Little known in America, Korea's Ji-Hoon Kim, 20-5 (17), made a big statement on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort and Casino by halting Tyrone Harris, 24-6 (16), in the fifth round of a scheduled ten-round lightweight duel on the ESPN2-televised main event.
Harris, used a jarring jab, quick combinations to the face and body, with good lateral movement was in full control of the fight against an incoming Kim through the first three rounds of the fight. Kim showed little head or
body movement, looking like a punching bag for the Lansing, Michigan southpaw who had a big win in his last fight (an eight-round stoppage of Marvin Quintero) in the same venue.
The fight did a full 180, as Kim would keep on coming, undeterred; he opened up a cut on Harris' right eyebrow in the fourth round, going on to put his heavy shots together, dropping Harris in the fifth frame. Referee Wayne Hedgepeth would call a halt to the fight at 1:32 of the round.
Provodnikov TKO’s Jauregui in Eight
Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov’s youth, strength and being the naturally-bigger man was too much for former lightweight world champion Javier Jauregui to overcome, suffering his third straight defeat in a step up in weight class to the 140-pound limit.
Provodnikov,15-0 (10), walked through everything the experienced Mexican threw his way, trapping him against the ropes, trading uppercuts and body shots, eventually cutting Jauregui’s right eyelid in the eighth round. A serious beating, moments later, prompted referee Jack Reiss to step in and stop the bout at 2:10 of the stanza.
With the loss, Jauregui’s record dipped to 53-17-2 with 36 KOs.
In other results, light heavyweight Maxim Vlasov, 16-0 (7), remained undefeated by blowing out Julius Fogle, 15-2 (10), at 2:42 of the first round.
Featherweight Gabriel Tolmajyan, 7-1 (2), halted trial horse Anthony Martinez at 2:14 of the fourth round.
Heavyweight Garret Simon, 2-0 (2), knocked out Francisco Mireles, 8-5 (1), at 1:53 of the first round.
Featherweight Eder Peralta, 1-1, stopped debuting Edgar Flores at 2:22 of the first frame.
In the first bout of the night, Welterweight Dashon Johnson, 9-2-2 (3), stopped a very tough Sergio Macias, 14-20-1 (6), at 1:52 of the third round.
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