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Last year Vyacheslav Shabransky 17-0 (14KO’s) beat Yuniesky Gonzalez in a risky step up fight that had many believing it would be his first step toward increasing his competition level considering Gonzalez’s outstanding performance against former Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal. Since the win Shabransky has fought once dusting a low level opponent and tonight he made his return. To dust another low level opponent.
Shabransky has real power, real skill, and a really cool nick name (Chingonsky) but Shabransky has yet to maintain an upward progression toward contender status with two recent fights against woeful opposition. Tonight Oscar Riojas 10-6-1 (3KO’s) was the sacrificial lamb to lay at the feet of Chingonsky as he was blown out in under three rounds. A hard right hand put Riojas down in the third to signal the beginning of the end, Riojas would make it to his feet but had little left and defense clearly didn’t appear to be his strong-suit. A hard flurry of punches and the referee jumped in to call a halt to fight at 1:43.
“In the first round I wanted to see what he had as a fighter, by the second round I started to expose his weaknesses and knew that I could finish the fight early.” Finding fights for Shabransky could prove to be difficult because of the high risk for most light heavyweight contenders given the raw power and solid orthodox boxing skill of the Ukranian.
Co-Main event fighter Ivan “Striker” Delgado 10-0-1 (3KO’s) showed his grit in a seventh round stoppage of prospect truth serum Alejandro Ochoa 7-12-2 (1KO). Ochoa played spoiler to then undefeated prospect from Maryland, Kevin Rivers on the undercard of Matthysse vs. Postol last October. A hard counter left hook on a barreling Ochoa rocked him to make his glove touch the canvas in the first. Referee Lou Moret correctly ruled the knockdown.
Delgado was the crisper of the two and showed it with a well-timed left hand that landed early and often throughout the fight. Ochoa had a good third round landing shots and winning on his activity but Delgado would land another hard left hook that buckled the fighter from Santa Ana in the sixth round.
In the seventh Delgado landed another hard left hand that sent Ochoa reeling and to the canvas from Delgado’s follow up flurry. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. had seen enough and stopped the fight at 1:42 of the seventh to give Delgado and impressive win on EstrellaTv. “I never got frustrated because I knew I had to keep my cool and land my punches so I didn’t get sloppy, that’s how I was able to capture the knockout.”
Delgado is another good fighter to watch in Golden Boy’s thick stable of 126lb prospects along with the likes of Abraham Lopez and Joseph Diaz.
Alexis Rocha 4-0 (3KO’s) of nearby Santa Ana blew out Cancun’s Israel Villela 4-3 (1KO) in just over a minute to add another win to the column. Rocha, the brother of featherweight contender Ronny Rios is a big strong welterweight with a dearth of amateur experience that has looked good in his first four outings. “I thought he was going to rush me in the first round so I made sure to stay focused and aggressive. Once I had him down I knew I had to apply smart pressure”
Rocha has been blasting opponents early and often while filling seats with fans from neighboring Orange County.
Oscar Duarte 6-0-1 (3KO’s) wasted no time dispatching Omar Garcia 5-4 (1KO) at :58 seconds in the first round. A flurry of punches punctuated by an overhand right dropped Garcia hard. Garcia would make it up just before the 10 count but referee Raul Caiz Jr. read the quit in his eyes and waived the fight. Duarte impressed at the LA Fight Club again and is moving along nicely at this stage of his career.
Young prospect and seat filler David “Junebug” Mijares 3-0 (2KO) stopped opponent Jorrell Sparenberg 0-2 of Houston Texas in the second round of his third trip to the ring as a professional. Mijares came in hard landing big left hands from his south paw stance rocking Sparenberg at will. Amazingly Sparenberg survived the stanza to see the second bell but it would be short lived. A double jab followed by a left hook would rock Sparenberg; referee Lou Moret decided he wasn’t going to let Sparenberg get hurt tonight after looking way out of Mijares’s league and jumped in to call a halt to the action at 1:36 in the second.