Regis Prograis vs Aaron Herrera, Ivan Baranchyk vs Nick Givhan, Ivan Golub vs Marlon Aguas, Dillon Cook vs Justin DeLoach
BY KID HERSH
ShoBox Friday night fights in Oklahoma. First up was Dillon Cook (16-0, 6ko's) vs Justin DeLoach (13-1, 7ko's). In the first round it was very high paced, with DeLoach pressing the fight from the start and Cook looking to figure him out and pick him apart with well placed counters and jabs. The same continued in the second round with DeLoach beating Cook to the punch and pressing him while outworking him. DeLoach was still the confident fighter in the third round but his punch output and clean connects went down while Cook had more success standing his ground instead of backing up and moving around the ring looking for counters. He landed more shots but is not staying inside when he connects, doing himself a disservice by moving back out and having to restart. In the fourth round it was more of the same success for DeLoach but he capped off the night with the most beautiful right hand he could have landed nearing the end of the round as Cook was circling clockwise and walked straight into the right hand that dropped him hard when his legs gave out and he slumped to his knees. He spit out his mouthpiece, clearly in a daze, and the fight was waved off when he was attempting to get up. The power of the knockout was clear because he slumped back down and onto his back unable to get up. Devastating loss in front of a bunch of hometown fans but it was suspected that while he was a seasoned amateur he was protected until this point.
Next up was a battle of two undefeated fighters in Ivan Golub (10-0, 8ko's) vs Marlon Aguas (9-0, 6ko's). In the first round it was all Golub picking apart Aguas from a distance. In the second round we got a shootout as Golub scored a knockdown midway through the round but it's debatable if it was a knockdown because it looked more like a smother and push as Aguas was on the ropes. In any case it was ruled a knockdown and Golub went for the kill right away but got caught with a right hand himself and sent to the canvas! His legs betrayed him as he got up and tried to appear ok instead of holding or buying time but then suddenly, very quickly, he shook it off fast and continued pressing and pounding away at Aguas with power shots to end the round. Golub went back to being patient from the advice of his corner and was working his jab from the outside for the next few rounds. By the end of the fifth round Golub finally caught up with Aguas as Aguas started to exchange more, not being able to hop on his bicycle anymore from his constant movement tiring him out. He was getting blasted to the head for the final thirty seconds of the round and nearly had his man out of there. In the fifth round Aguas just barely made it out of thee round after being laid out hard at the very end but his corner would end the fight (thank God) before he could even attempt to come out for the sixth round.
Next up was two undefeated prospects squaring off in Ivan Baranchyk (9-0, 8ko's) vs Nick Givhan (16-0-1, 10ko's). This fight lasted all of twenty one seconds but seemed like it was two seconds, as the fight only went as far as Baranchyk landing a jab to the body and then leaping forward with a left hook that was akin to Floyd Patterson a bit and put Givhan out cold before he could do anything at all. He ended up on the canvas under the ropes with the bottom on twisted through his arm and was counted out - prolonging the win ten seconds unnecessarily. Wow, this is another Soviet prospect to really keep a close eye on.
Main event time featuring Regis "Rougarou" Prograis (16-0, 13ko's) vs Aaron Herrera (21-4-1, 12ko's). This was yet another fight tonight where we didn't get to see much of anything because we had a short fighter shocker. The fight started slowly, Prograis flicking his jab out and feeling the distance but then he started to come forward with a little more aggression andd looked more confident as if he already had Herrera figured out. He then landed some good body shots and went back up top, landing a left hand to the chin that hurt Herrera and backed him up to the ropes where he took a right hook to the body and went down, being counted out. This was a very surprising fight and Prograis moved from prospect to contender. This was also special because it was an old school heart shot knockout!