In the main event of the Saturday, December 19, 2015 edition of HBO’s Boxing After Dark telecast, former heavyweight world title contender Bryant “By–By” Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) of Philadelphia, took on the heavy-handed Cuban heavyweight Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (23-0, 20 KOs) in a 12-round matchup for the WBA Interim Heavyweight title.
Also on the card was Nicolas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0, 21 KOs) taking on Jason Sosa (18-1-3, 14 KOs) in a 10-round junior lightweight bout.
Immediately following the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast, HBO Latino Boxing featured a tape delayed telecast featuring more action.
The main event of the HBO Latino telecast featured Yuneski Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) of Del Rio, Cuba facing off against Los Angeles’ undefeated Vyacheslav “Lion Heart – Chingonsky” Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs) in a fight scheduled for 10-rounds.
The co-main event featured an exciting 10-round middleweight fight between “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) and former IBF Welterweight world champion, Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (39-5, 22 KOs).
Opening up the HBO Latino telecast was former WBA and IBF Featherweight world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs) squaring off against Hylon Williams Jr. (16-1-1, 3 KOs) of Houston in a 10-round lightweight bout.
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Luis Ortiz vs. Bryant Jennings
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Ortiz scored a seventh-round knockout against Jennings.
Jennings fought very aggressively throughout the fight, while Ortiz boxed calmly and looked for counter-punching opportunities.
In Round 7, after hurting Jennings with uppercuts twice before, Ortiz dropped Jennings with an uppercut and finished the fight with a barrage of shots.
Walters fought to a majority draw against Sosa.
Walters fought at close range the entire fight, and his body shots were an important factor in what was supposed to be win for him. Sosa put up a good fight, but was not consistent enough or effective enough to win the fight.
One judge scored the fight 96-94 for Sosa, while the other two judges scored it a 95-95 draw.
Rosado, after several losses in a row, finally put a win in the books with a ten-round unanimous decision against Clottey.
Rosado won with scores of 93-97, 3-97, and 94-96.
“I think that I delivered an entertaining fight tonight and I was happy with my performance. I have great respect for Joshua Clottey, he is great fighter an African warrior. I am ready for my next big challenge, I would like a shot at Canelo next,” said Rosado.
Shabransky scored a ten-round unanimous decision against Gonzalez. Shabransky won with scores of 92-98, 93-97 and 95-95.
Jorge Melendez vs. Steve Martinez
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Melendez scored a second-round knockout against Martinez.
Melendez stopped Martinez at 1:33 of the second round.
Ballard scored a unanimous decision victory against Pena. Ballard won with three scores of 60-54.
Gamboa scored a ten-round unanimous decision victory against Williams. Gamboa won with scores of 96-94, 98-92 and 98-92.
“It feels good to be back in the ring. I trained in Cuba, and I feel that all the hard paid off,” said Gamboa.
“I was faster and stronger in the ring and I just want to thank SMS Promotions for the opportunity. I know I dominated the action tonight, I made sure he knew I was in control from the first round,” said Gamboa of his performance.
“Once I established control I let him run around. I am not upset that this fight went all 10 rounds, in fact I am glad because I know everyone was able to see my power,” Gamboa concluded.