Bakhodir Jalolov Demolishes Foe Inside
Opening Round In His New York Debut
DiBella Entertainment celebrated its 15-Year Anniversary of
Broadway Boxing on Saturday night by teaming up with fellow
New York based promoters The Real Deal Boxing and Uprising
Promotions for a stacked card of New York City's most
promising prospects at the legendary Kings Theatre in
Brooklyn in front of an energetic and near capacity crowd.
The bouts were shown live at DBE's streaming home,
LIVE.DBE1.com. Saturday's Broadway Boxing was presented by
Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House,
Gagliardi Insurance, Venum and Medical Arts Radiology.
The evening concluded with 2016 Uzbekistan Olympian Bakhodir
Jalolov making his New York debut. Trained by Joel Diaz,
Jalolov, now 2-0 (2 KOs), blasted Mexico's Eduardo Vitela
(3-3, 1 KO) with a single straight left hand 30 seconds into
the first round that dropped Vitela hard and unable to rise
from the canvas, resulting in a TKO victory. The 6'6"
southpaw Jalolov is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and
Fight Promotions Inc. Born in Sariosiyo, Uzbekistan, Jalolov
was a highly accomplished amateur compiling a record of
84-13. A four-time National champion from 2013 to 2016,
Jalolov represented his homeland at the 2016 Olympic Games
in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and had the distinguished honor
of being the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremonies.
As an amateur, Jalolov won gold medals at the Asian Amateur
Boxing Championships in 2017, World Cup Tournament,
Liventsev Memorial Tournament, Great Silk Way Tournament,
and Duisenkul Shopokov Memorial Tournament in 2015, and at
the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament in 2014.
During his amateur career, Jalolov also focused on his
education, earning a Master's Degree in Sports Science.
Trained by Elmo Serrano out of Gleason's Gym, Brooklyn's
undefeated junior lightweight prospect Jude "King Zar"
Franklin improved to 9-0 (8 KOs) when referee
Arthur Mercante Jr. called a stop to the action in the final
frame of the six-round fight despite a game effort from the
rugged Mexican veteran Danny Flores (15-14-1, 8 KOs).
Franklin looked sharp relentlessly attacking the body
throughout and ultimately overwhelming Flores.
Brooklyn's own Melissa St. Vil, 11-3-4 (1 KO), handed Mayra
Hernandez, now 6-1 (4 KOs), her first defeat, winning a
unanimous decision. Known as "Little Miss Tyson", St. Vil,
who lost a close majority decision against Eva Wahlstrom for
the WBC Super Featherweight World Title back in April,
looked excellent in picking up the decision against
In his Kings Theatre debut, Brooklynite Khalid "Pure Gold"
Twaiti (4-0, 2 KOs) looked impressive winning a four-round
unanimous decision against Carlos Ramirez (1-3, 1 KO), of
Ensenada, Mexico, in a junior featherweight contest. Trained
by Don Saxby out of Gleason's Gym, Twaiti turned pro in
February 2017 after compiling a 74-15 amateur record.
In other action throughout the night:
Undefeated middleweight prospect Edgar Berlanga (9-0, 9 KOs)
continued his unprecedented first round knockout streak by
scoring three knockdowns in the opening stanza against
Washington, DC.'s Gregory Clark (3-3-1, 1 KOs). Despite
Clark's movement, Berlanga stalked his opponent, landing an
overhand right for the first knockdown then a flurry that
literally sent Clark under the ropes for the second
knockdown and finally a left hook to the body for the final
In a show stealing scrap, despite being dropped at the very
end of the first round, Pablo Valdez (2-0, 2 KOs) stormed
back to drop Alexander Serna (1-3, 1 KO) in the second round
only to be dropped again himself at the end of the third
round. Valdez answered back again decking Serna twice in the
fourth and with the second knockdown, the referee waved off
the fight thus saving the judges a serious mathematical
headache. In just his second fight, Valdez brought hundreds
of enthusiastic supporters who erupted over the result of
the back-and-forth war.
Undefeated junior middleweight Matthew Gonzalez (7-0, 4 KOs)
kept his perfect record winning an unanimous decision
against Jordan Morales (3-5, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout. In
his fifth fight of the year, 'Lefty', at only 23 years old,
is starting to stand out in the crowded field of New York
prospects due to his activity and dominant performances.
Junior Younan (14-0-1, 10 KOs) scored an easy first-round
stoppage in just under a minute against Evert Bravo (24-9-1,
Italy's Giovanni Scuderi (1-0), now fighting out of
Brooklyn, won a close but unanimous decision in his
professional debut versus Maryland's Charles Johnson (1-2, 1
KO) in a four-round cruiserweight bout.
Justin Biggs (5-0, 5 KOs), a multiple Golden Gloves winner,
looked sensational in front of his hometown fans stopping
Florida's Noe Lozano (2-4) in the final round of a scheduled
six-round junior middleweight round bout. Despite a heated
weigh-in that almost erupted into an altercation, Lozano
could not back up the tough talk.