Rob Brant vs DeCarlo Perez, Donovan Dennis vs Jarrell Miller & Bakhtiyar Eyubov vs Jared Robinson
BY KID HERSH
ShoBox card from Tucson Arizona. First up was Bakhtiyar Eyubov (9-0, 9ko's) vs Jared Robinson (16-2-1, 7ko's). Eyubov, despite the joker hair, has an extensive amateur career where he was known for knocking guys out just like he is known for in the pros already. He has not been tested hard yet though and Robinson is a step up for him. In the first round Eyubov showed his great power, which Paulie Malignaggi said are the heaviest hands he has ever sparred with. He caught Robinson with a left hook when Robinson was throwing his own left hook and the shot snapped his head and dropped him hard. He rose and was able to weather the storm but took more damage in doing so. Eyubov was gunning for the knockout but he was still patient with his demeanor, not forcing it and not going guns blazing and emptying his gas tank unnecessarily. He scored another knockdown at the end of the round when he caught Robinson with another left hook hook that stumbled him back into the ropes, where he was only held up by them. The second round was a lot like the first with Eyubov scoring a knockdown early on (this time from a right hand followed by a left) and then Robinson weathering the storm and getting in trouble late in the round again. What impressed me the most so far, aside from the obvious in Eyubov and his extremely heavy hands, is that Robinson is still standing and looking calm for that matter. It was all over in the third round though, as Eyubov jumped all over Robinson and Robinson was not answering back anymore so the referee stopped the fight. All I gotta say is wow - Eyubov was supremely impressive here and a surefire blue chip prospect to watch and keep a close eye on. He grew up with Golovkin and has the same demeanor as he was joyous in celebration - even to the point where he had a nice long dance at the ready to show everyone that went on for quite a while as he was smiling and celebrating. I like this guy a lot already, he looks like a Brandon Rios type of fighter.
Next up was Donovan Dennis (12-2-1, 10ko's) vs Jarrell Miller (15-0-1, 13ko's). In the first round it wa a wipeout, with Miller cracking Dennis's chin (that has been cracked plenty before) and knocking him down two times. Dennis made it through the round though and took his corners advice to stay away from Miller and box his man. He was still awkward on his feet in the second round though, hurting his knee or leg when he was stepping back to get away from Miller early on. I thought it was surely all over at this point but Miller, looked tired to my eyes at this point - unless he is just picking his spots carefully because he knows he has his man at this point. Dennis was landing some very good straight left hands on Miller and while they did not look to be doing much for damage they were still very hard shots and scoring flush while Miller was lumbering forward. Dennis took the momentum into the third round and easily outboxed Big Baby, as he was using his range and reach (despite being about the same as Millers) to score on Miller as he was lumbering forward but not throwing much for punches anymore. The fourth round was more like the third, with Miller even getting hurt for the first time in the fight. Unfortunately, it looks to me like Dennis is going for broke here, on his last leg and fighting it out. It is a great show of heart and guts but I don't think he can keep this pace up in order to keep Miller off of him for the remainder of the fight. The fight definitively changed in the fifth round, with Miller getting some rhythm back and carrying it into the sixth round where he was flowing very clearly with a second wind and Dennis is fading more and more. It was all over in the seventh round right as I was wondering when in the hell the referee was going to stop the fight because Dennis was out on his feet for well over a minute and looked like a mummy walking around in the ring. Not a real impressive win here by Big Baby, he had a good handful of rounds in the early to mid section where he was lumbering forward and not doing much of anything other than looking like a big overweight heavyweight that was being outpointed by a very small heavyweight (which one could say is what happened actually). He has promise though, he just needs to improve that stamina in my opinion.
Main event time featuring Rob Brant (18-0, 11ko's) vs DeCarlo Perez (15-3-1, 5ko's). In the first round both fighters were very tense and throwing sharp shots that they were putting all of their power into. Brant was landing the better shots and stunning Perez frequently, while Perez was landing left hooks on occasion that were good shots but not doing any noticeable damage. Brant was looking like he was starting to lose his steam when suddenly he landed a left hand midway through the third round that dropped Perez. Then early in the fourth round Brant ended the fight abruptly with a right hand that blasted home on Perez's exposed chin and put him out cold. It was a beauty of a right hand, although at this point I have to question Perez's chin, and/or if it was broken down because it did not look like the most devastating shot of all time and Brant is not known for being a puncher. In any case though, it is the best he has looked to this point for sure.