MIAMI, Okla. — Hometown hero Ivan “Beast” Baranchyk took the undefeated Keenan “Killa” Smith to eight rounds in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation and won by decision to keep his perfect record intact on Friday inside Buffalo Run Casino.
A chippy fight went in favor of Baranchyk (16-0), who staggered Smith (11-1) twice in the middle rounds and controlled the tempo throughout, but couldn’t get the knockout he was hoping for.
“I’m still disappointed,” Baranchyk said. “It wasn’t like boxing at all. I was disappointed I couldn’t get the knockout.”
Smith repeatedly clinched Baranchyk in the middle rounds, before being penalized a point in the fifth.
“He was holding me the entire time,” Baranchyk said. “He’s very physical and held on tight, I couldn’t get out of it. It really wasn’t a comfortable style for me. It was hard to find a distance.”
With Baranchyk having the clear edge heading into the final two rounds, Smith picked up the pace and unloaded several more punches, but Baranchyk still took home the win in front of his adopted hometown with the judges ruling 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73 all in his favor.
“I think I made it a fight,” Smith said. “It was close in some rounds, but at the end of the day, it was a unanimous decision. I took some shots and he took some shots, but the referee was just on me for everything. I landed shots and tied him up, trying not to give him any easy points.”
ANTOINE DOUGLAS WINS NABA TITLE FIGHT
In the opening fight of the night, Antoine Douglas (22-1-1) defeated Juan de Angel (20-7-1) by technical knockout in the fourth round to claim the North American Boxing Association title belt.
“This puts me in the rankings,” Douglas said. “It just puts me back up where I need to be and now I’ll go back to the drawing board with my team.”
Angel gained some momentum in the third round by landing multiple body blows, but a left hook to the ribs by Douglas sent Angel stumbling to the mat before the official called off the fight.
“I was really just using my distance, jabs and fakes,” Douglas said. “We knew he was a little more weak to the body and mainly just took my time. I didn’t rush in and that allowed me to get in punches at the right time.”
Isaiah Steen (8-0) made quick work of Travis Nero (0-2), earning the knockout in one minute and 32 seconds into the fight
Nero immediately came out swinging after the opening bell and fell down once on a right hook to the face, before going down and staying on the mat after a second right hook to the jaw.
Charles Conwell (3-0) had control of the fight from the opening bell, backing down Rick Graham (4-17-2) into the corner and landing several devastating punches before winning the fight by technical knockout with 2:33 remaining in the second round.
“I’m not mad about the stoppage, I’m just glad I got the technical knockout in the second round,” Conwell said. “I’m just going to keep getting the knockouts, keep impressing the fans and keep putting on a good show.”
Joshua Greer (14-1-1) put on a clinic in the first televised bout of the night, defeating Leroy Davila (5-2) by TKO in the fifth round.
Davila tried to make up for lost time with a flurry of punches in the middle rounds after nearly getting knocked down twice in the early going, but a left hook to the face and a left uppercut to the jaw forced the referee to call off the fight.
An entertaining fight between Glenn Dezurn (9-0-1) and Adam Lopez (16-1-1) ended in a controversial way, as a seemingly one-sided fight was ruled a draw.
Lopez appeared to be controlling the tempo of the fight until Dezurn picked up the pace in the final rounds with some success, as the judges ruled 77-75 in favor of Lopez, 77-75 in favor of Dezurn and 76-76.
A close contest between two, accomplished fighters ended with Rolando Chinea (15-1-1) defeating Kenneth Sims Jr. (12-1) by decision.
Chinea overcame an early deficit with a late surge in rounds seven and eight, landing several punches despite being hit hard in the early on.
Two judges scored the fight at 77-75 in favor of Chinea, while one judge ruled 76-76.
“I was very pleased,” Chinea said. “The new training regiment was coming in handy and I felt a lot stronger and faster. I thought my punches were actually hurting him. I just need to keep working on finishing out my opponent. I can hurt them, but I seem to lack that extra step in my game to take them out.”
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.