Ukrainian welterweight Ivan Golub won his third straight on tonight’s edition of Broadway Boxing, which made its premiere on UFC Fight Pass, beating Manuel Reyes by a wide decision over 10 rounds.
Golub (16-1, 12 KO) won on scores of 99-91, 100-90, and 100-90. BLH had it 98-92 for the 30-year-old southpaw.
Golub was cut in the second round on a punch from Reyes (11-5-1, 5 KO), but mostly was able to control the action. Reyes proved tough enough to hang in there for 10 rounds, though, and that wasn’t from lack of effort by Golub or anything. Golub landed some good body shots early that would’ve finished a total bum, and had Reyes hurt in the 10th round, too.
It definitely wasn’t the most eye-catching win for Golub, but it kept him active and winning, and he’ll move on to the next fight now.
Bakhodir Jalolov TKO-1 Brendan Barrett
Jalolov (6-0, 6 KO) is a legit heavyweight prospect, and represented Uzbekistan at the 2016 Olympics, losing in the quarterfinals to Joe Joyce. Lou DiBella indicated that he may compete at the Olympics again, which is allowed now, of course. He’s a 6’7” southpaw with skills. Barrett (7-3-2, 5 KO) is a 37-year-old club fighter who came in on very short notice, replacing Jalolov’s original opponent, who was a 6’10” guy. Barrett is 5’10”. He got drilled with a left hand, tried and failed to grab onto Jalolov, and then went down. The doctor told the referee to stop it there.
Alicia Napoleon-Espinosa TKO-2 Eva Bajic
Napoleon-Espinosa (11-1, 6 KO) holds the WBA super middleweight title, but fights closer to the junior middleweight limit. This was a stay-busy, non-title fight and win over Bajic (14-17, 9 KO). Commentary kinda tried to put over the idea that it was impressive because Bajic is durable, but this was the ninth time Bajic has been stopped. Bajic went down early in the second round, and Napoleon-Espinosa hit her while she was down, too, but that was ignored. Bajic went down again and the referee recommended stopping the fight at 1:04. Alicia talked up a fight with Franchon Crews-Dezurn, the WBC titleholder. If you recognize that name, that may be because Crews-Dezurn was the opponent for Claressa Shields’ pro debut in 2016, in what was also Crews-Dezurn’s debut. Crews-Dezurn has since won four straight, including beating Maricela Cornejo for the vacant WBC belt in Sept. 2018.
Hurshidbek Normatov UD-6 Calvin Metcalf
26-year-old Uzbek Normatov (8-0, 3 KO) is a junior middleweight, and a tall one, a 6’2” southpaw. He was a little stiff, a little straight up. He dropped Metcalf (9-2-1, 2 KO) in the second round, but Metcalf got up quickly and went the distance. Metcalf had some kind of Hulk Hogan hair with a ponytail and mutton chops, it’s certainly a look you remember. Scores were 60-53 across the board, as they should have been, but Normatov wasn’t as impressive as that might seem.
Brian Ceballo TKO-3 Ricardo Garcia
Before this got going, commentator Brian Adams very honestly remarked, “I personally think you’re wasting a young prospect’s time by not having him in there with someone who’s gonna push him,” speaking of the fact that Garcia (14-6-1, 9 KO) came into this fight 0-5-1 in his last six. He also criticized Ceballo (8-0, 4 KO) for a big celebration after the win. “Did you think you were going to lose?” In short, Brian Adams had no time for this matchup. He may be my new favorite commentator. Anyway, 25-year-old welterweight Ceballo dropped Garcia in the third with about a minute left, and finished him off about 35 seconds later, forcing the referee to stop the fight.
Khalid Twaiti TKO-3 Jeno Tonte
Twaiti, a 23-year-old super bantamweight, improves to 5-0 (3 KO) with the win over Tonte, who drops to 9-7 (8 KO). Tonte was game and willing to scrap, but woefully outgunned. The stoppage at 1:13 of round three was really a bit premature, but it’s not like Tonte was going to win or anything. Every time Twaiti got Tonte to the ropes, he just unloaded everything he knew how to throw.