Ivan Redkach W10 Tony Luis... “Tonight was our first ShoBox telecast of the year and it was a smorgasbord,’’ ShoBox expert analyst and boxing historian Steve Farhood said afterward. “We got a little bit of everything. The fights we thought would go long went short and the fights we thought would go short went long.
Southpaw Ivan Redkach (16-0, 13 KOs) from The Ukraine scored one knockdown en route to a unanimous ten-round decision over Canada’s Tony Luis (17-2, 7 KOs) in Memphis.
Redkach dropped Luis late in the first round, but never could relax despite winning by the seemingly one-sided scores of 99-90, 97-92 and 97-93.
“Redkach was legitimately tested for the first time and while he didn’t get the knockout, he showed the fans why he’s considered such an exciting fighter to watch. Galarza, who had limited credentials coming in, absolutely stole the show with a savage, stunning and sudden knockout.’’
“I won the fight clearly,’’ said Redkach. “I learned a lot. Tony is a true warrior. He made the fight a dirty fight and I got sucked into that game. I will take this as a lesson learned into my next training camp and improve on it.’’
Luis was livid with the scoring. “There’s always room for improvement and I didn’t fight the perfect fight, but I thought this was a much, much closer fight,’’ he said. “I felt I was hurting him, and he was getting tired. I felt I’d knocked him down in the first, but the referee didn’t call it even though his gloves hit the canvas. The ref was breaking us up too soon. He wouldn’t let me work. “This is very disappointing to say the least.’’
Frank Galarza KO2 John Thompson... The highlight of ShoBox's telecast belonged to Frank Galarza (12-0-2, 8 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., who registered an exciting second-round knockout over John “Apollo Kidd’’ Thompson (14-1, 5 KOs), of Newark, N.J. Galarza stopped Thompson with a devastating left hook at 0:16 in the second round. “This is the way to start the year,’’ a beaming Galarza said. “People are going to have to think twice about me now. What they saw tonight is who I am. Considering this was on a national stage, it has to be one of the very best wins in my career.’’
After starting slowly and losing the first round on all the scorecards, Galarza came out strongly in the second, threw a couple of right hands and then delivered the hook that sent Thompson crashing to the mat.
“Our game plan was to feel him out in the first and then step it up,’’ Galarza said. “The key was to get to him first, to not let him get off.’’
Antione Douglas W8 Marquis Davis... Antoine Douglas (12-0, 7 KOs), of Burke, Va. won a lopsided eight-round decision over Marquis Davis (8-1-2, 5 KOs), of Tampa, Fla., in a matchup of unbeaten middleweights.
Douglas won by the scores of 80-72 twice and 79-73, but he wasn’t thrilled with his performance. “I am happy to get the win, but I’m not happy that the fight didn’t play out the way I thought it would. I expected more from myself; I expected to knock him out. I know I wasn’t 100 percent because I had a touch of the flu, so maybe I overestimated what I could do. Still, I expected more.''
To make matters worse for Davis, Douglas knocked out one of Davis’ teeth midway through the fight. To continue throwing punches – and perhaps save the tooth – Davis kicked it out of the ring without giving it a second thought.
Undefeated junior welterweights Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (12-0-2, 9 KOs), of Dallas, Texas, and Abel Ramos (8-0-1, 4 KOs), of Arizona boxed to an eight-round draw in an exciting scrap that opened the telecast. It was an excellent eight-round fight with give-and-take, two-way action from start to finish. In the end, one judge had it for Hooker, 77-75, but the other two scored it 76-76.
source for all results: showtime press release