Super middleweight Joey Gilbert got back in the win column on Saturday night with an outstanding performance against Pomona, California’s Ivan Stovall, earning a fifth round stoppage in front of a crowd of over 2,000 Northern Nevada fight fans at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon. Controlling the action from the opening bell, Gilbert was able to drop Stovall in the fourth, before referee Vic Drakulich called a halt to the action at the 1:05 mark of the fifth round of the scheduled eight rounder.
“I felt great in there, just focused on what I do best. The fans here in Fallon were very supportive and it was terrific to get back in the win column” said Gilbert who improved to 18-2 (14 KOs), while Stovall moved to 10-5 (7 KOs).
This was Gilbert’s first bout since his decision loss to Reno cross town rival Jesse Brinkley on February 14th at the Reno Events Center.
About his future plans, Gilbert said, “I’ll sit down this week and talk to my promoter Chet Koerner and see where we go from here. I’d like to stay busy and work my way back into the world rankings.”
Said Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions, “I was very impressed by Joey’s performance tonight. From the opening bell he was the aggressor and he stayed right in the pocket. We’re going to work together to keep him busy in the coming months.”
Promoted by Reno ’s “Let’s Get It On” Promotions, the Gilbert/Stovall bout was the main event at “RURAL RUMBLE/FALLON FIGHTS 2009” which featured two other boxing matches as well as mixed martial arts bouts.
In the two opening boxing matches, heavyweight Tyler Hinkey, 5-1-2 (4KO’s) and Yohan Banks, 2-3-3 (1KO) battled to a four round draw as well as did lightweights Johnny Mancilla, 0-0-2 and Theron DeLorme, 1-0-1.