In the main event on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, WA, Tureano Johnson (15-1, 10 KOs) handed Mike Gavronski (14-1-1, 10 KOs) his first defeat, as they battled in a 10-round middleweight showdown.
Johnson started off slow, but kept the pressure on Gavronski, wearing him down as the fight went into the later rounds. Johnson used a pressure style to break down Gavronski, who seemed to wilt when the going got tough. With the win, Johnson gets back into world title contention. Scorecards read 99-91 across the board in favor of Tureano Johnson.
“I wanted to get back in the win column,” said Johnson, “Gavronski is a good fighter with a lot of heart so I take my hat off to him for going the distance with me. I learned a lot it this fight and I feel I still have room to grow as a fighter. My goal is to become a champion one day and I’m not going to stop until I accomplish it. My promoter Gary Shaw says he’ll get me a big fight so I’m just going to keep working hard in the gym. I’ll be back in the ring before you know it.”
In the 10-round co-feature, lightweights, Art Hovhannisyan (17-2-2, 9 KOs) and Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs) went the distance in an exciting action packed bout. Both fighters had their moments, but is was Maicelo who took control of the fight from the start. Maicelo used his superior boxing skills to outwork Hovahannisyan, landing the cleaner shots throughout the bout. Every time Hovahannisyan looked to take control, Maicelo would come back with some hard shots to halt his momentum. When it was all said and done, Maicelo won a split decision with strange scorecards reading 100-90 Maicelo, 96-94 Hovahannisyan, and 97-93 Maicelo.
“I trained really hard for this fight and my conditioning made a positive difference,” said Maicelo. “I knew Hovhannisyan was going to be tough and he brought the fight to me. My timing was on tonight and I was landing some clean shots. I’m looking forward to what Gary Shaw has planned for me in the future.”
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