Janelson Figueroa Bocachica Remains Undefeated With
Closely-Contested Victory Over Mark Reyes Jr.
Photos: Amanda Westcott - SHOWTIME
welterweight prospect Janelson Figueroa Bocachica earned a
closely-contested majority decision victory over Mark Reyes
Jr. in the entertaining main event of Wednesday night’s
ShoBox: The New Generation telecast from Mohegan Sun Arena
in Uncasville, Conn., as ShoBox continues its 20th
anniversary year as the premier boxing series aimed at
developing prospects into contenders and world champions.
The judges scored the fight 95-95, 96-94 and 97-93 with the
three only agreeing on four rounds.
It was an all-action affair between two undefeated
power-punching prospects as Detroit’s Bocachica (17-0, 11
KOs) and Tampa’s Reyes (14-1, 12 KOs) exchanged devastating
shots throughout the 10 rounds. The stats reflected how
closely the fight was contested, as both fighters threw
exactly 579 punches, with Bocachica connecting on 156 and
Reyes connecting on 158.
“I felt like I had a unanimous decision but I just need to
go back and watch the tape,” said the 22-year-old Bocachica.
“I felt like it was an easy victory and I took him to
It was a chippy contest, as both Bocachica and Reyes
exchanged words and moments of showboating throughout.
“He had a short temper and he came out talking trash so you
know I had to talk my trash back,” continued Bocachica. “But
it was all part of the game plan to get him emotional in the
ring and it worked in my advantage.”
On the other hand, a gracious Reyes promised to come back
stronger than ever.
“I don’t disagree with the scorecards tonight,” said Reyes,
who became the 196th fighter to lose their undefeated record
on ShoBox. “I obviously could have done more to win but it
was a close fight nonetheless. I just have to go back to
drawing board and train harder. I need to execute things a
little bit better during the preparation for my fight. I
can’t take anything away from the judges.”
In the evening’s co-main event, highly regarded prospect
Vladimir Shishkin (12-0, 7 KOs) continued his development
into a serious contender in the super middleweight division
with a near-shutout victory over Ghana’s Sena Agbeko (23-2,
18 KOs). The 29-year-old Shishkin fought with a large cut
over his left eye for the majority of the fight, but was
able to comfortably control the action in the unanimous
decision win. The judges scored the fight 98-92 and 100-90
Shishkin, who is now 3-0 on the acclaimed prospect
developmental series, was effective with his jab, landing
116 of 351 thrown, and was never truly troubled by Agbeko
despite the cut. Shishkin landed 222 of the 596 punches he
threw (37 percent), while the 28-year-old Agbeko connected
on just 20 percent (109 of 555). In the 10th and final
round, Shishkin pressed for the knockout but Agbeko stood
tall until the final bell.
“I did have to overcome adversity tonight with the cut,”
said the Russian Shishkin, who fought for the first time
under new trainer L.J. Harrison. “But I have been cut many
times in my career so I was able to deal with it. It
affected me a little bit but that’s boxing.
“It was good to go the distance. I felt like I got a lot of
good work in tonight and learned some things. I will improve
a lot because of this fight and fix my mistakes. I am ready
for a big fight after this.”
In the opening bout of the telecast, two all-action
lightweights put on an entertaining affair, but it was
Mexico’s Abraham Montoya (20-2-1, 14 KOs) who won a majority
decision against previously undefeated ShoBox returnee
Alejandro Guerrero (12-1, 9 KOs). The judges scored the
fight 76-76, 79-73 and 77-75.
Both Montoya and Houston’s Guerrero, who scored a majority
decision over Jose Angulo on ShoBox in March 2020, came out
aggressively from the opening bell and combined to throw 235
punches in the first round. Both fighters would continue
with the torrid pace, but it was Montoya who was more active
and accurate. Montoya out-landed Guerrero 268-198 in total
punches, including 71 body shots to Guerrero’s 49. The two
combined to throw 1,623 punches throughout the eight rounds,
and Montoya attributed the win to his conditioning.
“I felt great tonight and it was all because my physical
trainer Raul Franco got me in shape for this fight,” said
Montoya. “He is the reason I was able to throw so many
punches tonight. I felt I could have kept that pace for 10
or 12 rounds if I had to.
“I felt good at lightweight and didn’t have to worry about
my weight but I am definitely moving back down to super
featherweight. I only moved up for this opportunity. I felt
I would have knocked him out at super featherweight.”
In non-televised undercard action, Timur Kerefov (10-0, 5
KOs), a heralded amateur in his native Russia before turning
pro in 2018, made quick work of previously undefeated late
replacement opponent Fernando Ezequiel Farias (10-1-2).
Kerefov dropped Farias with a body shot at 2:32 of the first
round to earn the TKO victory.