Ivan Baranchyk vs Abel Ramos, Lenin Castillo vs Joseph Williams, Jon Fernandez vs Garza, Morrison
BY KID HERSH
From the Buffalo Run Casino and Resort in Miami Oklahoma came ShoBox: The New Generation on a Friday night.
First up was Jon Fernandez (10-0, 8KO's) vs Ernesto Garza III (7-1, 4KO's). The referee was Gary Ritter. The first round was all action as Garza came out rushing and wild while looking to bully the taller, lengthier man. The problem was that Garza was squaring himself up very frequently and leaving himself wide open for right hands. He stunned Garza with a right hand in the first minute of the round and followed it up with a combination that ended with a right hand that put Garza down. Garza popped up right away and continued forward for the remainder of the round, showing a great engine to the machinery that he was working. In the second round Fernandez continued hammering Garza with shots but was taking plenty himself as Garza pushed him into the ropes and landed body shots and hooks upstairs while Fernandez looked a bit tired himself. Fernandez was boxing for sure and winning the round but there is a slight chance Garza is working himself into this one little by little. The question is if he can sustain the damage he is taking. In the third round Garza showed great heart as he continued powering forward, knowing that the only way he could win this fight was to get on the inside and do damage but he was getting tagged more by Fernandez early on. The damage finally mounted and Garza started to go on the slide but he was trying his damnedest to go out on his shield. That he did - as he was out on his feet when the referee stopped the fight midway through the third. Great performance by Fernandez here and Garza did not do himself bad in at least making a total fight of it.
Next up was Lenin Castillo (15-0-1, 10KO's) vs Joseph Williams (10-0, 7KO's). Referee was Gerald Ritter. In the first round Castillo looked to make it a boxing match from the outside and slow the pace down, which he did for the most part. He was tying up Williams any time he made it to the inside and otherwise making it a chess match to the looping puncher Williams. It was more of the same in the coming rounds, with Williams only waking up a tiny bit in the fourth round but he was still fighting Castillo's game plan. Castillo was not by any means dominating as it was a rather boring performance going but he had exactly the rhythm and pace he wanted. About the only thing you can say is that Castillo likes a really slow fight with no inside fighting and that is exactly what he has made. Castillo got even uglier in the seventh round to watch as he is clearly just trying to do everything he can to do nothing at all. I really don't care to see him fight again if this is his typical style. The cards came in 76-76, 78-74, 77-75 for Joseph Williams Jr. Sure, I am ok with that simply because Castillo did everything he could to spoil the fight. Terrible showing for both guys to be honest because Williams just couldn't do anything effectively and was sloppy himself while he was off balance and looping with his punches.
Main event time featuring Ivan Baranchyk (13-0, 10KO's) vs Abel Ramos (17-1-2, 12KO's). For Baranchyk's cool introduction (which we need more of in boxing) the beast was released and Ivan looked keyed up as usual. The referee was Gary Ritter. In the first round Baranchyk was his typical aggressive self as he lunged in with hooks and power shots from long range, which is what catches a lot of people of guard as they get caught and taken out early. Ramos was a cool cat though, a real veteran, staying calm and using his jab diligently throughout the entire first round. In the second round it was more of the same, as Baranchyk looked very wild and off balance at times while Ramos was very calm and landing his jab frequently but not anything else, not throwing combinations. In the third round Ramos was gaining confidence as he was unleashing not just more jabs but right hands behind them while moving forward and standing his ground instead of giving it. In the final minute of the round we had a contender for round of the year as Baranchyk landed an overhand right that dropped Ramos. Ramos then promptly got up, composed, and landed a left hook that dropped Baranchyk! Baranchyk was hurt but the round was over. The fourth round was another great one as Ramos started out coming forward, fighting more in range and was picking off Baranchyk with his punches while also pushing him back but took a left hook to the chin that dropped him backwards into the ropes for a knockdown. He got up and composed himself but Baranchyk was fighting smart at this point and letting Ramos come to him for the remainder of the round instead of walking forward into punches. In the fifth round both men were giving it their all while now finally trying to calculate their moves instead of just go to war. It seemed like Baranchy was getting the better of it due to pushing Ramos around the ring and landing the more telling blows, overall. In the sixth round we saw a potential fight of the year going on, with both men putting absolutely everything they had into their punches while throwing to knock the other guy out. it was amazing ebb and flow action that you see in great fights and both men had their moments hurting the other one. The war of attrition continued into the seventh round as Baranchyk looked the better of the two in the stamina and damage control department. Not that he has not been hit, it's just that his explosive power punching style could be seen taking a toll on Ramos's face which was red and swelling up now while his stamina seemed to be waning in this extremely difficult fight. The brutal fight continued into the eighth round where Baranchyk pushed Ramos into the ropes and was loading up on combination punches while rearranging the face of Ramos. Ramos would spend the final minute of the round firing off punches in bunches that had no power but he was showing amazing heart while his left eye was closing up and he was a badly beaten up fighter that was still in the fight. Baranchyk was trying so hard for the knockout that he flew off his feet throwing a left hook early in the ninth round that put himself on the canvas while missing. The war continued through the ninth round, again with Baranchyk's conditioning showing through that it is indeed top notch because he still looks fairly fresh in this bruising fight where he is still taking oncoming damage and it is so physically taxing. In the tenth round Baranchyk was more measured and pacing himself but it was not due to his gas tank being empty as his stamina showed through very very well tonight. Ramos finished the fight strong as possible for his face swollen and bleeding and his left eye nearly closed in a solid but losing performance as the cards came in 97-92, 99-91, 97-93 for Baranchyk. Both men landed at 50%+ for their power punches, which is extremely rare for a distance ten round fight.