In completing my coverage of the PBC card last night, there were two other scraps of note. In a rather curios hookup of super middleweights, we had one 35 year old guy from Inglewood, Ca. thant not only had not fought in about three years, he hadn’t even SPARRED in nearly six months. His opponent was a rather celebrated amateur with a few hundred fights that came in with a record of eight wins and no losses. Mike Guy (8-1-1-4k) had one fight in 2015 and one this year. Now how in the hell does a guy like that rate a national tv fight? He faced Sergiy Derevyanchenko (7-0-5K). Man, these names drive me crazy. I bet kids from his country don’t learn to spell their names until they’re twelve years old. In any event, this bout should’ve lasted no more than four rounds, tops. Commentator Robert Garcia, coach from Oxnard, Ca. kept saying, “ if this was my guy I would’ve pushed him to stop this guy early to make a statement”. Guess what, Garcia, had this been YOUR fighter, he probably wouldn’t have made weight, so go sit down somewhere.
But, he was right this time. Sergiy took nearly the whole eight rounds to stop the seriously limited Guy who was open for body shots all night. He was game and a hustler but he was just there. After pounding on Guy for seven rounds, Sergiy felt he was wounded enough to go for the kill. He finally dropped this guy, Guy with a big right hand to the chin and finished him with a series of body shots. PBC has to do better than this. There are lots of more competitive fights out there, a guy that hadn’t sparred in nearly SIX months, did the commission know about this? This is how guys get hurt.
In the main event, Levan Ghvamichava (16-1-1-12K) took on Sergey Lipinets (8-0-6K). Levan seemed to be the crowd favorite coming in but he quickly found out Lipinets was no walk in the park. Both Jr. welters dished out as much as they took in for the first four rounds with Lipinets, a bit quicker and a little more accurate. The end came suddenly in the fifth, as, during an exchange along the ropes, Lipinets, dug a vicious left hand to the short ribs, sending his opponent to his knees where he took the full count. Now, here’s my suggestion to PBC to atone for putting a guy on that was as inactive as Mike Guy was, put Lipinets in with Kevin Watts. Their records are close, both unbeaten and Kevin trains at the same gym I go to (AV Boxing Gym, in Palmdale) and I ASSURE you, he’s been doing a lotta’ sparring.