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Amateur Star Khytrov Crushes Nava in Pro Debut

By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside

Highly touted super middleweight prospect Ievgen Khytrov made his professional debut a successful one, stopping Christian Nava (2-5-1) with a hellacious counter left hook to end the fight in the very first stanza. The bout served as the main event of an entertaining nine bout card promoted by Dmitry Salita’s Star of David promotions in association with Fight Promotions out of Webster Hall in New York City.

Khytrov, who represented Ukraine in the 2012 Olympics, is Dmitry Salita’s most significant signing as a young promoter. With 500 amateur fights under his belt and possessing explosive power with both hands, the 25-year-old is often compared to another rising star from the region, middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.

Time will tell whether Khytrov is the goods, but on this night, he withstood everything that Christian Nava had to offer and made short work of the Utah native. The Buddy McGirt trained Ukrainian traded shots with Nava for most of round one, getting hit more than he should have. Nava did not seem intimidated by his opponent’s vaunted power, willingly engaging his opponent as he varied his punches to the head and body. However, just as Nava waved Khytrov in, the “Ukrainian Lion” launched an explosive combination punctuated by a left hook that dropped Nava and caused the referee to stop the bout at 2:57 of round one.

Big Baby puts Barron to sleep

In the co-feature, Brooklyn’s Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller blasted Sylvester Barron out in two short rounds to run his undefeated record to 7-0-1 (7). The 266lb Miller looks to be steadily losing weight and improving his physical condition as his career progresses. Big Baby trapped Barron (8-3, 3 KOs) in the blue corner in round one and landed a combination that caused the Washington native’s mouthpiece to fly out of the ring. A follow-up right hand just after the bell dropped the towering Barron to a knee, but referee Benji Esteves ruled it a knockdown. Barron continued to receive a beating in round two, when an all-out body assault dropped him again, causing Esteves to wave off the bout at 2:20 of round 2.

Niyazov and Luna battle to draw

Brooklyn based Dimash Niyazov (4-0-2, 3 KOs) and Albany’s Rafael Luna (3-6-3, 1 KO) battled to a six round draw in an action packed junior welterweight bout. The taller and faster Niyazov won the first half of the fight behind sharp punching and superior athleticism, but Luna would not be denied, as he continued to apply pressure that began to have an effect on his opponent from the fourth round on. Despite being outgunned, Luna continued to pound on Niyazov in round five, winging shots from every angle and applying tremendous pressure on his taller foe. With Niyazov bleeding from the mouth, Luna closed the fight strong, chasing Niyazov around the ring. Scores were 58-56 Luna and 57-57 (2x).

Other bouts

Long Island City’s Peter Reyes (4-0, 2 KOs) outworked Rhode Island’s Ruben Ortiz (0-3) over four rounds, winning a unanimous decision in a super middleweight bout. Reyes dropped Ortiz in round one with a straight left just as Ortiz came in for a right hand. Scores were 40-35 (2x) and 39-36 for Reyes.

In a six round cruiserweight bout, New Yorker Stivens Bujaj improved to 10-0-1 (7KOs) when referee Benji Esteves ruled that opponent Michael Bissett (5-4, 4 KOs) could not continue due to a cut on his left eye. Bujaj landed his right hand at will throughout the contest, cutting Bissett in round three. Esteves deducted a point from Bissett in round three and another in round five for excessive holding. At that point, Bissett was bleeding heavily from his left eye, causing Esteves to call the doctor over to take a closer look as they decided to end the bout. Time of the stoppage was 2:55 of round five.

Polish junior welterweight Michael Chudecki (7-0-1, 3 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact, winning a six round war of attrition against Bronx native Yuchua Nieves (1-3, 1 KO). Chudecki dropped Nieves with a right hook to the head in round five, but it was a flash knockdown and Nieves recovered. Already down on the scorecards, Nieves had a point deducted in round six for low blows after receiving a warning. Scores were 60-52 (3x).

Wesley Ferrer (2-0, KOs) wasted no time introducing Richard Bonds (0-1) to the pro ranks, dropping his opponent twice for his second straight first round knockout. A right to the body deposited Bonds on the canvas, and a follow up left hook finished the Newburgh native off at 1:06 of the first stanza.

Brooklyn’s Glenford Nikey improved to 3-1-1 (1), with a four round unanimous decision over Albany’s Rigoberto Miranda 0-1-2 in a lightweight bout. After two close rounds, the switch hitting Nikey took over the bout with his right hook and superior movement. Scores were 39-37 (3x).

In the opening bout of the evening, Akil Frederick-Aguste (3-1, 3 KOs) annihilated Jermin King (0-2) in only 33 seconds of the opening round. Frederick dropped King with a left to the chin and followed the knockdown with a combination punctuated by another left hand that again dropped King and caused the referee to immediately halt the scheduled four round middleweight bout.

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