Rob Brant TKO-4 Decarlo Perez
This didn't seem like an explosive matchup on paper, but Rob "Bravo" Brant (19-0, 12 KO) had other ideas, coming out extremely aggressive in this fight and putting Perez (15-4-1, 5 KO) on his heels immediately. Brant was solid in his first ShoBox fight last year, but this was a major statement, and raises Brant's prospect profile considerably. While Perez is no world-beater, he's a solid fighter, and this was a good matchup.
Brant dropped Perez hard in the third round on a straight right hand, and did it again early in round four, putting Perez on the canvas and halfway through the ropes, which brought in referee Rocky Burke to stop the fight pretty much immediately, as it was clearly over. I did not have Brant ranked in the top 10 middleweight prospects in the year-end review, but he made his case that he belongs in that discussion tonight.
Jarrell Miller TKO-7 Donovan Dennis
This fight, like the opener (discussed below), featured a pair of knockdowns in the opening round, with Dennis (12-3, 10 KO) floored two times, displaying his questionable chin. But he also displayed a lot of heart, and fought his way back into this one in the third and fourth rounds, despite being up against it facing a big puncher and a huge man in a very small ring (16x16, according to Showtime's broadcast team). Eventually, Miller (16-0-1, 14 KO) had too much for Dennis, wearing him out after finding his own second win, and battering him to a stoppage in the seventh round, landing a trio of clean shots that forced the referee to step in.
Miller also took the time to call out everyone in the division, including "Joshua Anthony":
Bakhtiyar Eyubov TKO-3 Jared Robinson
This was quite a statement for Eyubov (10-0, 10 KO), who hadn't faced anyone worthwhile to date. In what was really a big step up fight for the Kazakh puncher, he wiped out Robinson (16-3-1, 7 KO), dropping the South Carolina fighter twice in the first round, again in the second, and finished it off at 0:56 of the third round. His dance after the fight was also quite a thing.
Here are some highlights: