Kim stops Harris
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
Lightweight Ji-Hoon Kim looked beaten after three rounds in his bout against Tyrone Harris on Friday night. Rather than cave in and become desperate, Kim weathered the early assault from Harris.
Unfortunately for Harris, he was not able to handle the eventual relentless pressure from the hard hitting Kim, who is quickly becoming a fan favorite, based on the reaction from the fans in attendance.
Kim overwhelmed Harris after a slow start, stopping him in the fifth round of a scheduled 10 round bout before a roaring near sell-out crowd at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif.
The bout headlined a seven-bout “Friday Night Fights” card.
Kim has started to turn heads in the boxing world with his hard-hitting and explosive power in his more recent fights. Zolani Morali could attest to that as he was Kim’s more recent victim, prior to the Harris fight in September in South Africa. Prior to his bout against Harris, Kim had won his last 11 bouts in a row, 10 of them by knockout. Kim has not lost in three and a half years, a 10 round unanimous decision to Makyo Sugita.
Harris impressively stopped lightweight Marvin Quintero in the eighth round in July, when he was done on all scorecards in a competitive scheduled 10 round bout.
Harris got off to a good start, landing almost at will at Kim. Harris repeatedly landed left hands to the head of Kim, mixing in left hooks to the head and body as will. Harris was able to score easily as Kim came straight forward.
Kim became more aggressive in the third round. He began to throw more to the body, but Harris utilized his speed to counter effectively with straight hands to the head.
Kim became more relentless in the fourth round, attacking the body and throwing an abundant of punches to the head. Harris began backing up, trying to withstand Kim’s pressure and looking to counter.
By the fifth round, Kim was in control and was rewarded by his effort when an accumulation of punches dropped Harris to the canvas. After Harris stood up, Kim trapped Harris against the ropes, landing hard punches as Harris attempted to avoid them. Kim threw at will with some landing to Harris‘ head, prompting referee Wayne Hedgepeth to step in and stop the bout at 1:52. Harris protested the decision, feeling he was coherent and well enough to continue.
A winner of 12 fights in a row, it did not start too well for Kim, who was mobbed by fans after the fight card ended.
“I felt I was hurt by his left hands at the beginning,” said Kim, who spoke through an interpreter after the fight. “I expected him to come out aggressive and he has a good punch. We waited for an opportunity to hurt him. After the fourth round, I started to take the fight to him.”
His trainer, Hyung Ryul Kim, also added that Kim was not able to find a rhythm in the first three rounds.
“We started to find our rhythm in the fourth round,” said Kim.
Despite being down in the fight, Kim’s performance has caught a few eyes and is crowd-pleasing for a television audience. This may not be the last time fight fans will see Kim, as he feels the best is yet to come.
“This is my full time job now. I have a good trainer in Kim. I will show that I will become a better fighter later in my career.
Kim, from Goyang City, South Korea, improves to 20-5, 17 KOs. Harris, from Lansing, MI, falls to 24-6, 16 KOs.
Provodnikov stops Jauregui
In the co-feature bout of the evening, Junior Welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov stopped former world champion Javier Jauregui in the eighth round of a scheduled 10 round bout.
The 26 year old Provodnikov was taking a major step in up in class as he was facing a foe in Jauregui who has been fighting as long as he has been alive. During his 22 year career, Jauregui won a world title and has won numerous regional titles throughout his long career.
With ring legend Joe Frazier at ringside, both fighters fought a throwback type of fight, going at one another with hard shots to the head and body. Both fighters worked the body well as they fought in close from the opening bell.
Provodnikov attacked the body, landing left hooks to the body. Jauregui held his ground, going to the body as well. Both fighters took each other’s punches well, although it looked as though Provodnikov’s landed more.
Jauregui began to box more in the fourth round, creating more space between the two. He looked to counter and land lead right hands to the head and body, which was effective at times as Jauregui was able to control the tempo of the fight.
It was short-lived though as Provodnikov came on strong in the fifth and sixth rounds. Provodnikov pressed the action and landed hard shots to the head. Although a majority of the punches would hit Jauregui’s arms or gloves, quite a few punches did land that began to slow down the former world champion.
Jauregui began to slow down in the sixth round. Sensing this Provodnikov pressed the action more, landing more effectively to the body.
Provodnikov started the eighth round strong, opening a cut over the left eye of Jauregui. Going in for the kill, Provodnikov rocked Jauregui with hard left hooks to the head. Jauregui tried to fight back, but could not withstand the assault that Provodnikov rained down on him.
