Great bouts for the discerning connoisseur

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The names of the first two boxers, Todd Unthank-May and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, confused my “autocorrect” so badly it caused sparks to shoot out of the USB port on my MacBook.

To keep my computer from overheating (and to save The Tolucan Times some ink) I will refer to the fighters by their initials.

Unthank-May (heretofore listed as “UM”) laced them up against Shabranskyy (“VS”) for the vacant WBC Light Heavyweight title last Friday at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio.

The leather was flying early.

Neither man was a good defensive boxer…which made it exciting to watch.

Although UM was throwing and landing more, VS was scoring the harder and more effective punches.

By the end of Round 7 UM was so beaten and broken down the referee called a halt to the contest.

Good call, ref.

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KO’s) takes the title with the TKO win and hands Unthank-May (10-1-1, 4 KO’s) his only defeat.

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The Junior Middleweight fight between Nathan Gallimore and Justin DeLoach was extremely entertaining.

Gallimore took this fight on very short notice, but showed up cut, fit and ready.

He sent DeLoach sprawling in the final seconds of the opening frame, and then fed him three courses of leather in Round 2.

The appetizer of right hook staggered DeLoach.

A palate-cleansing uppercut served as an “intermezzo” and was followed quickly by the main course: a braised hook to the head.

DeLoach seemed full and appeared to be looking for a place to lie down. But he was force-fed a large portion of windmill, for dessert…which helped him find that place to recline.

DeLoach got back in the fight and the war they waged for the next three rounds was well worth the price of admission.

DeLoach got roughed up in Round 5 and while steadying himself on the ropes as he sat, he slipped between them, and nearly fell out of the ring.

The attending physician wisely waved it off.

Good wave, Doc.

Nate Gallimore (19-1-1, 16 KO’s) gambled on taking this fight at the last minute.

It paid off.

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Reigning and defending WBO World Super Featherweight champ Vasyl Lomachenko (my Mac is starting to smoke again) might not be the mystery wrapped in an enigma that many imagine him to be.

Yes, he is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

And, yes, he collected two world titles in only seven professional bouts.

But that leap into the pugilistic stratosphere is tempered by the fact he started training at four-years-old, and fought 396 amateur bouts…winning all but one.

With experience that deep and talent that wide, he wasted no time on small bouts and jumped directly into title fights, from his debut.

Last Saturday he put his belt on the line against Miguel Marriaga at Microsoft Theater downtown.

Don’t let Marriaga’s record fool you. Although he has a knockout rate of 75 percent, he was fighting guys with only 10 percent talent.

He offered a challenge, not a threat.

Left-handed Lomachenko peppered Marriaga with every punch imaginable. Overhands, hooks, uppercuts, and from every angle.

Lomachenko dropped him with a straight left in Round 3 and then (literally) invited Marriaga to attack him in a corner.

A frustrated Marriaga appeared to execute an intentional head-butt in the 4th, which opened an ugly cut over Lomachenko’s left eye.

The violence continued for three more rounds, until Lomachenko landed a looping left that sent Marriaga south for a second time.

Between rounds, Marriaga’s corner (thankfully) tossed in the towel.

Vasyl Lomachenko improves his campaign to 9 and 1, with seven wins coming by way of knockout.

God Bless and stay in your lane.

Mark Felicetti is a healthy member of polite society and a big fan of the NFL, boxing and MMA…including the UFC. Reach Mark at mark@tolucantimes.com.

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