Shohjahon Ergashev Dominates Luis Veron and Proves He’s Ready to Step Up
At the Ford Community Center in Dearborn, Michigan, Shohjahon Ergashev (22-0, 19 KOs) took on Luis Veron (19-4-2, 9 KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight contest. Ergashev is a hard-hitting southpaw Rakhmon, Uzbekistan, trained by the highly-regarded Sugar Hill and trains out of the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit. Ranked #4 by the IBF, #11 by the WBO, and #13 by the WBA, the 30-year-old has a high opinion of himself, believing that 2022 is the year he will win a world title.
He took on a Veron who came in with a questionable record. The resume shows a fighter who padded his record fighting non-descript opponents in his native Argentina. But the 29-year-old has fallen short when fighting outside his homeland against better competition. To this point, he has lost three of his last five entering the fight with Ergashev.
IN COMMAND FROM BEGINNING TO END
Ergashev took over early in this one and never relinquished control. He put Veron down in the second courtesy of a straight left. The longer the fight went, the more punishment he dished out.
Veron went down for a second time in the fifth, this time the result of a body shot. The only blemish on what was a dominant performance by Ergashev came in the seventh when he had a point docked for pushing his opponent’s head down. Outside of that, he beat Veron up on the way to a unanimous decision win (79-70) that was never in doubt.
This was nothing more than a stay-busy fight for the victor, who has bigger aspirations. His promoter, Dmitriy Salita, feels he’s ready to face the best at 140. At the very least, Ergashev is a legit talent, and it’s time to take his career to the next level.
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.