Tonight at 10:00 pm EST, ShoBox: The Next Generation is back with a triple-header from Brooklyn, headlined by Frank Galzarza in a junior middleweight bout against Sheldon Moore.
Galarza (16-0-2, 10 KO) is known as "The Brooklyn Rocky," and has been on ShoBox twice already. The 28-year-old Moore is a Belgian fighter with a frankly empty record that doesn't inspire much hope on paper. But you really never know until you know. We certainly have a hometown favorite in this fight, but stranger things have happened.
Middleweight prospect Ievgen Khytrov (9-0, 9 KO) will look to keep his KO streak alive against Aaron Coley (9-0-1, 6 KO). Khytrov, 26, was a 2011 gold medalist at the World Amateur Championships, and is a serious prospect to watch. He ripped power-punching Jorge Melendez inside of eight rounds in his last fight, and has bowled over guys like Willie Fortune and Chris Chatman, who were solid opposition early in a career. Coley, 24, is a California southpaw, but really hasn't faced anyone of note in his career to date. This is a big step up for him.
Also in action will be another middleweight prospect, Russia's Sergiy Derevyanchenko. The 29-year-old was a 2008 Olympian, losing in the second round to Cuba's Emilio Correa. He turned pro in July 2014, and has gone 4-0 (3 KO) since then, including a win over Vladine Biosse in his last fight on February 20. Derevyanchenko will face Alan Campa (13-1, 9 KO), a Mexican fighter with another fairly empty record whose lone loss came to Jose Pinzon in 2013.
Frank Galarza defeats Sheldon Moore by KO, 1:41 of round 3
Ievgen Khytrov defeats Aaron Coly by unanimous decision (78-74, 79-73, 79-73)
Sergiy Derevyanchenko defeats Alan Campa by TKO, 1:17 of round 4
FRANK GALARZA vs SHELDON MOORE
Round 1: Galarza with some decent work here, and Moore is there. Moore will apparently move to the U.S. (he has dual citizenship) if he wins this fight, so it's a big night for him. Moore working a decent jab and lands a right hand, too. Not looking like a bad matchup at all. Moore 10-9
Round 2: Hey, hey, this is a bit of a fight. Both guys working on the inside, but Galarza seems to be getting the better of that. Much better round for Galarza, both guys making some tactical adjustments. Galarza 10-9, 19-19
Round 3: Moore keeping distance again to start this round, the 1-2 from outside. Galarza comes in with his own combo. Moore caught with a counter shot and he is down after two more shots! It's over! He got caught throwing and that was it. Stunned, hurt, and knocked out.
IEVGEN KHYTROV vs AARON COLEY
Round 1: Khytrov appears too strong early for Coley, seeming to shake him just a little on a body shot. Coley sticks in a left hand from outside. Khytrov stalking forward, dipping low when he leads with a left hook. Coley missing a lot, Khytrov sort of feeling him out right now. Coley flicks out a couple jabs, then turns him and hits a left. Coley is doing some decent work here, and making it hard for Khytrov to hit him clean. But Ievgen won the round. Khytrov 10-9
Round 2: Coley continuing the momentum he built a bit in the second half of the first round, and he's sticking Khytrov with some straight shots. Repeatedly, even. Khytrov sticks in a good right hand, though, and shakes Coley just a bit. Khytrov turning up the heat and making Coley even more awkward. Khytrov landed enough good shots to take the round, but Coley is here. Khytrov 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Coley still making Khytrov miss, and now Khytrov waiting a bit more, trying to figure out his way in. Khytrov gets a right hand in. Another right, and then a BIG right late in the round. Coley's just not doing enough significant damage to win any rounds, and not outworking Khytrov enough to overcome that. So I've got Khytrov up 3-0, but this is an interesting fight. Khytrov 10-9, 30-27
Round 4: Khytrov pressing more this round and starting to take over the fight. Coley's rhythm disrupting tactics not working as well this round, and this was a clear Khytrov round, whereas the last couple were a little more debatable. Farhood has Khytrov up 4-0, too, so I'm in good company. Khytrov 10-9, 40-36
Round 5: Coley now surviving, he may have done as much as he can with this fight. Khytrov has hurt him, and Coley has not responded in kind. Khytrov working consistently and battering away, not huge, eye-catching stuff, but thudding blows that have slowed Coley legs. Right hand from Khytrov, and a good one. Uppercut, left, and a right lands from Khytrov. He's taking over, bWo style. Khytrov 10-9, 50-45
Round 6: A bit more trading, and Coley lands a hard shot, but Khytrov doesn't even budge. Khytrov winging right hands and attacking the body. Left hook from Khytrov stings Coley, a really clean shot. Coley's legs going on him and he's trying to stay out of Khytrov's range. But he's moving into the right and back to the ropes. A couple more clipping shots from Khytrov. Coley to the body and he makes it out of the round. Khytrov 10-9, 60-54
Round 7: Coley's shown a lot of desire but he's also looking worse for wear at this point. Coley still working here and Khytrov seems to be running out of ideas, too. So that's a credit to Coley's awkwardness and ability to effectively tie up Khytrov. He's also lost the entire fight, but this is a lesson for Khytrov. Khytrov 10-9, 70-63
Round 8: "Coley has the ability to frustrate Khytrov, but he doesn't have the ability to hurt him," Farhood wisely notes. Coley just surviving this round, and he becomes the first man to go the distance as a pro against Khytrov. Khytrov 10-9, 80-72
SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO vs ALAN CAMPA
Round 1: Campa clearly wants to use his range, as he looks much bigger than Derevyanchenko. Jab coming forward from Derevyanchenko, though. And he's already marking up Campa's face a little bit on the right side. Campa with a straight shot that lands, then a right hand body shot from Derevyanchenko, followed with a left up top. Derevyanchenko stalking and working patiently. Campa gets in an uppercut, though. Campa targets the body with two shots, not landing. Derevyanchenko pops away with a few shots, some blocked, none heavy. Derevyanchenko 10-9
Round 2: Campa looking really robotic to start this round, and he gets hurt with a right hand about a minute into the round. Derevyanchenko with a combination attack, and Campa could be in trouble here. Derevyanchenko not pressing, though, not getting crazy about anything. Campa trying to stay on the outside but he's struggling. There's a three punch combo from Campa, none of it landing clean. Big shot in the corner and down goes Campa! He's up and will make it out of the round. Derevyanchenko 10-8, 20-17
Round 3: Derevyanchenko looks like he's ready to close the show if it comes to him, as he's pressing heavily to start the round. Big right hand, big left hand, big right hand. Big shots. Shots. Shots. Shots. Derevyanchenko now beating him up. Just ripping him with both hands, head and body. Campa marked up under the left eye, too. More combo work from Derevyanchenko. This is a wipeout now. It looks like a total mismatch. CLEAN right hand from Derevyanchenko, and Campa is hurt again. Campa trying to fire back, but missing. Another right hand lead lands. Derevyanchenko can't miss. Another right hand. Campa is constantly backing himself to the ropes and then he gets ripped. Campa gets out of the round but this is just a matter of time until Derevyanchenko ends it or the referee does or the corner does. Derevyanchenko 10-8, 30-25
Round 4: Derevyanchenko continues the assault and drops Campa for a second time just under a minute into the ring. Campa seems to have no desire to continue. Referee could stop this as Derevyanchenko continues the beating, and Ricky Gonzalez does step in.