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  • Ringside at Turning Stone: Rivas TKOs Jennings; Stevenson Wins Impressively

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    By Matt Andrzejewski

    VERONA, NY -- In the main event at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Oscar Rivas (26-0, 18 KO’s) scored a mild upset in stopping Bryant Jennings (24-3, 14 KO’s) in twelfth and final round of their heavyweight bout.

    The fight was a largely a tactical contest. Rivas was the aggressor pressing forward with Jennings circling and fighting off his back foot. Neither was throwing a high volume of punches.

    In the first five rounds, Rivas’ aggression seemed to be getting to Jennings. Rivas landed some solid eye catching combinations on the retreating Jennings while Jennings was largely holding back on his own offense.

    But in round six, Jennings started moving his hands more and started to seize control of the contest. He seemed to control the next few rounds by simply moving his hands, landing the left jab at will and following that up with combinations.

    Rivas stemmed Jennings momentum in the eleventh by upping his aggression and letting go with more combinations. He seemed to realize the fight could be close and something dramatic could be needed on his end.

    And that something dramatic came in round twelve. Rivas came out throwing and landed a thudding left hook on Jennings’ chin that sent Jennings reeling backwards. Rivas quickly followed up on his advantage and after landing several power shots put Jennings down on the canvas. Jennings made it to his feet but was met quickly with a fusillade of punches from Rivas. With Jennings unable to protect himself, referee Gary Rosato waived the fight off.

    Interestingly, Rivas was ahead on two cards by scores of 105-104 and 106-103 entering the twelfth round. The other card was in favor of Jennings by a margin of 106-103.

    In the co-feature, featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson (10-0, 6 KO’s) displayed all the skills that make him one of boxing’s best prospects in dispatching of Jessie Cris Rosales (22-2-1, 10 KO’s) in round four of their scheduled ten round fight.

    Rosales was considered to be a significant step up in class for Stevenson, but from the opening bell it was apparent that Rosales had no answer for Stevenson’s speed. Stevenson, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, came out pumping an effective sharp right jab from his southpaw stance. He then worked some blistering combinations behind that jab.

    As the fight progressed into round three, Stevenson mixed in some flashy short quick uppercuts on the inside along with some thudding body shots that seemed to be wearing down the tough Rosales.

    Early in round four, Rosales connected with a looping right that made Stevenson flash a quick grin. Shortly after, Stevenson let his hands go, landing some eye-popping combination that put Rosales in trouble along the ropes. A quick short left hand then planted Rosales on the canvas and though he beat the count referee Charlie Fitch wisely waived a halt to the contest.

    Afterwards, Stevenson called out IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington.

    2016 Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao (11-0, 5 KO’s) coasted to an easy unanimous eight round decision win against Hector Ambriz (12-9-2, 6 KO’s) in a 130-pound contest. This marked the third straight eight round decision win for Conceicao.

    Veteran 130-pound contender Jason Sosa (22-3-4, 15 KO’s) survived a second round knockdown and scored a ten round unanimous decision win against Moises Delgadillo (17-19-2, 9 KO’s). After some early struggles, Sosa rallied to control the second half of the fight including scoring a knockdown of his own in round seven to secure the hard fought victory.

    Two-time Olympian Vikas Krishan (1-0, 1 KO) made a successful debut stopping Steven Andrade in the second round (3-4, 2 KO’s) of their 154-pound contest. Krishan, from India, scored a knockdown with a left to the body in round two and then battered Andrade forcing referee Benjy Esteves to stop the bout.

    Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (7-0, 4 KO’s), a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, scored a TKO win against Ricardo Garcia (14-5-1, 9 KO’s) when Garcia failed to answer the bell to start round five. Gaibnazarov, who competes in the 140-pound division, dominated the bout from the opening bell including scoring a knockdown in round three before the contest was called to an end.

    In the opening bout of the night, Carlos Adames (16-0, 13 KO’s) stopped Juan Ruiz (21-4, 13 KO’S) with a right hook to the body in the third round of their junior middleweight contest.

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  • #2
    Was Jennings OK with the TKO or did he complain/protest?

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    • #3
      Usyk should now call out Rivas. Jennings has now become useful for those looking to put a notch on their belt. SAD

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      • #4
        Originally posted by KO Digest View Post
        Was Jennings OK with the TKO or did he complain/protest?
        I did not hear Jennings or anyone from his team complain (though I could have missed it). Saw Jennings in the lobby after, he was okay but very dejected.

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        • #5
          I ask because of what Mercante Jr. did at MSG.

          Did what you ask?

          Stop a fight for no reason to get the promoter's guy a TKO.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kid Blast View Post
            Usyk should now call out Rivas. Jennings has now become useful for those looking to put a notch on their belt. SAD
            I agree, Rivas now becomes a logical opponent for Usyk.

            After the card and after I finished my story, stopped by a restaurant in Turning Stone. Rivas was there and so were the Top Rank folks. Rivas and his team spent considerable time talking with Bob Arum (and posed for plenty of photos with the legendary promoter). I sense a co-promotional deal may be forthcoming for Rivas with Top Rank.

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            • #7
              Jennings repeatedly said, "It is what it is."

              I take it that he's disappointed in his team.

              Told Osuna he was giving him "censored" comments.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by KO Digest View Post
                I ask because of what Mercante Jr. did at MSG.

                Did what you ask?

                Stop a fight for no reason to get the promoter's guy a TKO.
                Honestly no. And the main reason was that I (and those sitting with me) thought Rosato should have stepped in sooner (Rosato does have a reputation to let fights go on longer then they should with Munguia-Ali being exhibit A). So did not think there would be much issue or question in regards to the stoppage. Actually, what I was focused on in the immediate aftermath was finding out the official scores at the time of the stoppage. And did locate someone who was able to get that info to us on press row.

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                • #9
                  Regarding Conceicao, whom Top Ranked had high hopes for, it is obvious he has issues. From where I was sitting, you could see him not turning over on his punches and essentially "slapping" his opponent. He needs changes and needs them ASAP (probably starting with some in his corner). Carl Moretti and Brad Goodman, who were seated right in front of me, seemed very concerned watching Conceicao. That dream of staging a big event one day in Brazil headlined by Conceicao for Top Rank may end up just being a dream.

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                  • #10
                    Ya, Jennings was a beaten man, no doubt about it.

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