Regis Prograis KO-1 Aaron Herrera
On paper, this was a stay-busy fight for Prograis (17-0, 14 KO), matched against young veteran Herrera (29-5-1, 18 KO), who's been around but didn't figure to present real resistance. And he didn't. Two minutes into the fight, Herrera was down and out on body shots.
Ivan Baranchyk KO-1 Nicholas Givhan
Here's the entire fight:
Baranchyk is now 10-0 (9 KO), and Givhan 16-1-1 (10 KO).
Ivan Golub RTD-6 Marlon Aguas
Not exactly the sort of impressive performance Golub (11-0, 9 KO) might have hoped for in his ShoBox debut, but that may be entirely due to the style matchup against Aguas (9-1, 6 KO), whose jittery awkwardness made it sort of tough for Golub to establish rhythm.
Still, Golub got through the fight and won convincingly. The tall southpaw welterweight, originally from Ukraine and now fighting out of Brooklyn, scored a questionable second round knockdown, but that was erased immediately as Aguas came right back and dropped Golub pretty hard.
After that, though, it was largely the Ivan Golub show. He started to use his jab effectively, wearing out the jittery and energy-wasting Aguas with controlled output. Aguas showed a decent right hand in the fight, but that was about it. Late in the sixth, with Aguas spent, Golub dropped him again. Though Aguas got up and made it through the bell, his corner stopped the fight there. Definitely need to see more of Golub before making any bold statements on his future. This was maybe a bit disappointing, but Aguas' style didn't make it easy for him to shine.
Justin DeLoach KO-4 Dillon Cook
In a 154-pound matchup to open the show, Justin DeLoach, trained by George Peterson and Paul Williams, knocked out hometown hero Dillon Cook at 2:47 of the fourth round with a stunning right hand, an early contender for KO of the Year.
This was a fight where the style matchup was obvious right away, and clearly was not going to work in Cook's advantage. Cook (16-1, 6 KO) did give a good accounting of himself overall, but he was outclassed in terms of skill, as DeLoach (14-1, 8 KO) was demonstrably faster and just more talented. Cook gave the effort, though. He looked for openings to counter, did land a few decent shots, and stood his ground as best he could. But the speed gap in particular was massive. DeLoach landed a right hand as Cook was throwing a hook late in the fourth round, dropping Cook to his knees and ending the fight. Jury's out on how far DeLoach can go, but we'll definitely see him back on ShoBox.