Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York, was live and active on a snow-filled night this past Friday, January 18, 2019, and 86Boxing was live at ringside. It was the 2019 debut of Top Rank on ESPN via the ESPN+ app. The main event of the evening was former title challenger Bryant “By By” Jennings, 24-3 (14 KOs), taking on undefeated Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas, 26-0 (18 KOs). The two fighters felt each other out through the first round. as they jockeyed for position. Rivas was able to get in good work to the body via hooks in the early part of the second. Rivas caught Jennings with a solid right hand over the top of his left as the round closed.
Rivas went back to the body in the third. Jennings continued to work from the outside but showed respect for Rivas’ punching power. Jennings closed the round strong as he was able to maintain his distance and forced a number of missed shots from Rivas. Round four was an overall conservative round but Jennings controlled much of the action from the outside with his jab. Rivas started to press the action more in the fifth as he looked to regain his form from the earlier rounds. He was able to land heavy shots to the arms and shoulders of Jennings which while the didn’t fully get through, the force did move Jennings.
Both fighters had their moments in the sixth though Jennings owned the latter part of the round as he started to loosen up. Jennings was able to land a few heavy right straights and hooks in the seventh. Rivas fired back at moments but had a more reduced output. Jennings was able to get of a number of shots in a late round flurry just before the bell rang to end the round. Jennings opened the eight with a combination capped by a solid right hook, a shot he was starting to throw more at this point. Rivas continued to throw but his punches were starting to lose steam.
Jennings continued to show a solid jab in the ninth with helped to open Rivas up. Rivas was able to get in a few multi-punch combinations of his own. Jennings landed two solid right hooks near the end of the round which may have given him the edge. Rivas let off a burst of punches midway through the 10th as he caught Jennings on the ropes. Jennings continued to work from the outside but his punch output had dropped by comparison to the last few rounds. Rivas countered Jennings with a head-snapping right hook in the latter portion of the round.
Jennings started the 11th at a quicker pace and with urgency as he went back to the jab in order to get off clean power shots. Rivas was able to land a solid overhand right near the end of the round, the best punch of the round. In the 12th, Rivas opened up with a barrage of shots that dropped Jennings. Jennings was able to recover but was visibly hurt. When the action resumed, Rivas again charged in and landed a number of clean and unanswered shots that forced referee Gary Rosado to
In the co-featured bout of the evening, Shakur Stevenson, 10-0 (6 KOs) took on and took out Jessie Cris Rosales, 22-2-1 (10 KOs). Stevenson’s punching finesse was on display early as he tagged Rosales with hard hooks to the head from the jump. Stevenson was essentially tattooing his right hook on Rosales’ head, which was visibly red throughout the forehead area. Stevenson mixed in a ton of great work to the body in the second as he started to break Rosales down. Stevenson looked as poised as the most seasoned of seasoned of veterans. Stevenson snapped Rosales’ head with a hard left uppercut near the latter part of the third as he continued to close the distance.
The body work from Stevenson took it’s toll in the fourth round and Stevenson closed the show with a highlight-reel technical knockout at 1;29 of round four giving him the impressive victory. Stevenson has passed every test with flying colors thus far and the sky is most certainly the limit for him in his young career.
I want to go over to England. I want to fight in front of an England crowd. I want Josh Warrington!Shakur Stevenson
During the undercards, Robson Conceicao, 11-0 (5 KOs) defeated Hector Ambriz, 12-9-2 (6 KOs) via unanimous decision in a rather uneventful fight. Jason Sosa, 22-3-4 (15 KOs) defeated Moises “Moi” Delgadillo, 17-19-2 (9 KOs) via unanimous decision. Both fighters had to get up from the canvas in the fight. Vikas “Indian Tank” Krishan 1-0 (1 KO’s) defeated Steven “Iron Man” Andrade, 3-4 (2 KOs) via TKO in his pro debut. Fazliddin “Captain Uzbekistan” Gaibnazarov, 7-0 (4 KOs) defeated Ricardo “La Ley” Garcia, 14-4-1 (9 KOs) via technical knockout. Carlos “Caballo Branco” Adames, 16-0 (13 KOs) defeated Juan “Nino” Ruiz, 21-5 (13 KOs) via knockout.