Jarrett Hurd vs Frankie Galarza, Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs Jessie Nicklow & David Benavidez vs Felipe Romero
BY KID HERSH
ShoBox card from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. First up was David Benavidez (10-0, 9ko's) vs Felipe Romero (15-9-1, 9ko's). This fight did not last long as Benavidez knocked his man down three times after a check left hook a minute into the fight put him on queer street and he never recovered. Benvidez will be interesting to watch seeing as how he is only 18 years old and on the fast track while looking very aggressive and beyond his years. He isn't athletic but he has a punch and a great variety of punches to go with his offense and he is being fast tracked and seems all the ready.
Next up was Jessie Nicklow (25-7-3, 8ko's) vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko (6-0, 4ko's). In the first round Derev was doing exactly what his nickname implies; being "The Technician" in the ring. He was boxing Nicklow, who was trying to make it a brawl but was not drawing the Ukrainian into it. In the second round Derev was opening up more after hurting Nicklow with a right hand a minute into the round. Derev is circling and confusing Nicklow while hurting him with powerful combinations that he doesn't see coming. Nicklow is covering up well defensively but Derev is splitting his tight guard and blasting him with every shot in the book. In the third round Derev hurt Nicklow early inn the round and went for the kill. He smelled blood and went crazy like a shark in a feeding frenzy but backed off when Nicklow showed that he is still dangerous by landing occasional hard shots that he loaded up on on. Derev biding his time and waited until a little later in the round to officially go for the kill, getting it when Jay Nady stopped the fight with Nicklow still on his feet but basically defenseless (lots of people wondering why it wasn't stopped sooner). Derev looked great here and like the crew said; we really need to see him against at minimum some 20 top guys in the division.
Next up was Jarrett Hurd (16-0, 10ko's) vs Frank Galarza (17-0-2, 11ko's). In the first round Hurd was using his length very well to box outside from a distance. Galarza looked a bit confused and was not getting very many punches off. In the second round Hurd was backed into the ropes by Galarza but Galarza was not making much of the opportunity because Hurd is so lengthy he is hard to get a solid punch on. In the third round Hurd got very comfortable and was putting together terrible body shots on Galarza that a keen eye could see were working their damage as he favored covering up his left side. In the fourth round the action broke out and a fight ensued, with Galarza getting hurt from head shots for the first time in the fight. A little over two minutes into the round Galarza was floored for the first time in his career from an uppercut that sent him to his knees in the middle of the ring. He rose but his legs were gone and it is surprising that he made it through the round. He looked like a beaten fighter at the end of the round. Galarza made it through the fifth round, surprisingly, but Hurd backed off the gas and was not pressing his hurt man in front of him. Perhaps it is because he knows he has him at any given point though. In the sixth round the fight was over when Hurd landed another beautiful right uppercut (he is very good at this punch) that snapped Galarza's head violently. Then we saw him slowly turn his back as Hurd chased him for the kill and the was over. It looked like Galarza did not want to take any more damage, as I think he has been looking for the last few rounds with the fight beaten out of him. Susan Sarandon came with Galarza as she does charity work with him and she is very disappointed, looking on the verge of tears tonight.