SAN DIEGO – December 19, 2015 – In the last major American boxing card of the year in Verona, New York, several competitive undercard fights offered entertaining action and the opportunity for the winners to start 2016 on the upswing in their careers.
Ukrainian light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (15-0, 12 KOs) remained undefeated with a solid majority decision victory over Yunieski Gonzalez (16-2, 12 KOs) of Cuba. Scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 95-95. It was a tough, competitive fight and thoroughly entertained the fans, who gave both boxers a standing ovation at the end of 10 rounds.
“This fight was the most important and most exciting fight of my career,” said Shabranskyy. I did feel a lot of Gonzalez’ punches but I also feel like I hurt him, especially in the last round, he was beginning to sway. If I had a little more time I feel I would have knocked him out.”
“I knew that this was going to be a war and that is what we delivered tonight,” Gonzalez said. “We both gave it our all and didn’t let up. I knew that I needed to knock him out to win this fight but he was more resilient than I thought and didn’t open up enough for the knockout to happen. I did know the fight was very close and should have been a draw in my opinion. I would like the opportunity to fight him again and prove that I am the better fighter.”
Gabriel Rosado (22-9, 13 KOs) got back in the winning column pounding out his own majority decision against Joshua Clottey 39-5, 22 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, and 96-94. Rosado started off slow, which he blamed on a bit of ring rust after being out due to injury for a year.
“It has been more than a year since I have been in the ring so I did feel a little I the rust but I feel like this fight really helped me shake it off,” Rosado said. “Clottey is a tough opponent, former world champion, definitely a challenge for me in my first fight back. I delivered an entertaining fight tonight and I was happy with my performance.”
“Gabriel gave everyone a great performance today,” said Fernando Vargas, Rosado’s trainer. This was our first training camp together and I think we are going to keep growing and make great fights together.”
“This was an off night for me,” Clottey said. “I do think that the fans enjoyed the fight. We are both fighters that do not like to back down. However, I don’t feel comfortable at this weight class, I want to go back down to 154 and continue to fight at junior middleweight.”
Rosado said he’d like a shot at Canelo Alvarez, and he just might get one while Canelo works his way toward a bout in late 2016 with Gennady Golovkin. Rosado gave GGG a significant test two years ago and he’ll be a good test for Alvarez. Make it happen, Oscar.
Cuban lightweight Yuriorkis Gamboa (25-1, 17 KOs) won a solid unanimous decision against Hylon Williams Jr. (16-2-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 98-92 twice and 96-94. Gamboa showed more power although he engaged in too much clinching. It was his first fight in a year.
“It feels good to be back in the ring,” Gamboa said. “I trained in Cuba, and I feel that all the hard paid off. I was faster and stronger in the ring. I know I dominated the action tonight, I made sure he knew I was in control from the first round.”
“I felt good about the pace of the fight, I know I hurt him a few times,” Williams said. “This fight should have gone my way.”
Gamboa, who is promoted by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions, is 34 years old and the clock is ticking. He needs to get busy to stay relevant at 135 pounds.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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