GGG vs Jacobs Undercard: Andy Lee vs Leatherwood, Serhii Bohachuk vs Yasmani Pedroso & More
BY KID HERSH
From the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York came a highly anticipated HBO PPV night of boxing.
First up was a four round fight between Serhii Bohachuk (2-0, 2KO's) and Yasmani Pedroso (1-1, 1KO). Referee was Ron Lipton. Bohachuk showed that he has nice clean punches from range, but he was mostly smothering his own work in the fight. Despite him smothering his own punches he was putting in a lot of pressure and a lot of work (punches). Pedroso was doing everything he could to keep Bohachuk off of him but it was not really working as he was not gaining any respect. Two minutes into the third round the pressure got to Pedroso as he took a right hand to head that put him down tow minutes into the round. He got up but took a left hook shortly afterwards that he did not see coming that spelled the end of the fight. I like the work rate and pressure of Bohachuk but I would like to see him use his length better and throw straight shots from distance to do his damage. Maybe he saw something that caused him to switch into this certain style though, we will have to see going forward in future fights.
Next up was a couple of heavyweight in Jay Carrigan-MacFarlane (2-0, 2KO's) vs Matt McKinney (3-2-2, 1KO). Harvey Dock was the referee. The first round shockingly belonged to McKinney, who was dreadful to watch style-wise (not very schooled lets just say) but he was odd enough to be able to throw MacFarlane off as he was landing from strange angles and doing things that no heavyweight should do but hey; they were working! The fight was an ugly street fight and not a boxing match as MacFarlane plowed forward behind no jab or anything really, just swinging away, and ended up losing a MD. Ugly fight.
Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24KO's) vs KeAndre Leatherwood (19-3-1, 12KO's). The crows was booing in the first round from inactivity off the start. Lee was trying to judge distance while Leatherwood was looking to box as usual. In the second round Leatherwood had a good round by landing the right hand. He was able to land it because he could see when Lee was coming inside - it looked like Lee had some ring rust to wear off and he did that right away in the third round, adjusting and coming out boxing while landing straight lefts. He continued boxing Leatherwood with the same results until in the seventh round he finally got his patented right hook working. Leatherwood got more busy in the seventh as well because he knew he was not going to win a decision in an eight round fight at this point so it was his way of going for broke but he was running into powerful shots from Lee so he backed off fairly quickly. Lee won the wide UD.