WBC #10 Shishkin Dominates & Stops Riojas Impressively At
'Detroit Brawl At The Legendary Kronk'
Last night, in the 10-round main event of “DETROIT BRAWL AT
THE LEGENDARY KRONK,” undefeated top-10 super middleweight
Vladimir Shishkin (11-0, 6 KOs) dominated and stopped tough
Mexican veteran Oscar “El Monstruo” Riojas (21-14-1, 10 KOs)
in round nine.
Fighting live via livestream on UFC FIGHT PASS®, WBC
#10-rated Shishkin, battered the game Riojas through eight
tough rounds before finally crashing home a right hand that
Riojas could not withstand. The Mexican tough guy bravely
rose, but a follow-up barrage by Shishkin convinced referee
Frank Garza to end things 48 seconds into the penultimate
round. The result goes into the books as a TKO 9.
Credit goes to promoter Dmitriy Salita for pulling off such
a quality show in the most trying times and rigid safety
conditions for sports in the past 100 years. Shishkin looks
ready for the deeper waters at the top of the 168-lb
Russian middleweight Timur Kerefov (9-0, 4 KOs) of Detroit
via Shalushka, Russia, put in a workmanlike performance in
outclassing a game, but out-gunned, Kansas City, Missouri
veteran Calvin “The Great” Metcalf (10-5-1, 3 KOs).
Fighting in the eight-round middleweight co-main event,
Kerefov got stronger as the fight wore on, bloodying Metcalf
and sending his mouthpiece flying in round six. To his
credit, Metcalf never stopped coming forward and deserves
credit, but the power differential was too great.
It was a good lesson fight for Kerefov, the former decorated
amateur, that sometimes opponents are just too stubborn to
know when they’re beaten. The scores were 80-72, 80-72, and
Tulsa, Oklahoma, heavyweight Jeremiah “The Night Closer”
Milton needed just 75 seconds to win his four-round pro
debut against Hale, Michigan’s Dennis “Mighty Oak” Vance Jr.
(1-2, 1 KO).
Clearly in shape and with advanced power and skill, Milton
caught the long-haired Vance Jr. with a right hand that
nearly spun him the other direction, Rocky style. With Vance
taking the full 10 count on the canvas, it was a debut that
established the 6’ 4″ 230-lb. Milton as a prospect to keep
an eye on.
In the night’s only women’s boxing match-up, 2019 Amateur
World Champion Danielle Perkins (1-0) of Houston was
impressive in her four-round heavyweight pro debut against
now-formerly undefeated Monika “Lay Em’ Down” Harrison
(2-1-1, 1 KO), also of Houston.
Perkins had too much skill and athleticism for the game and
tough Harrison, winning by entertaining four-round decision
(scores: 40-35 x 3).
In the raucous third round, the two women went toe-to-toe
with both landing their share of bombs. The pace, however,
seemed to wear on Harrison and she suffered a knockdown near
the end of the round.
Former National Golden Gloves Champion Morris James Young
Jr. had a successful welterweight professional debut (1-0, 1
KO), stopping Framingham, MA via Brazil’s Jeader Alves De
Oliveira (0-1) via TKO 2.
It took Young a round and a half to figure out the awkward
roundhouses of Alves De Oliveira, who doubles as an MMA
fighter and was also making his boxing debut. But once he
did, Young finished things with several body shots and a
sharp left hook that convinced referee Gerard White to stop
the contest at 1:59.
In the opening middleweight four-rounder, Detroit’s Marlon
“Savage” Harrington (now 2-0, 2 KOs) ruined the pro debut of
San Antonio’s Ricardo Medina (0-1) by demolishing him in 62
seconds of the first round. Harrington landed several
impressive bombs, scoring three knockdowns in the
abbreviated contest. “He signed up for the wrong blind
date,” said Harrington of Medina, pre-fight.
Excellent prediction by a fighter who deserves another look.