At the Paramount in Huntington, for Star Boxing’s Rockin’ Fights 43, the ABO cruiserweight title main event saw a clash between the heavy-handed JOEL “SHOTGUN” SHOJGREEN (14-3 13KO’s) and the athletic, LYUBOMYR “DEMOLITION MAN” PINCHUK (14-4-1 8KO’s). The drama began when Shojgreen landed a missile right hand that floored Pinchuk deep into the second minute of round one.
Pinchuk rose at the count but was hobbled by an injury suffered to his right knee which seemed to buckle and land awkwardly when he fell. Shojgreen went into attack mode, but with Pinchuk both buzzed from the knockdown and unable to put pressure on his leg, referee Al Lobianco stopped the action at 2:48 in the first round.
With the TKO, Shojgreen secured a big victory and the ABO Cruiserweight Title. Pinchuk was taken to the hospital for x-rays on his right knee.
In the co-feature, JOHN GOTTI III (1-0) made his pro debut against ALBERT TULLEY (0-2) in a 4 round light heavyweight bout. Gotti made the transition as a 5-1 professional MMA fighter, to the squared circle.
From the opening bell, Gotti was deliberate and tactical with his offense. At the close of the 4-rounds, Gotti earned the unanimous decision victory in front of his home crowd (40-36 x3).
The trash talk was fast and fierce leading into the “RUTHLESS” RONNY REYES (2-0) vs TRAVIS “PRETTY BOY” CRAWFORD (0-2) and boy did it deliver. Reyes and Crawford threw down in their super featherweight bout.
Reyes was more creative in his attacks, but Crawford refused to take a step back for the entirety of the fight. As the close fight came to the final bell, the crowd showered Reyes and Crawford with applause for their performance. Reyes received the majority decision victory (38-38 draw, 39-37 Reyes x2).
Star Boxing CEO Joe DeGuardia had this to say about the night, “Rockin’ Fights delivered in every way. A sold-out crowd, exciting fights and action that had fans on their feet from the opening bell. Saturday night demonstrated the full essence of what we have built at the Paramount since 2011. Congratulations to all the fighters for delivering a thrilling show and thank you to everyone who came out to make last night a successful event.”