Friday night in Tucson, Arizona on ShoBox: The New Generation, Kazakhstan knockout artist Bakhtiyar Eyubov, Jarrell “Baby Big” Miller, and Rob Brant were able to secure important victories in their respective careers.
Brant (19-0, 12 KOs) made quick work of DeCarlo Perez (16-4-1, 5 KOs) within four rounds of their scheduled 10-round bout.
Brant dominated Perez in all aspects of the fight, being able to land combinations at will. In the fourth round, Brant landed a right-hook that sent Perez through the ropes. Referee Rocky Burke stopped the contest after an unconscious Perez fell in dramatic fashion.
After the bout, Brant spoke about his performanc. “I was looking to improve on my last performance and I feel it was mission accomplished. We cut down the angles and threw the aggressive shots we wanted to and the results came,” said Brant.
“My purpose is to become a champion, said Brant.” “Now I’m on to the next goal.”
As he improves to 19-0, 12 KOs, Brant is a talented fighter to look out for in the Middleweight division.
In the co-main event, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs) scored an impressive late TKO over Donovan Dennis (13-3, 11 KOs).
Miller landed and hurt Dennis in the first round, causing two knockdowns in the process. Surprisingly, Dennis survived and came back strong the following rounds.
Using his crafty defense and slick counterpunching, Dennis made the fight competitive between rounds 2 and 5. His body shots were effective and landed every time.
Starting the seventh round, Miller landed a punch that cut and bothered Dennis’ left eye. Miller continued to apply pressure that eventually left referee Tony Zaino no choice but to stop the contest at 2:31 of the seventh round.
With the victory, Miller becomes NABA WBA Heavyweight Champion.
In the first televised bout, Kazakhstan born fighter Bakhtiyar Eyubov remained undefeated by knocking out stiff opponent Jared Robinson and improves to 10-0, 10 KOs.
With an early display of his power, Eyubov knocked Robinson down within the first 30 seconds of the first round. Robinson was down within the first minute of the upcoming rounds until referee stepped in at 56 seconds of the third and final round. Eyubov has monstrous power and is a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division.
The opening bout of the evening, both Carlos Cordova and David Courtney made their debut in the professional rankings. Cordova, the Tucson, Arizona native downed Courtney a total of three times to win via liver-shot.
After an excited opening bout, Keenan Carbajal battled slugger Thomas Herrera to a unanimous decision. After being hurt on several occasions, Carbajal did enough in the judges’ scorecards to improve his record to 9-2-1, 5 KOs.
In a crowd pleasing fight, Demond Brock (10-3-1, 3 KOs) faced battle tested Samuel Teah (7-1-1, 2 KOs). Both fighters implemented their game plan in different periods of the fight.
Brock was successful when he was able to close the distance and land powerful overhand punches, while Teah did enough to outbox Brock with his jab when he was able to maintain a favorable distance.
Judges at ringside scored the bout 77-75, 74-78, and 76-76. Brock vs Teah ends in a split draw.
In the last preliminary bout, Tucson, Arizona’s own Alfonso Olvera (6-2, 3 KOs) faced overmatched Colbert Lozoya. In the only mismatch of the preliminaries, Olvera was able to TKO Lozoya at 1:12 of the fourth round.
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