Frank Galarza stayed undefeated with a pretty knockout of Sheldon Moore in tonight's ShoBox main event, making the hometown fans in Brooklyn happy to close a solid night of action at the Aviator Sports Complex.
Galarza (17-0-2, 11 KO) improved to 3-0 on ShoBox, but it didn't come easy. Moore (13-3-1, 9 KO) was showing a pretty decent game plan in the first couple of rounds, happy to box on the outside and use his jab to keep Galarza at bay, especially in round one. In round two, Galarza forced a bit more of an inside fight, and he appeared the stronger guy in close quarters, leading to Moore going back to the range he liked in round three.
But when Moore came in open throwing a shot, Galarza pounced, rocking him back with a solid blow, then going in for the knockout. After a couple more shots, Galarza floored Moore, who appeared dazed, stunned, and hurt. Referee Benjy Esteves Jr's count reached ten, and the fight was over.
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Middleweight prospect Ievgen Khytrov had to go the distance for the first time as a pro, but scored a fairly dominant win over a tricky southpaw in Aaron Coley, who gave a solid accounting of himself, too. Khytrov went to 10-0 (9 KO) on scores of 78-74, 79-73, and 79-73. BLH had it 80-72 for Khytrov. Coley drops to 9-1-1 (6 KO).
Khytrov, 26, certainly didn't have the sort of eye-popping night that he might have liked, but he also got some valuable experience in this bout. Coley turned out to be an awkward opponent who could neutralize a lot of what Khytrov wanted to do, and the 24-year-old Californian was able to test Khytrov's patience by frustrating him frequently.
The difference, though, was that Khytrov could hurt Coley, and Coley could not hurt Khytrov. It was really that simple.
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Ukraine's Sergiy Derevyanchenko improved to 5-0 (4 KO) with a wipeout of Mexico's Alan Campa (13-2, 9 KO), dropping Campa two times en route to a dominant fourth round stoppage win. Derevyanchenko, 29, really looked like a potential contender here, putting punches together very nicely, taking his time when he was working, and landing accurately and consistently with hard shots, especially when he turned up the heat in rounds three and four.
The first knockdown of the bout came in round two, with about 20 seconds left in the frame, when he had Campa cornered -- a familiar area for the fight -- and unleashed a combo that sent him to the canvas. The third round was totally one-sided, though Campa stayed on his feet. BLH scored that a 10-8 round for Derevyanchenko, anyway. And the fourth saw Campa go down a little less than a minute in, and not look much like he wanted to continue. After a further assault, referee Ricky Gonzalez made the right call and stepped in to stop the fight.
Derevyanchenko, who is promoted by Lou DiBella, has a lot more pro-style experience than his official record (or one of them, anyway) might lead one to believe, as he was a veteran of the World Series of Boxing, going 23-1 against largely better fighters than guys face early in their pro careers. He also went a reported 390-20 as an amateur. The result here is certainly no surprise, but he looks like he's got the goods for real.