Aside from the main event, many fight fans were most excited to watch Shohjahon Ergashev challenge Subriel Matias for the IBF Super Lightweight Championship.
“It’s gonna be a very exciting fight. Matias is very aggressive, very confident and he likes to mix it up,” Uzbekistanian super lightweight contender Shohjahon Ergashev said on Thursday.
“And I like to mix it up, so it’s gonna be very exciting. And it’ll be fireworks from beginning to end.”
While Ergashev was correct in his assessment of how the fight would play out on Saturday at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, it didn’t necessarily end in the way he may have hoped. The Puerto Rican champion viciously assaulted the challenger through the first half of the 12-round bout and forced Ergashev’s trainer, Javon “Sugar Hill” Steward, to stop the fight before the start of the sixth round.
With the win, Matias improved his professional record to 20-1 with twenty knockouts while Ergashev falls to 23-1 with 20 knockouts. After the fight, the Puerto Rican champion called out fellow 140-pound champions Devin Haney, Regis Prograis and Teofimo Lopez. Not to mention, Premier Boxing Champions is home to 140-pound contenders like Gary Antuanne Russell, Elvis Rodriguez Jr. and Brandun Lee.