David Morrell Jr makes a bold statement with knockout on Showtime!
David Morrell Jr (8-0, 7 KOs) looked absolutely spectacular in defeating previously unbeaten Aidos Yerbossynuly (16-1, 11 KOs). This was a showcase of skill for Morrell, displaying head movement, variety of punches and smooth footwork. After the first four rounds Morrell’s output level dropped a bit and he seemed content on picking up the decision victory. At one point he laid on the ropes and dodged punches without looking at Yerbossynuly. During the course of the fight Yerbossynuly continued to drip blood and the swelling took over both of his eyes. Also to his credit he did not give up once and continued to press forward which forced Morrell to hit him with everything but the kitchen sink. In the twelfth and final round it was evident that Yerbossynuly was just hoping to make it to the finish line and was holding on for dear life in clinches and while they were on the ropes, refusing to let go. This little stunt led to a point being deducted from him. David followed it up with a quick knockdown that did not seem to fully heart Yerbossynuly, but in the following moments he finished him off with a massive right hook that cause an immediate stoppage.
With the win he improves to 8-0, 7 KOs. Impressive work for someone fighting an entire 12 round fight in just their 8th pro fight. He made it clear he wants everyone and has been very vocal in calling out David Benavidez.
Brian Mendoza (21-2, 15 KOs) picked up a fifth round KO over Jeison Rosario (23-4-1, 17 KOs). It was a decent back and forth fight in the first round, with the second mirroring it. That is until Mendoza landed a left hook to the body that forced Rosario to take a knee. Mendoza was all over him the remainder of the round landing shots to the head and body. To his credit, Rosario continued to fight on and was in it to win it. In the fifth round Mendoza landed a perfectly timed and powerful right uppercut that dropped Rosario. It was clear that even if he got to his feet this was the beginning of the end. However, as he got back to his feet he could not maintain his balance and went back down, promoting referee Mark Calo to stop the fight.
Fiodor Czerkaszyn (21-0, 13 KOs) had an easy night of work picking up a ten round unanimous decision victory over Nathaniel Gallimore (22-6-1, 17 KOs).
Andre Dirrell (29-3, 19 KOs) also returning to the ring scored a big tenth round stoppage over Yunieski Gonzalez (21-5, 17 KOs). After the bout was over, Dirrell was very vocal in wanting to get more fights made.
Julian Williams (28-3-1, 16 KOs) picked up an eight round decision over Rolando Mansilla (18-12-1, 8 KOs). It was good seeing Williams back in the ring and back to his winning ways.
Kent Cruz (16-0-3, 10 KOs) fought Enriko Gogokhia (13-0-2, 8 KOs) to another draw in a rematch from February this year. In the first fight, Gogokhia dropped Cruz twice which helped lock in the draw. This go round it was a much more even contest that still ended up resulting in another draw. Not sure if these two go at it again. Cruz seems like the type of fighter that always ends up in close tight scored fights.
Ablaikhan Zhussopov (3-0, 2 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Demarcus Layton (8-4-1, 5 KOs)
Damier Zamora (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision victory over Clay Burns (10-14-2, 4 KOs)
Jose Perez (11-1-2, 5 KOs) picked up a second round stoppage over Angel Luna (15-12-1, 8 KOs)
Yoenis Tellaz (2-0, 2 KOs) and Dario Guerrero-Meneses (1-2-1) fought to a no contest after an accidental clash of heads at the beginning of the third round prompted a stoppage to the bout.
Maximus Garland (3-0, 3 KOs) picked up a first round TKO over Alex Cortez (0-1) who was making his professional debut at the age of 40.