Sometimes fights just don't click, no matter how interesting they look on paper. For whatever reason neither man can for their fight, and neither can actually look good. That was the case this evening when touted Uzbek puncher Shohjahon Ergashev (16-0, 14) [Шохжахон Эргашев] faced off with 23 year old American Mykal Fox (19-1, 5). On paper the bout looked good, with both being unbeaten, both having contrasting styles and both having a real reason to put on a show, for the fans watching. Sadly though the two fighters never clicked, with both looking awkward and frustrated by the other.
Ergashev looked to make an impression straight away, looking to unload left hands from the opening bell. There was no jab, there was no setting up of his power shots, just crudely trying to spam the left hand, but missing far, far too often. Ergahsev instantly put fox into survival mode, but did little intelligently pressure Fox, looking far too reckless and wild. As the rounds went on Fox began to look more relaxed, and found a home for his jab, whilst becoming more confident.
Whilst Fox was growing into the contest Ergashev was continuing to miss, whilst Fox was reliant on throwing jabs, looking more to keep Ergashev away than hurt the Uzbek. It was almost a case of whether you preferred the ineffective pressure of Ergashev, or the tippy tappy and non-committal jabs of Fox in the middle rounds.
As well as the inaccuracy, from both men, there was also issues with general ugliness. Fox, a very tall and rangy fighter, would often bend at the waste, Ergashev would, as a result, lean on his head, causing numerous warnings and stops in the action. It was awful.
In round 9 the crowd had become impatient, booing the fight, and no one could really blame them. This was was poor, from both men. Thankfully however Ergashev managed to have success in the final round, landing a number of left hands, to finally give the fans something to get excited about.
Having gone 10 rounds we went to the score cards, and all 3 judges scored it to Ergashev, 96-94 and 98-92, twice, to give him his second decision win.
Despite the win Ergashev's stock has dropped here. He was exposed in many ways as a 1-trick pony, who relies far too much on his left hand, and has no plan B. Fox was a tricky opponent, but that doesn't excuse the lack of an accurate jab from Ergashev, or the lack of a boxing brain from the Uzbek, who was a very good amateur.
Later today we'll see Shohjahon Ergashev (15-0, 14) [Шохжахон Эргашев] battle against 23 year old American Mykal Fox (19-0, 5). The bout matches up two talented an unbeaten fighters with very different styles, and physical traits, with Ergashev being an exceptionally heavy handed boxer-puncher and Fox being a freakishly rangy boxer mover.
Despite both being unbeaten the odds makers are seeing this as a total mismatch, with Ergashev best priced at 1/25 to continue his unbeaten start, and event Fox's run. Fox on the other hand can be backed at a hugfe 14/1 to defeat the hard hitting Uzbek hopeful. The draw can be backed at 33/1.
The "To Win" market is one of several available here, with another being the "Method of Victory". An Ergashev is available at 2/9 to win by stoppage and 6/1 to win by decision. Fox on the other hand is 20/1 to win a decision a massive 33/1 to score the win inside the distance.
Given the odds on Ergashev to get the stoppage it should come as little surprise that the bout isn't expected to go the distance, and amazing you can get 2/9 on the bout finishing within the distance, a freakish price given the Ergashev stoppage price, and 50/11 on the bout completing the schedule.
Related - Ergashev to go off Fox hunting, against Mykal
Later today we'll see heavy handed Uzbek puncher Shohjahon Ergashev (15-0, 14) [Шохжахон Эргашев] battle against 23 year old American Mykal Fox (19-0, 5) in a battle of unbeaten fighters in the headline bout of a Shobox card.
Yesterday the two men took part on their weigh in for the contest, and both came in at the contracted limit of 142lbs, and both looked in great shape for the bout.
Whilst both weighed the same weight, 142lbs, there was a stark difference in how the two men looked, with Fox towering over Ergashev. We did know that fox was tall, and he was expected to have a 3" height advantage, but in reality it seems even bigger than that, with Ergashev clearly behind his head backwards for the stare down.
Related - Ergashev to go off Fox hunting, against Mykal
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Earlier today Uzbek sources reported that unbeaten hopeful Shohjahon Ergashev (15-0, 14) [Шохжахон Эргашев] will be returning to the ring on February 23rd in New York.
Not only was the location and date of Ergashev's next bout reported but also his opponent for that bout, who will be unbeaten 23 year old American Mykal Fox (19-0, 5), in what looks like an excellent match up.
Ergashev really made his mark this past year, going 5-0 (4) with notable wins against Sonny Fredrickson and Wang Zhimin, taking him from relatively unknown prospect to highly regarded contender, on the verge of a world title fight. Fox, who is a huge Welterweight at 6'3", on the other hand had a less productive 2018 going 4-0 (1), with his sole win of note coming against veteran DeMarcus Corley, and that was a very competitive contest with Fox winning by just a round on 2 of the score cards.
It's great to see Ergashev staying so active, and hopefully a win over Fox will help him move into the big before the end of the year.
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