At the Paramount in Huntington, for Star Boxing’s Rockin’ Fights 43, the main event of the ABO cruiserweight title is between JOEL “SHOTGUN” SHOJGREEN (14-3 13KO) and the athlete “DEMOLITION MAN” LYUBOMIR (PINCHUK). 14-4-1 8KO). The drama began when Shojgrin landed a right hand that dropped Pinchuk in the second minute of the first round.
Pinchuk got up in the count, but was troubled by an injury to his right knee, which was causing him to fall awkwardly and fall to the ground. Shojgreen went on the offensive, but with Pinchuk both reeling from the knockdown and unable to put pressure on his leg, referee Al LoBianco stopped the action at 2:48 of the first round.
By TKO, Shojgreen picked up the big win and the ABO Cruiserweight title. Pinchuk was taken to the hospital for an X-ray of his right knee.
In the co-feature, John Gotti III (1-0) made his pro debut against ALBERT TULLEY (0-2) in a 4-round lightweight bout. Gotti went 5-1 as a professional MMA fighter.
From the opening bell, Gotti was deliberate and tactical with his offense. At the end of the 4th round, Gotti scored a unanimous victory in front of his home crowd (40-36 x3).
The trash talk was fast and furious, leading to RONNIE REYES (2-0) and TRAVIS “BEAUTIFUL” CRAWFORD (0-2) and boy did it work. Reyes and Crawford were defeated in their heavyweight bout.
Reyes was more creative with his strikes, but Crawford refused to back down for the entire fight. As the close fight reached the final bell, the crowd gave Reyes and Crawford a standing ovation for their performance. Reyes won the majority (38-38 draw, 39-37 Reyes x2).
Star Boxing CEO Joe DeGuardia said of the night: “Rockin’ Fights delivered in every way. Sellout crowds, exciting fights and action that had fans on their feet from the opening bell. Saturday night was the epitome of what we’ve been waiting for since 2011. It’s a show we’ve built here at the Paramount. Congratulations to all the fighters for an exciting show and thanks to everyone who came out to make last night such a successful event.”