Sergey Lipinets vs Levan Ghvamichava, Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs Mike Guy, Kevin Watts vs Michal Chudecki
BY KID HERSH
PBC on FS1 from Nice, California. First up was Kevin Watts (10-0, 3ko's) vs Michal Chudecki (11-1-1, 3ko's). The first round was a feeler, with both guys looking to measure the other's power and waiting to see what openings they offer. The second round was more of the same but in the third round Watts started to open up more, getting more aggressive while sitting down on his shots. He showed that he can hurt Chudecki, who is constantly moving and trying but not landing anything of note. Watts is able to position his front foot outside of Chudecki's at times now and blast home powerful hooks. By the fourth round Watts was taking over the fight, blasting home more shots on Chudecki who is trying to get more aggressive but it is only causing him more damage as evidenced by this round where he took heavy damage and may have been knocked down midway through but got a call his way with the referee ruling it a slip. Chudecki's left eye was bleeding heavily by the end of the round now from being picked apart by the patient but straight-shooting Watts. The fifth round started out with a great punch - one that got everyone on their feet as Chudecki came out wild and got caught with a right hand followed by a left hook that snapped his head back violently and dropped him to the canvas. He was still noticeably hurt as he was bleeding profusely from the left eye further getting torn open wider. The end came a couple I notes later after he was chased around the ring by Watts and took further damage until the referee had just plain seen enough. Watts is the type of fighter that does not have great power so it would just be a prolonged punishment as we have even witnessed in this round. Good stoppage, good showing and great win by Watts.
Next up was Sergiy Derevyanchenko (7-0, 5ko's) vs Mike Guy (8-1-1, 4ko's). The first couple rounds were very slow for Derevyanchenko. He was boxing his man, and while effectively edging the rounds he was not dominating them as he should have been. He was getting caught with shots from the clever and cagey veteran (if he has an amateur career I guess) but he should have been blasting this guy as Robert Garcia pointed out. Derevyanchenko start to sit down on his shots more in the third round and be more aggressive. He was noticeably hurting Guy but Guy had already gained confidence and thinks he belongs in the ring with this much more seasoned professional. Due to that I believe it is going to be harder for Derevyanchenko to take him out, as evidenced now. He should have started faster and showed him, mentally, that he did not belong in the ring with him from the very start. This continued through to the final round, as if to prove my point that despite Guy getting broken down and breathing heavily at times from the constant onslaught of body work and combinations that Derevyanchenko has been pouring on, Guy believes he belongs in there and so he has lasted far longer than he should have. In the eighth and final round Derevnyanchenko landed a right to the temple midway through the round that finally crippled Guy to the canvas. He got up though, and Derevyanchenko pursued and blasted him further until he fell yet again in the corner a little over thirty seconds later from a left hook to the body. He got up, showing that he really wants to finish, but the referee stopped the fight with a little over thirty seconds left in the fight. Too bad since Guy wanted to finish but Derevyanchenko winning but the only result here.
Main event time featuring Sergey Lipinets (8-0, 6ko's) vs Levan Ghvamichava (16-1-1, 12ko's). Ghvamichava is nicknamed The Wolf for obvious reasons, as when he takes off his shirt it looks like he is wearing a sweater or is a Werewolf with all of his "man hair" covering his entire body - even all the way to his unibrow. The first round was a feeler until near the end of it both both men started opening up with more body shots and put more power behind their punches. Lipinets started to warm up in the second round, bouncing around on his toes and using more lateral movement. The Wolf was countering very effectively and going to the body, making it a hard round to score. The third round showed a very competitive fight heating up, with Lipinets heating up even more and landing hooks while bobbing and weaving - being very unpredictable in his movements and throwing his shots. The fourth round was more close action, with neither fighter able to really get the upper hand on the other for an extended period of time. The Wolf is more straight up, countering with good shots and getting good body work in. Lipinets is more so unpredictable with his high-energy movement and solid blows to the head that he seems to land unpredictably, perhaps even surprising himself when he lands something flush and hard. In the fifth round a surprising shocker came to end the fight abruptly when Lipinets landed a right hand that stunned The Wolf, as he backed up to gain some breathing room. Lipinets pursued, landing another right hand and then snuck in a left hook to the liver that fell The Wolf to the canvas, where he was counted up and clearly in a lot of pain - not able to rise from the perfectly placed shot. Surprising ending in a very close fight