Jamel Herring vs Luis Flores, Gabriel Tolmajyan vs Raynell Williams, Rosemberg Gomez vs Alex Martin
BY KID HERSH
PBC on FS1 from Bethlehem Pennsylvania. First up was Rosemberg Gomez (17-4-1, 13ko's) vs Alex Martin (11-0, 5ko's). The first round was mostly a feeler round for both guys, although Martin was the fighter that established himself better by using his speed to pepper the Nicaraguan. In the second round Martin really got going from the start, peppering Rosemberg with shots and then sitting down on them when Rosemberg was waving him in asking for more. He also threw lots of shots to the body that were clearly slowing down Rosemberg, despite him looking energetic and coming forward and asking for more. He got beat up in the round, although Martins power is in question. The action slowed in the third round and into the fourth. Rosemberg is having trouble hitting Martin, who is showing great defensive capability while still potshotting his man. Martin turned up the heat to end the fourth round, landing a left hand that staggered Gomez for the first time in the fight. Despite the little band-aid on his back, Rosemberg is a pretty rugged fighter as he is continuing to come forward and show good energy from solid training in trying his best. He just can't reach Martin though, who is too slick and too fast to be caught. Martin continued easily boxing his man and turning it up in spurts to damage Rosemberg but he was not able to seriously hurt him. He won via shutout.
Next up was Gabriel Tolmajyan (14-4-2, 3ko's) vs Raynell Williams (10-0, 5ko's). The first round was a feeler but Williams made it blatantly obvious that his speed is far too much for Tolmajyan, who is only able to land arm punches to the stomach occasionally that have little to no effect. In the coming rounds Williams looked sharp but nervous. You can tell he has a lot of talent that is not quite shaped to perfection just yet. Tolmajyan is far too slow for Williams, who can rip off a combination while he is still working on getting his first shot to the target. Despite the serious disadvantage in speed though, Tolmajyan is still able to time his shots perfectly and catch the speedy youngster counters or punches in between his shots, positioning himself like a veteran. Tolmajyan was actually backing up Williams in the fifth round, getting comfortable and pressing his man while making Williams hesitant to pull the trigger. The fight completely changed back in the sixth round, with Tolmajyan shaking his right arm as if he hurt it. Not only his demeanor changed but everything about the fight was tilted back into Williams favor in the sixth. The body shots that Williams put in for the first half of the fight might be paying dividends as well. Williams was in complete control going down the stretch, especially in the seventh round where he was just having fun and doing whatever he wanted. He only had a scare in the eight when with about a minute left in the fight he stepped into a left hand that hurt him. Tolmajyan simply doesn't have the power to take his man out though, as Williams recovered after about thirty seconds and closed the fight - just barely though for a given amount of time there. It is actually a huge setback for Williams, despite winning the UD. He nearly got knocked out by the flabby unknown with only three knockouts on his record! Lots of talent but that chin just plain scares me after what we saw tonight.
Main event time with Jamel Herring (14-0, 8ko's) vs Luis Flores (21-2, 17ko's). In the first round Herring started fast with lots of movement and using his quick hands to get Flores reacting to him instead of getting off himself. In the second round Flores tried to get busy by stepping in with his right hand but was missing and instead hitting with his head. Herring got back into rhythm midway through the round, landing the best punch of the fight thus far a little over two minutes into the round when he landed a left hook flush that Flores did not see coming. The shot stunned him and sent him backwards, showing that Herring can hurt Flores. In the next few rounds Herring continued to outbox his man, peppering him with shots to discourage Flores, but not really damage him. About the best thing Flores could land was head butts when he was bulling forward. Two minutes into the fifth round a knockdown was scored, with reviews showing it was a tangle of legs that caused it. Then another knockdown was scored before the end of the round for some icing on the cake (this one being a real knockdown with a nice check right hook from Herring). The knockdowns really mattered not though, because in the coming rounds and up to this point Herring is just absolutely dominating his man and is going to have to get knocked out to lose this fight as it looks like his motor is revved up and has not lost anything at all. Herring is landing great body shots in addition to the punishment up top and is just so far in control that it seems impossible he could lose it. This would be further shown going down the streetch as Herring was actually sitting down on his shots and looking to possibly stop his man. He would not get the stoppage, and get buzzed in the eighth round from a right hand for the first time in the fight, but he would show his superiority in every way in this fight and win the shutout.