Provodnikov had Jauregui pinned against the ropes, landing at will as Jauregui tried to avoid being hit. Referee Jack Reiss saw enough and stepped in to stop the bout at 2:10.
Provodnikov, from Ekaterinburg, Russia, goes to 14-0, 10 KO’s. Jauregui, from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, drops to 53-17-2, 36 KO’s.
Vlasov bests Fogel
Super middleweight Maxim Vlasov knocked out Julius Fogel in the first round of a scheduled six round bout.
Vlasov was the more polished of the two fighters. The taller Vlasov was aggressive, at times backing Fogel up towards the ropes. Fogel attempted to counter, looking for openings in Vlasov’s defense.
Towards the end of the round, an accumulation of punches by Vlasov dropped Fogel to the canvas. Fogel was on one knee, watching referee Wayne Hedgepeth count. After the count of nine, Fogel stood up, but Hedgepeth waved the fight over at 2:42 to the bewilderment of Fogel. The crowd did not like the stoppage, voicing their disapproval.
Vlasov, from Samara, Russia, goes to 15-0, 6 KO’s. Fogel, from Cary, NC, falls to 15-2, 10 KO’s.
Tolmajyan stops Martinez
Featherweight Gabriel Tolmajyan stopped late sub Anthony Martinez in the fourth round of a scheduled four round bout.
The southpaw Tolmajyan boxed around Martinez from the outside. Although Martinez, who challenged Acelino Freitas for a world title, boxed from the center of the ring, he was not able to cope with Tolmajyan’s speed. Tolmajyan worked well behind a jab, landing hard left hands to the head of Martinez. Undaunted, Martinez attempted to keep applying the pressure against Tolmajyan.
A right hook by Tolmajyan dropped Martinez in the third round. Martinez got up, fighting back bravely until the bell sounded.
However, Tolmajyan asserted control in the fourth round, landing thudding shots to the body. Tolmajyan ended matters with a left uppercut to the head, dropping Martinez. Referee Wayne Hedgepeth stopped the bout immediately at 2:14.
Tolmajyan, from Glendale, CA by way of Yerevan, Armenia, improves to 7-1, 2 KO’s. The Nicaraguan-born Martinez, from Turriabla, Costa Rica, falls to 21-34-3, 9 KO’s.
Macias no match for Johnson
Welterweight Dashon Johnson stopped Sergio Macias in the third round of a scheduled six round bout.
The athletic Johnson was just too fast for Macias, who tried to counter with one punch at a time. Although Johnson was quick, he at times would get sloppy during the fight.
The end came in the third round when Johnson landed a right uppercut to the head. Macias backed up against the ropes, where Johnson threw a barrage of punches. Seeing enough of Johnson overwhelming Macias, referee Jack Reiss stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:52.
Johnson, from Escondido, CA, improves to 9-2-2, 3 KO’s. Macias, from Pacoima, CA, drops to 14-20-1, 6 KO’s.
Simon overwhelms Mireles
Heavyweight Garret Simon stopped Francisco Mireles in the first round of a scheduled four round bout.
The taller and stronger Simon overpowered the more rotund Mireles. Although Mireles came to fight, he had no answer for Simon’s offense.
Simon dropped Mireles with a left hook to the body. Although Mireles stood up, it was only a matter of time before Simon went in for the kill. Simon landed a two left hooks to the chin, then following up with a barrage of punches before referee Jack Reiss stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:53.
Simon, from Puyallup, WA, improves to 2-0, 2 KO’s. Mireles, from Tucson, AZ, drops to 5-5.
Peralta stops Flores
In the walkout bout of the evening, Featherweight Eder Peralta stopped Edgar Flores in the first round of a scheduled four round bout.
The taller Flores was controlling the action, reddening the face of Peralta. Just when it seemed that Flores was going to win the round, Peralta landed a counter left hook to the head, dropping Flores to the canvas. Referee Jack Reiss started to count, but waved the fight over at 2:22.
Peralta, from Pasadena, CA, goes to 1-1. Flores, from Santa Maria, CA, was making his professional debut.
- Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas called the action for ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.”
- Promoter Patrick Ortiz told Fightnews.com that he is looking at promoting a card in Southern California sometime in May or June. Stay tuned for details.
- Fightnews.com’s Sam DiTusa presented the Fightnews.com 2009 “Trainer of the Year” award to David Craig and the 2009 “Fighter of the Year” award to Dashon Johnson.
- Ring announcer was Michael Williams.