All heavyweight prospects yearn for it. A chance on national TV to throw a little gleam in their own direction. That’s what Trevor Bryan was presented Friday night in the main event of “ShoBox: The New Generation,” scoring a lopsided unanimous 10-round decision over Derric Rossy. Bryan almost took his foe out early in the first, but Rossy was able to survive and make it fight until the end, punctuating an entertaining card from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center outside of the D Las Vegas.
Bryan, who is from Albany, N.Y., but fights out of Florida, unloaded a double left hook onto Rossy’s jaw mere seconds into the fight. Rossy staggered into the ropes and tried to hang on, but Bryan, sniffing out an early stoppage, was relentless. A furious assault to the head and body ensued until finally, after a right hand landed, Rossy was down.
The Long Islander easily beat referee Robert Byrd’s count, but it seemed as if the end was near. Rossy bit down on his mouthpiece and fought back. Bryan couldn’t close, and the action for the remainder of the first was something the heavyweight division hasn’t seen in years—a two-way action fight.
The two tore into each other during the second and third, and if the action would have remained as consistent through until the end, the fans at the outdoor venue were in for a heck of a ride. Eventually, Rossy fell victim to fatigue and the back-and-forth battle simmered down, resulting in Bryan’s domination.
Bryan (16-0, 11 KOs) started to pick Rossy apart over the second half of the fight. Rossy (30-10, 14 KOs) tried to keep things interesting, but Bryan’s overall volume was too much to overcome. In the end, Bryan was awarded a 97-92 and 98-91 (twice) verdict.
In the evening’s co-feature, DeCarlo Perez scored a fairly sizeable upset by outpointing previously-unbeaten two-time Olympian Juan Ubaldo Cabrera over 10 rounds. Cabrera was cut over the right eye in the second and had a point deducted in the seventh for continuously holding, and he was never able to find the sort of rhythm needed to thwart Perez’ charges.
After a competitive opening few stanzas, Perez found a groove and kept the Dominican guessing. Perez, who hails from Atlantic City and a late replacement on a week’s notice for original opponent Mike Gavronski, never relented and picked his foe apart.
When the dust settled, the three ringside judges all sided with Perez, who won with scores of 97-92 and 98-91 (twice) to improve to 15-3-1 with 5 KOs. Cabrera fell to 23-1 with 15 KOs.
In the other featured heavyweight battle, Philadelphia’s Joey Dawejko obliterated the larger Natu Visinia, knocking him out in just 75 seconds. After dropping the Illinois fighter with a hellacious swarm of punches about 30 seconds into the brawl, Dawejko unloaded another barrage until referee Russell Mora pulled him off. Visinia (11-2, 9 KOs) crumbled into the ropes when Mora waved it over, giving Dawejko (16-4-2, 9 KOs) the biggest win of his career.