“The Technician” Stops Tureano

By Caryn A. Tate on August 25, 2017
“The Technician” Stops Tureano
Derevyanchenko took more control as the rounds progressed. (Rosie Cohe/ Showtime)

Derevyanchenko dropped Johnson from an accumulation of shots in the final round. The referee waved it off…

An IBF middleweight world title eliminator between Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0, 9 KOs) and Tureano Johnson (20-2, 14 KOs) was the main event from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma tonight in Premier Boxing Champions’ broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

Derevyanchenko, an amateur standout from Ukraine, fought in the blue and white trunks. Johnson, a promising contender who has been patiently waiting for several years, wore the black trunks trimmed in turquoise.

The first round was touch-and-go for both fighters. It was one of those fights that feels like the slightest mistake or error in judgment could mean the end for either boxer. Johnson came out aggressively, pressuring Derevyanchenko and forcing him to move a lot, and overall it seemed the number of clean punches were similar. But because I felt Johnson was more effectively aggressive and controlled more of the space, I gave him the round, but it was close. Johnson switched to southpaw periodically throughout the round.

Johnson poured on more pressure in the second, at times crowding Derevyanchenko and fighting in close. Derevyanchenko began showing redness in his face, though as the round continued he began to more effectively use his fundamentals to try to keep Johnson at bay as he landed more punches. It was another close round that may have gone to the Ukrainian.

In the third Derevyanchenko gained more traction and he appeared to hurt Johnson with a barrage of punches. But Johnson kept coming and the fighters really seemed to be battling for space in the ring, with neither wanting to give ground. But overall Derevyanchenko landed the cleaner shots and seemed to be breaking Johnson down bit by bit. As the rounds progressed, Derevyanchenko used angles to great effect and showed very good footwork that helped him land his precise and thudding shots when and where he wanted.

By the middle rounds, Johnson had a dazed look about him despite the heart he showed. He just wasn’t throwing as much, and though he tried to pressure and smother Derevyanchenko, he wasn’t able to do it effectively on the whole any longer. So Derevyanchenko continued to throw, land, and control the pace of the fight. Johnson did have a few moments, though, when he was in the southpaw stance, which seemed to give Derevyanchenko a bit of trouble.

But Derevyanchenko took more control as the rounds progressed, to the point where I felt it should be stopped around round 8. Johnson showed incredible heart and determination, and had his occasional moment of success, but he took a lot of shots upstairs and the likelihood that he could win the bout became slimmer and slimmer. But the referee, doctor, and Johnson’s corner allowed it to proceed for far too long, with Johnson showing more and more effects of the punches he was taking, until finally Derevyanchenko dropped Johnson from an accumulation of shots in the final round. The referee finally waved it off at that point.

Derevyanchenko is now in line for the IBF world middleweight title, so will become one of the mandatories of the winner of Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin. He’ll be a tough out for either fighter.

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Earlier on the card, Carlos Padilla (16-6-1, 10 KOs) faced off against Austin Dulay (11-0, 8 KOs) in a lightweight bout. Dulay, a southpaw trained by the great Ronnie Shields, dominated the first round with a visible amount of power and very accurate shots. In the second, though, Padilla gained a bit of confidence when he seemed to hurt Dulay with a sharp left hook that surprised the undefeated prospect. He arguably may have won the round.

But in the third, Dulay dropped Padilla with a series of shots and it appeared the end was near. But Padilla didn’t lack heart, battling back and surviving the round. But Padilla’s corner called an end to the bout after the third round ended. It was refreshing to see a corner looking out for their fighter so well. Since Padilla has lost 4 of his last 6 fights by stoppage, it’s good to err on the side of caution as far as damage sustained.

In the second fight of the evening, middleweights Immanuwel Aleem (17-1-1, 10 KOs) and Hugo Centeno Jr. (26-1, 14 KOs) faced off. Centeno, coming off his only loss last year to Maciej Sulecki via stoppage, said coming into this bout vs. Aleem that he learned a lot from that loss. The first two rounds were relatively closely contested, but I had Centeno winning based on his superior movement that enabled him to land more clean shots. But very suddenly in the third round, Centeno timed his opponent when Aleem moved his hands out for his own shot, and Centeno landed a beautiful, picture-perfect left hook that immediately took Aleem’s legs as he fell heavily to the canvas. The referee began the count but it was clear Aleem wasn’t able to get up, though he stirred and seemed to try. Centeno was declared the winner by knockout in what has to be a contender for knockout of the year.

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  1. Koolz 11:24am, 08/26/2017


    Golovkin will destroy Derevyanchenko
    and I am not sure if that would be the next fight after Canelo.
    It would be perfect if it was but he also has another mandatory to get out of the way.

  2. Duncan Reynaldo 10:05am, 08/26/2017

    Ray Flores is more fun than a barrel of monkeys….no dead air time with him. Doing double duty commentating and announcing from ringside….yea baby!

  3. Joseph Vona 09:13am, 08/26/2017

    PBC put together a very entertaining card. The first televised bout was a fighter I had not seen before, Austin Dulay. He made easy work against Carlos Padilla during which Austin appeared to display good power, and a pleasing style. But that was Padillia’s doing. Everytime Dulay took a step back Carlos Padilla failed to move forward which gave Dulay time to reset, and do what he wanted to do. It’s time to test Austin Dulay, and move him up in competition. I don’t know who he should fight next, but it should be someone who is looking to move up too.

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