By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Middleweight upset artist Brian Vera (22-6, 13 KOs) has done it again, scoring a tenth round TKO over former WBO jr middleweight champion Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-2-1, 24 KOs) on Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. Dzinziruk, coming off a September draw to Jonathan Gonzalez, was dropped twice and battered in round one by the hard charging Vera, who was a participant in the third season of The Contender. Vera continued being the stalker and landed his right hand at will for the next two rounds. In the fourth round Dzinziruk began to use his jab and movement that was starting to frustrate Vera and the fight was more competitive after that . In the eighth round it looked like Vera would stop the Ukraine when he had him trapped in the corner and the referee was ready to jump in. Dzinziruk to his credit countered and weathered the storm.
“He touched me with a body shot and slowed me up a little bit,” explained the Texan. Vera battered the ex-champ in the corner again in round ten and Dzinziruk seemed to drop to stop the onslaught more than being badly hurt. As he was taking the mandatory count you good almost see the resignation in his face and when referee Benji Estevez asked him if he wanted to continue he gave a little shake of his head that he couldn’t. Time was 1:50 with all three judges having Vera ahead by 88-81 scores.
Vera has also defeated Andy Lee and Sergio Mora (twice) and now can be in line for a world title shot. “I’ll fight anybody,” said Vera. “I’ll fight Gennady Golovkin (WBO and IBO middleweight champion). I’ll love to have that fight.”
Jr. welterweight Jose Hernandez (14-6-1, 6 KOs) of Fort Worth, Texas upset previously unbeaten Canadian Tony Luis (15-1, 7 KOs) with an eighth round TKO. Hernandez dropped Luis in round eight and finished him with his follow-up barrage. Time was 2:47. You could count on one hand the jabs thrown by either fighter as they stood toe-to-toe throwing power punches. Both fighters took turns shaking up the other but the consistent counter left hooks by Hernandez was doing the most damage. Hernandez took the fight on one week notice without any hesitation, “When they made the call and it was on TV we took it, the opportunity was there,” said trainer Richard Best. Fighting inside and not using his jab was the plan from the beginning for Hernandez, “My plan was to come in here and destroy the guy, get him going backwards, I had to take him out because if it went ten rounds they would have stole it from me,” said Hernandez. The defeat left Luis stunned as he had recently signed with Greg Cohen Promotions and was making his American debut. “He was a tough tough fighter, he took a good shot and he countered everything whether he got jarred or not,” said Luis. The scores were split separated by one point on each scorecard showing how competitive the bout was.
Antoine Douglass of Burke, Virginia won a shutout four-round decision from game Emmanual Medina of Quincy, Mass. Douglass raised his record to 4-0 in a young promising career while Medina drops to 2-3-1.
Undefeated Jackson Junior Dos Santos of San Paulo, Brazil scored a first round TKO over Dante Craig of Cincinnati. Dos Santos controlled the action from the onset finally dropping Craig with a left hook to his soft midsection. As soon as the referee called for them to box, Dos Santos landed a right overhand bomb dropping Craig again. Referee Pakozdi waived the bout off without a count at 2:41. The Brazilian who is rated #11 by the WBO improves to 14-0 with his 12th stoppage as Craig slides to 20-15-1.
Jose Saenz of Kansas City, Missouri eked out a 4-round split decision over Jamell Tyson of Rochester, NY. Scores were 38-37 for Tyson and 38-37 twice for Saenz. The rock and sock em bout turned in the third round as a border line low blow had Tyson complaining which allowed Saenz to jump in and land a combination that floored Tyson. That would prove to be the difference in the scoring as Saenez stays unbeaten at 4-0 while Tyson slips to 3-9-1.
Light heavyweight Ryon McKenzie who now makes his home in Syracuse, NY felt the love from the loud hometown fans as he forced journeyman Rayshawn Myers (4-16-1) of Cleveland to retire on his stool at the end of round two. McKenzie came out aggressively in round two dropping Myers with a left hook. The Bahamas native stalked his prey for the rest of the round dropping him a second time with a right hand. McKenzie had Myers reeling as the bell sounded to end the second round. His corner seen enough and signaled the referee to stop the fight. McKenzie registered his 11th stoppage to go with his 12th win in as many fights.