In what was the fight of the night at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, light heavyweight prospect Vyacheslav Shabranskyy remained undefeated with a majority decision win over Cuba's Yunieski Gonzalez in a fight that went the full ten rounds at a hot pace, including a fantastic seventh round.
Scores for the fight were 97-93 and 98-92 for Shabranskyy, plus an even 95-95 card. BLH scored the fight 97-93 for Shabranskyy (15-0, 12 KO), who was clearly in tough from the get-go, as Gonzalez (16-2, 12 KO) came out firing. Shabranskyy met that aggression with his own, and the two fighters went hard all night, resulting in a fight where both guys came out looking strong, and should each be welcome back to TV.
It's the second straight loss for Gonzalez, but both were in competitive, entertaining fights against good opponents. His loss this summer to Jean Pascal was debatable, and Shabranskyy is a top prospect. It's a big win for Shabranskyy, but really shouldn't be a huge setback for Gonzalez. He can fight, and there's no doubt about that.
Gabe Rosado (22-9, 9 KO) picked up his first win since 2012 with a decision win over veteran Joshua Clottey (39-5, 22 KO), who was making his first appearance on an HBO show since his miserable 2010 pay-per-view loss to Manny Pacquiao almost six years ago.
It was a familiar story for the 38-year-old Clottey, as he began the fight fairly strong, but saw it slip away when Rosado, who turns 30 next month, upped his output. Work rate got Rosado through for the win. Two of the judges saw it 97-93 for Rosado, and a third had it 96-94. BLH had it 97-93 for Rosado, who towered over the former welterweight in this 158-pound catchweight bout.
Yuriorkis Gamboa, fighting as a lightweight, scored a 10-round decision win over former prospect Hylon Williams Jr in the HBO Latino opener, on scores of 98-92, 98-92, and 96-94. BLH had it 96-94 for Gamboa (25-1, 17 KO), who was repeatedly warned for his tactics, clinching incessantly and hitting on the break. He was never docked a point, however. It was really not a very impressive performance for Gamboa, whose career has been a mess since he left Top Rank in 2012, fighting just five times in that stretch, and more often than not having notable trouble even in victory.