A night worth of knockouts

By Tom Donelson, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: February 14, 2010

IOWA CITY (BASN) — Friday night on ESPN, 140-pound Russian prospect Ruslan Provodnikov faced Mexican veteran Javier Jauregui, who had 53 victories in 71 previous fights in a career that included fighting some excellent fighters just as Arcelino Freitas, Jesus Chavez, Joes Luis Castillo and Julio Diaz.

Provodnikov spent most of his professional career in Russia and as he now makes his move through the junior welterweights, he knew that he needed to expand beyond the European style of fighters.

He felt the need to challenge himself by facing Mexican fighters with their body attacking style.

Provodnikov controlled the action from the opening stanza even though Jauregui showed in the first round that he was an opponent to be feared.

While Provodnikov dominated the action with vicious body shots, Jauregui nailed him with a nasty left hook to the body in the last minute that forced the Russian to retreat.

For the next few rounds, Provodnikov threw most of the punches but he was hesitant to engage in full scale body attacks as the memory of Jauregui’s left hook still lingered.

He found a target with his combination to Jauregui’s head, but the tough Mexican showed mobility at times to force Provodnikov to pursue but as the fight progressed, Jauregui wore out from the constant pressure.

As the eighth round started, Provodnikov was ahead on points and he continued his assault.

In the previous two rounds, Provodnikov moved back to Jauregui body and in the eighth round, he finished Jauregui with a ferocious attack that forced the referee to stop the fight.

OTHER BOUTS

In the main event, Ji-Hoon Kim, the Korean knock out artist challenged the slick boxer, Tyrone Harris.

Harris was once a prospect himself with an impressive amateur career but now he slipping into opponent status.

Kim did not have an amateur background and every fight proved to be a learning experience.

Coming into this fight, he was riding an 11-fight win streak with ten of those by knockouts.

Harris shocked Kim with an aggressive attack as he nailed the Korean with variety of punches in the opening two minutes.

Uppercuts and straight rights moved Kim back throughout the first round and into the second round.

Over the last minute, Harris started to box and move out of harm way.

In the second round, Harris slipped and countered effectively while on occasional attacking Kim.

Harris won the opening two frames but Kim began to change the momentum as he started to hit Harris body and forced him to retreat in the third round.

The fourth round saw Kim’s swarming style of attack slowing Harris and forced him to be defensive. His offensive output declined.

In the fifth round, Kim came out firing as he got full extension on his punches.

After a five-punch combination, Harris went down more as a delayed reaction after a solid right hit its target. Kim forced Harris to the rope after he got up from the first knockdown and while Harris played rope-a-dope, Kim threw combination while hitting mostly arms and gloves.

Harris waited for a chance to counter but before he could strike back, the referee stopped the fight.

The referee saw a fighter who was not fighting back after being knockdown.

Harris protested the stoppage and while he had a good case for continuing the fight; he was losing the fight.

Kim had taken the momentum over and he was simply pounding Harris.

He lost his movement and his hand speed cease to be advantage as Kim aggressive nature simply overwhelmed Harris.

The undefeated Maxim Vlasov stopped Julius Fogle in the first round in a fight in a fight that saw Fogle go down from blows that hardly looked devastating.

Fogle took his time getting up and as the count hit nine, he managed to get up.

The referee counted him out but while Fogle probably did beat the count but there was little evidence that he really was in the fight.

Garret Simon was in his second professional fight against forever opponent Francisco Mireles, who had never beaten a fighter who actually won a fight. His victories came over fighters with no victories and he did his duty as an opponent.

He lost in the first round as he got knocked around from one end of the ring to the other.

Simon won his second fight and he proved that when presented with an inferior opponent, he knocked them out.

ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” saw one prospect take a step forward and a knock out artist does what he does best, ends fights by knockout.