Staying true to the Mortal Kombat mantra of “Finish Him!” that inspired Brandon Adams’ ring gear tonight, Adams scored a phenomenal come-from-behind knockout win over Serhii Bohachuk.
Arriving to the ring in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico dressed as Scorpion from the aforementioned video game series, Adams landed a left hook in round eight that sent Bohachuk to the canvas and on his way to his first pro loss. The fight capped off the first of Ring City’s three shows in Puerto Rico that will air on NBC Sports Network.
Adams needed the knockout, being behind on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage. Bohachuk was winning 69-63 on one scorecard while he was leading 68-64 on the other two scorecards.
“He was a tough guy,” Adams after the fight. “He brought another side out of me that I knew was inside. I had to dig in deep tonight and use all the strength that I had to connect with one of those punches from the cannon.”
It was the left hook that gave Adams the most success in the first two rounds. Bohachuk struggled to keep Adams from attacking on the inside. Adams was able to take advantage of several moments where Bohachuk had his right hand down and Adams landed the left hook upstairs with relative ease. Bohachuk eventually found his rhythm, cutting off the ring and outworking Adams thanks to his reach advantage.
Although Bohachuk was able to limit Adams’ offense for several rounds, Adams was able to pressure Bohachuk in the eighth round and connected with the left hook. Bohachuk got back up before the referee’s 10 count finished, but he still hadn’t recovered, prompting the referee to stop the fight.
The two fighters were originally supposed to meet this past December on a Ring City USA card, but it got called off after Bohachuk tested positive for COVID-19. Adams fought Sanny Duversonne in December, dressing up as Bowser before the fight, and stopped him in two rounds.
Adams has now won his last two fights since he suffered a loss to WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo in 2019. The 31-year-old Adams, who won the 2018 edition of “The Contender,” improves to 23-3.
“It was real tough fighting in there tonight. The ring was wet, the ref was against me tonight. It was an uphill battle. I am an explosive fighter and I couldn’t take advantage of that because I didn’t have my legs under me because the ring was wet. But even though I was irritated, the show must go on. I am a pro. I have to figure out how to get the W and that’s what I had to do. I am grateful for the win. I loved Puerto Rico, everyone out here embraced me with love,” Adams said.
The rest of the main card that aired on NBC Sports Network saw a pair of Puerto Ricans walk out with victories, albeit in different ways.
In the co-main event, Bryan Chevalier picked up his seventh straight win by knocking out Carlos Zambrano in the third round. Chevalier dropped Zambrano three times, twice in the third round to improve his record to 15-1-1.
The opening fight of the main card featured Danielito Zorrilla scoring a technical split technical decision win against Ruslan Madiyev. Zorilla went down in round after getting hit with a shot behind the head and could not continue. The fight was decided on the scorecards with Zorrilla winning two of the three cards with scores of 77-75 and 77-74. Madiyev led 76-75 on the third scorecard. After the broadcast, Ring City USA noted that Zorrilla is getting an MRI. In a later update, Carlos Toro Media was notified that Zorrilla is stable and waiting to get all the routine tests done.
Madiyev’s trainer Joel Diaz cast doubt over the result of the fight and whether or not Zorrilla was truly hurt.
“The result of the fight wasn’t fair. We knew we came to PR with everything against us,” Diaz said. “Ruslan was just getting his groove. He was getting stronger after the fifth. Zorrilla started to slow down because he was tired. He kept hugging Ruslan during most of the fight. The referee took a point from my fighter for hitting him in the head, I understand. But Zorrilla was hugging too much, and during exchanges you can get hit. I said to the referee 3 times, ‘Zorrilla is hugging to much, pay attention,’ but he never paid attention. That hit at the end, wasn’t even a hit – it was more of a scratch.”
“Personally, Zorrilla wanted put of the fight. Because of the experience I have, I can tell he was tired, he couldn’t handle the pressure, and chose the right moment to say Ruslan hurt him. He wasn’t hurt. He’s a good actor. He should go do movies. We were winning the fight. Golden Boy just called me and said they watched they fight and we won. This isn’t fair for my fighter because he put in the work, got ready…. but what can we do know? We gotta keep going forward. But really, Zorrilla should be a telenovela actor.”Joel Diaz, Ruslan Madiyev’s trainer.
Three fights were streamed on Twitch prior to the NBC Sports Network broadcast. The action opened with a sensational knockout victory for Jorge Diaz, winning his pro debut with a second-round left-hand showstopper over Felipe Munoz.
The second fight of the night featured another fighter scoring a knockout in his pro debut. Harold Laguna utilized his arsenal of non-stop body punching to knock out Darwin Alvarez in the first round.
In the last fight of the Twitch undercard, Fernando Vargas Jr. also won his fight against Salome Flores Torres in the first round. Vargas Jr., the son of former world champion Fernando Vargas, scored a straight right hand to drop Torres.
Although Torres was able to get back up, he wasn’t able to overcome the younger Vargas’ constant pressure and was knocked down again seconds later. Referee Janny Guzman stopped the bout, awarding Vargas his second win in the paid ranks.
Ring City USA returns to Puerto Rico on March 18 when former world champion Alberto Machado takes on Hector Tanajara in the main event.