Eric Hunter, Ryan Martin Victorious on Hopkins-Kovalev Undercard

Junior lightweight Eric Hunter put on a brilliant performance in stopping once-beaten Daniel Ramirez (Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions).

Ringside Report by Resolution Sports

Ryan Martin (9-0, 5 KOs) vs. Isais Gonzales (17-4, 12 KOs)
In what was supposed to be a big step-up fight for promising prospect Ryan Martin, the Chattanooga lightweight made easy work of 20-bout veteran Isais Gonzales. Martin looked smooth and completely dominated the fight, beginning with an early body shot in the first round that forced Gonzales to a knee. The Tucson native was never allowed to breathe from that point forward, as Martin orchestrated a great body-to-head attack that left his opposition constantly on his heels.

The second stanza would prove to be the final one in the opening bout of the night, with Martin continuing his domination until dropping Gonzales for a second time with a crushing left hook to the liver. Overwhelmed and in obvious pain, referee Sparkle Lee waved off the fight without even counting Gonzales.

With another impressive performance on his resume, the 50 Cent represented Martin improves to 9-0 with five knockouts. The official time of the stoppage in this one was at the 1:38 mark of the second frame.

Andrey Sirotkin (5-0, 1 KO) vs. Michael Mitchell (3-5-2, 1 KO)
The second contest of the evening was a super middleweight bout featuring Russian Andrey Sirotkin and New Jersey native Michael Mitchell. Both men were willing to engage throughout this six-round encounter, but Sirotkin was clearly the man in better control of the action. Despite that fact, Mitchell was more than willing to exchange with his Russian counterpart, making for some decent inside activity.

The lone knockdown of this fight came in the third stanza, following a hard left hand from Sirotkin that backed Mitchell up. However, he immediately stepped back in the pocket and began to go blow-for-blow. Sirotkin took advantage of the short window, catching an off-balance Mitchell with a left hook that caused him to fall to the canvas.

The second half of the bout continued in a similar fashion to its opening three frames, with Sirotkin in control of the center of the ring. When the final bell eventually sounded, he secured the unanimous decision victory by counts of 60-53 and 59-54 (twice).

Sullivan Barrera (14-0, 9 KOs) vs. Rowland Bryant (18-4, 12 KOs)
Looking for a bigger challenge in his career, Miami light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera stepped up to meet gritty veteran Rowland Bryant in the next bout of the evening. This fight quickly went in the direction of his previous professional outings, and Barrera looked comfortable and found an early groove.

After a good showing through three rounds, Barrera hit Bryant with a straight right hand early in the fourth frame that backed him up. Seeing the effects, Barrera stuck with the straight right, and he found success with it repeatedly. As the round progressed, he began to pack more punches behind it, and the blows were taking a toll on Bryant.

When Bryant returned to his corner following the fourth stanza, it appeared they had seen enough, and he would not be answering the bell for the fifth frame. With the fight waved off, it was declared a TKO victory for fast-rising Barrera.

Eric Hunter (19-3, 10 KOs) vs. Daniel Ramirez (11-2, 5 KOs)
The next contest of the night featured Philadelphia native Eric Hunter, a young junior lightweight whom Golden Boy Promotions has a lot of confidence, and he immediately showed Boardwalk Hall why that it is.

Hunter met once-beaten Daniel Ramirez of Los Angeles in this showcase, feeling him out in the opening frame and looking to identify his patterns. Appearing anxious, likely because of the size of the stage, Ramirez was throwing a lot of punches, but they were all missing completely or being blocked by Hunter while using up unnecessary energy.

Hunter, however, understood that he must take a more intelligent approach in a 10-round bout, being selective with his punches and making his opposition miss repeatedly. In the third stanza, he started to turn up the tempo and looked to be first while throwing more combinations than earlier. He also continued to show good head and body movement, unloading quick hands whenever he chose to do so.

By the fifth round, Hunter established himself in the pocket and was working behind his shoulder, still showing the same superb defense that he was displaying to that point in the fight. Going into the sixth frame, the Philadelphia tactician decided it was time to go for the kill. He immediately fired a left hook, left uppercut, left hook combo that had Ramirez’ head snapping back on each shot. With sweat flying all over the ring, Hunter chased down his man and landed with ease on everything he threw. Amid a flurry, he then finished on a left that dropped Ramirez to the canvas. The Californian did get back to his feet, but only to get fed more of the same.

With Ramirez backing up, Hunter unleashed a right hook that buckled his knees and snapped his neck back at the same time. At that point, referee Sparkle Lee had seen enough. She quickly waved off the bout, and Hunter had a TKO win at the 1:23 mark of the sixth stanza.

Vyacheslav Glazkov (19-0-1, 12 KOs) vs. Darnell Wilson (25-18-3, 21 KOs)
Without a doubt, the man taking Moniker of the Night honors was Darnell “Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson, who even used “My Ding-A-Ling” as his walkout song. However, that is pretty much where the fun stopped for the Miami native after the opening bell got a bout with Ukranian heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov underway.

Glazkov controlled the action through seven rounds of competition, although he quickly found out that hurting Wilson was not an easy task. Beginning in the second stanza, he began to get through the guard of Wilson, continuously peppering him with a stiff jab and hard overhand right. Glazkov remained on the offensive the entire fight, walking down his opposition and doing all he could to inflict punishment. While Wilson was never able to deliver much offense, he did show significant toughness and a sturdy chin.

The lone bright spot of the bout for Wilson came at the beginning of the sixth frame, where he landed a pair of heavy left hands that initially had Glazkov on the retreat. Unfortunately for Wilson, he just did not have enough gas in the tank to capitalize, and Glazkov soon recovered and regained control.

This outing finally came to a halt after the seventh round at the advice of the ringside physician, who determined the swelling around Wilson’s eyes was impairing his vision to a great degree. While he did not appear to be in any real danger throughout the seven frames, he was never really in the fight, either, making it an understandable decision to stop the bout.

With the TKO victory, Glazkov improved his unbeaten professional record to 19-0-1 with 12 knockouts.

Nahjib Mohammedi (37-3, 22 KOs) vs. Demetrius Walker (7-8-1, 4 KOs)
This bout was over just about as quickly as it started. Demetrius Walker, an awkward fighter with jerky movement, took a left to the head early from Nahjib Mohammedi before being dropped with a follow-up right to the body. He briefly chose to continue, but he was once again on the canvas shortly thereafter following a right hook, left hook combo on the ropes. Referee Randy Newman then reached a count of 10 with Walker choosing to stay down, giving the TKO win to Mohammedi at 2:16 of the opening frame.

Laughably, the IBF claims this was a number one contender fight for the winner of Hopkins and Kovalev.

Vyacheslav Shabransky (11-0, 9 KOs) vs. Emil Gonzalez (11-9-1, 8 KOs)
For the two rounds that the last undercard bout went, undefeated light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabransky battered Emil Gonzalez and was in complete control. Gonzalez attempted to use movement to keep him out of the range of Shabransky, but the Russian power-puncher stalked him and cut off the ring when he tried to change directions. Both frames of action were one-way traffic, and Shabransky dropped his Puerto Rican counterpart just before the second round bell following a flurry that he finished with a right hook to the body. Gonzalez did get to his feet and return to his corner, but he then chose to not answer the bell for the third stanza.

With the TKO victory, Shabransky officially improved to 11-0 with nine stoppages.



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