Sergey Derevyanchenko UD-8 Elvin Ayala
This was a total shutout by Derevyanchenko (6-0, 4 KO), who just dominated the action from start to finish in really impressive fashion. Scores were 80-71, 80-71, and 80-72. BLH had it 80-72.
Derevyanchenko, 29, looks like he'll be in middleweight contention sooner than later. Unlike Ievgen Khytrov (who we'll discuss in a moment here), he hasn't shown any weaknesses so far as a fighter. He doesn't have the greatest defense, maybe, but he controls well offensively and keeps the fight going the way he wants it. He's clearly the better prospect of the two at this point.
Ievgen Khytrov TKO-8 Nick Brinson
Khytrov (11-0, 10 KO) didn't look great in this one, though he did eventually get the job done. There's going to be some controversy over how this ended, as Brinson (17-4-2, 7 KO) deliberately took a knee with about 30 seconds left in the fight as a strategy, and referee Earl Brown immediately stopped the fight, much to Brinson's protest.
And Brinson won't feel better after he finds out he was up on two of three scorecards, 68-65 and a frankly absurd 70-62, with the third card a 66-66 draw when the fight was stopped. BLH had it 67-65 for Brinson, who was reeling the last few rounds with an empty gas tank. Judge Tony Perez having a shutout for Brinson is completely indefensible, as bad a scorecard as you'll ever see, really. Khytrov had a great argument for a 10-8 round in the seventh as he totally battered Brinson around the ring for three minutes, but Perez saw that for Brinson, too, apparently.
The bigger story here, at least long term, is that Khytrov once again didn't exactly look like a Grade-A prospect, and Brinson was schooling him early in this fight. Obviously there's time to improve, but there are some red flags with Khytrov in his last couple of outings.
As for judge Tony Perez, one fan on Twitter at the fight said that he saw Perez taking shots at the bar between fights, and that he also removed his glasses in round one of this fight, and never put them back on. Lou DiBella, tonight's promoter, said that Perez did have the seventh round a 10-8, but for Brinson, which means that Perez most likely was scoring everything in the wrong columns for the entire fight. However you slice it, he was terrible.
Regis Prograis UD-8 Amos Cowart
This was a really impressive ShoBox debut for Prograis, who stayed incredibly busy throughout the fight, pumped his jab out constantly, put punches together in combination, and mixed in some effective body work. He was able to win the fight at range and on the inside. Cowart (11-1-1, 9 KO) landed a few heavy shots here and there, but Prograis (15-0, 12 KO) ate them and just kept on going, always bouncing right back. These two were untested and unknown, so it's hard to know how much stock to put into Prograis, but he should be back, and he's someone to watch.
Prograis threw 909 punches total in the fight, including 366 power shots and 543 jabs, landing 60% of his power punches and 42% overall. Scores were 79-71, 80-72, 80-72. BLH had it 80-72.