He doesn’t thoughts it. David Morrell is aware of how good he’s. The rangy, 24-year-old Cuban southpaw can bide his time and look forward to the Canelo Alvarezs, and David Benavidezs and Caleb Crops of the 168-pound division, whereas within the meantime chew on roughhewn fighters like Aidos Yerbossynuly.
It’s what Morrell did Saturday night time, stopping the beforehand undefeated Yerbossynuly at 2:34 of the twelfth spherical on Showtime’s Championship Boxing from The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In doing so, Morrell (8-0, 7 knockouts) retained his secondary WBA tremendous middleweight belt, whereas Yerbossynuly (16-1, 11 KOs) was taken to an area Minneapolis hospital for observations.
“I instructed everybody on the press convention that the battle is mine,” Morrell mentioned. “(Yerbossynuly) is robust…but it surely’s me, man. A knockout is a knockout, so if it’s within the eighth or twelfth spherical, it’s no matter. It’s a knockout anyhow.
“I noticed he was harm at that second after which the outcomes got here in, that knockdown got here. The outcomes will come. So long as I take heed to my nook, take heed to my father, take heed to my promoter, take heed to everyone, the course will take its place.
“I need (David) Benavidez, however I don’t care. I’m prepared for everyone.”
Morrell, The Ring’s No. 6 tremendous middleweight, had dominated Yerbossynuly by a lot of the battle with lead lefts, proper hooks to the physique and proper uppercuts. Yerbossynuly had by no means reached the twelfth spherical earlier than and the primary time he did, he wasn’t capable of stand by a lot of it.
THE PREDATOR BECAME THE PREY 😈@OsvaryJ knocks out Yerbossynuly in spherical 12 to remain unbeaten 🔥#MorrellYerbossynuly pic.twitter.com/5DNGM1ywpV
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) November 6, 2022
With 2:45 left within the battle, Morrell knocked him down with a straight left. With :49 left, Yerbossynuly might barely stand, hugging Morrell in opposition to the ropes. When referee Tony Weeks instructed Yerbossynuly to let go, he nonetheless held on, prompting to deduct a degree from Yerbossynuly.
Quickly after, a Morrell proper hook dropped Yerbossynuly and Weeks noticed sufficient. Morrell truly helped Weeks carry Yerbossynuly again to his nook.
Brian Mendoza retires Jeison Rosario
Brian Mendoza pulled off the shock of the night time by stopping former unified junior middleweight titlist Jeison Rosario with a fifth-round knockout at 2:36.
Rosario (23-4-1, 17 KOs) introduced his retirement after the battle.
“I feel it’s time to say goodbye,” Rosario mentioned. “I’m not combating anymore. I’m going to retire. I’ve completed quite a bit, and it was good, however my profession stops right here.
“Crucial factor is that I’ve my well being. I really feel slightly dangerous that I couldn’t give the Dominican individuals the end result they hoped for, however I really like you all and I thanks for all of the assist by the years. I’ve received to present props to Brian Mendoza. He got here and did his job.”
Mendoza (21-2, 15 KOs) sees a much bigger image forward.
“They thought I used to be a fill in,” Mendoza mentioned. “I’ve been within the fitness center for seven months straight since I fought on March 26. This was something however a last-minute name. This was actually the place alternative meets preparation, and I couldn’t ask for something higher.
“What a tremendous opponent for me to indicate off all of the work I’ve finished, I couldn’t be extra grateful. You watch tape on the man, and also you see what they’re open to…I noticed a gap and I went for it. I used to be simply past prepared for something.
“These are the changes you’re employed on in camp. He stored slipping the straight line I used to be throwing. He was ducking and I used to be like, let’s see if this works. I sat on the punch and let it go, these have been the instincts I labored.”
Fiodor Czerkaszyn retains successful
Ukrainian middleweight Fiodor Czerkaszyn (21-0, 13 KOs) pounded Nathaniel Gallimore (22-6-1, 17 KOS) for a unanimous 10-round resolution by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93.
“I felt on this battle I managed him,” Czerkaszyn mentioned about Gallimore. “He’s very quick and he wished to catch me with a tough punch, however I wished to really feel the gap. I do know combating within the U.S. is an enormous alternative.
“It’s my fashion. I prefer to punch like that, quick and generally throw a powerful punch. I felt that he’s a troublesome fighter. He controls his punches. Good expertise, he’s very slick and harmful. He can punch.”
Czerkaszyn had his method early on. Probably the most important punch got here on a Czerkaszyn proper hand with 1:12 left within the fifth. Gallimore was rattled by the shot, and Czerkaszyn, figuring out of the southpaw stance, stored charging. Gallimore survived the spherical, however by the midway level of the battle, it was obvious Czerkaszyn was outworking Gallimore.
“I began slightly gradual in there tonight,” Gallimore admitted. “I couldn’t get my combos going. He outworked me and so they gave him the battle. That’s simply how it’s. It wasn’t my night time. He by no means had me harm within the battle. He did hit me with some good pictures, however I wasn’t harm or nervous at any level that I couldn’t proceed.”
Gallimore had no complaints.
“I assumed the scores have been fairly honest for probably the most half,” he mentioned. “I couldn’t get off. (Czerkaszyn) was holding quite a bit and the ref didn’t do something about it. I’m not saying it was the ref’s fault I misplaced, however he was holding me and protecting me from getting off. It was irritating.
“I’ve received to consider what’s subsequent (for my profession). I’m nonetheless within the warmth of the second, however I’ll make the fitting resolution about my future in just a few days after I’ve had a while to consider it.”
Earlier on the undercard, mild heavyweight Andre Dirrell (29-3, 19 KOs) stopped Yunieski Gonzalez (21-5, 17 KOs) at 1:30 of the tenth spherical.
Former IBF/IBO/WBA junior middleweight titlist Julian “J-Rock” Williams (28-3-1, 16 KOs) fought for the primary time in over a 12 months, handily beating Rolando Mansilla (18-12-1, 8 KOs) by unanimous eight-year resolution.
The rematch between junior welterweights Kent Cruz (16-0-3, 10 KOs) and Enriko Gogokhia (13-0-2, 8 KOs) finish in an eight-round draw, which is how their first battle ended.
Junior light-weight Jose Perez (11-1-2, 5 KOs) stopped Angel Luna (15-12-1, 2 KOs) in two rounds. In one other junior light-weight bout, Demler Zamora (10-0, 8 KOs) gained a six-round resolution over Clay Burns (10-14-2, 4 KOs). Welterweight Ablaikhan Zhussupov (3-0, 2 KOs) stopped Demarcus Layton (8-3-1, 5 KOs) at 2:44 of the second spherical. Junior middleweights Yoenis Tellez (2-0, 2 KOs) and Dario Guerrero-Meneses (1-2-1, 0 KOs) led to a no-contest after Guerrero-Meneses endured a lower on his brow within the third spherical. Junior middleweight Maximus Garland (3-0, 3 KOs) began the night by stopping Alex Cortez making his professional in a single spherical.
Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter who has been working for Ring Journal/RingTV.com since October 1997 and is the president of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America.