At the Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT, on Saturday over Showtime TGB – Tom Brown featured in a title eliminator Super Welterweight southpaw Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin defeated Terrell Gausha in the Main Event for the WBC Silver title. In the co-feature No. 1 WBC Featherweight Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayer won a split decision over Cobia Breedy. Unbeaten Welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis destroyed Juan Carlos “Merenbue” Abreu in 6 rounds.
In the Main Event of a title eliminator returning after 11 months Super Welterweight southpaw No. 1 WBC ranked Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin, 23-1 (16), #153 ¾, of Orlando, FL, returning after 16 months (due to a hand injury in Oct) won a lackluster decision over 2012 Olympian Terrell Gausha, 21-2-1 (10), #153, of Cleveland, OH, over 12 rounds for the vacant WBC Silver Welter title.
In the first sixth rounds it was Lubin having an edge due to the lack of offense from Gausha. In the seventh round Gausha finally started some offense in a close round as was the eighth round though Lubin seemed to continue pitching a shutout. In the ninth round some action finally started in a close round that could have gone either way.
In the tenth round in the final minute Gausha rocked Lubin with a right on the chin driving him backwards into the ropes but failed to follow-up. In the eleventh round Gausha seemed to have an edge in a close round. In the twelfth and final round Gausha finally threw lead overhand rights. With 45 seconds left a left from Lubin on the chin rocked Gausha.
Scores were Don Ackerman 115-113, John McKaie 116-112 and Tom Schreck 118-110 with this writer 117-113. Referee was Mike Ortega.
“I gave myself a B-. Gausha was a top fighter. There was too much respect which is why it was slow in the beginning. I am the mandatory for Charlo or Rosario for a title fight. He buzzed me in the final round but I was able to comeback. He was a former Olympian,” said Lubin.
In the co-feature 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist and No. 1 WBC ranked Featherweight Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayer, 12-1 (9), #125 1/2, of Mongolia and L.A., CA, won a split decision scoring a pair of knockdowns over Cobia “Soldier” Breedy, 15-1 (5), #125 1/2, of Barbados and Clinton, MD, over 12 exciting rounds.
In the first round Breedy dominated the first half round before Nyambayer finally landed a solid right on the chin. With 15 seconds left in the round Nyambayer landed a right cross on the chin of Breedy dropping him for an 8-count from referee Danny Schiavone just prior to the round ending. In the second round after some 50 seconds Nyambayer landed an uppercut on the chin followed by a pair of left uppercuts dropping Breedy for a second time in the fight for an 8-count but managed to get through the round.
Breedy bounced back well taking the fourth through the fifth rounds. In the sixth round Nyambayer came back in a close round. In the seventh round Nyambayer came out firing punches chasing Breedy whose left eye was closing (blew his nose prior to the round). In the eighth round Breedy continued running with little offense in the round. Prior to the round starting the referee waited the full minute before asking the ring physician in to check the left eye of Breedy. In the ninth round Breedy finally started using some offense making it a close round.
In the tenth round Nyambayer did well for half a round before Breedy took over in a close round. In the eleventh round Breedy seemed to outwork Nyambayer in another close round. In the twelfth and final round Nyambayer came out fast for the first minute then got on his bike with Breedy outworking him.
Scores were Don Trella 115-111 Breedy, Glenn Feldman 114-112 and Steve Weisfeld 114-113 both for Nyambayer. This writer scored it 114-112 for the winner. Breedy took the fight on just 5 weeks notice.
“It was a tough fight. (When asked “after 2 early knockdowns how did you leave him back into the fight?”) I don’t know,” said Nyambayer. (Not speaking English made it difficult for him.
Welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 26-0 (24), #146, of Philadelphia, PA, overwhelmed in stopping Juan Carlos “Merenbue” Abreu, 23-6-1 (21), #150 ¼, of LaRomana, DR, and Boston, Mass. at 1:06 of the sixth scoring 3 knockdowns for his 16th straight stoppage in a scheduled 10.
In the first round Ennis rushed out throwing punches. It took Abreu over a minute to throw a punch being on the defense. Halfway through the round Ennis landed a solid left hook on the chin but suddenly turned southpaw the rest of the round. In the second round with a minute left Ennis landed a lead left from southpaw on the chin rocking Abreu but again switched stances back to orthodox the rest of the round.
In the third round after half a minute an Ennis lab stunned Abreu. Ennis dominated round along with the fourth round. In the fifth round after 30 seconds a left lead on the chin from Ennis rocked Abreu. Ennis landed a low blow without warning and seconds later Abreu intentionally landed a low right with warning. With 20 seconds to go Abreu landed a right with Ennis coming back with a right uppercut from Ennis on the chin of Abreu dropped him for an 8 count from Johnny Callas.
In the sixth round Ennis dropped Abreu again with a counter right on top of the head for a count of 7 from referee Callas. Ennis was all over Abreu landing from southpaw a pair of left’s to the body dropping Abreu when referee Callas wisely called a halt.
“I thought I put on a beautiful show. I felt I showed I am here where I belong. I want any of the top ten guys that I can get now,” said Ennis.
Ennis is ranked WBC #15, IBF #12 and WBO #11. His father trainer-teacher “Bozy” Ennis encouraged his son after 3 rounds to stop messing around and go out and stop his opponent.
Jimmy Lennon, Jr. Ring Announcer