The great thing about ShoBox is that, at its best, it gives us a chance to see great prospects in real tests. Sometimes, like last night, they fail.
While the first two fights of last night's tripleheader at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino went as plan, the main event did not, as Jarrett Hurd knocked Frank Galarza from the ranks of the undefeated in a super welterweight clash.
Hurd (17-0, 11 KO) reportedly dominated the fight from the beginning, eventually sending Galarza to the canvas for the first time in the fourth round. Though Galarza (17-1-2, 11 KO) made it back up, Hurd eventually beat the fight out of him in the sixth with a hard right uppercut and follow-up punches.
The other A-sides, admittedly in more-favorable matchups, had a bit more success. Top middleweight prospect Sergiy "The Technician" Derevyanchenko (7-0, 5 KO) dismantled Jessie Nicklow (25-8-3, 8 KO) in three rounds, landing 72% of his power punches in the process, while light heavyweight David Benavidez (11-0, 10 KO) smashed Felipe Romero (19-10-1, 13 KO) in the first with a lovely sequence of body shots.
On the untelevised undercard, Bermane Stiverne returned to the ring for the first time since losing to Deontay Wilder in January, facing journeyman Derric Rossy. You may remember Rossy (30-11, 14 KO) as the last man to ever lose to Audley Harrison back in 2013. Here, he managed to drop Stiverne in the first, but ultimately dropped a unanimous decision. Stiverne (25-2 21 KO) took at least six rounds on all three scorecards, but I think the takeaway from this fight is that Derric Rossy scored as many knockdowns on Stiverne as Deontay Wilder did.