By Marc Livitz: Tureano Johnson outlasted and outworked Mike Gavronski in a middleweight bout at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington.
The undefeated Gavronski came out firing. He used his left jab to land a right uppercut in the round’s opening moments. Mike remained active in front of his hometown crowd in an attempt to control the period, although Johnson pressed forward. His opponent kept on punching in the second. They weren’t all landing and Tureano began to answer with his right. Johnson connected with an overhand right to close the round. Mike looked to work the body as the third round commenced.
The two combatants leaned into one another at ring’s center. Tureano Johnson
landed successive right uppercuts to the seemingly unaffected Gavronski, who had recently fought through a broken jaw in a recent bout. Johnson caught Mike with a left hook as the round came to an end.
Mike’s punches continued in round four, but they were no longer snapping back and forth. His Bahamian competitor was beginning to catch him more and more. The fifth round saw Tureano Johnson take advantage of his tiring Washington foe.
Gavronski sought to tie up in the sixth, while Johnson used his shoulders close in to land hard shots. He continued to push forward in the seventh as Tureano landed uppercuts and hooks to send Mike’s head upward and around. Gavronski was bouncing from his knees only while his feet remained set.
The scoring on the bout through seven rounds may have been close to even due to the fact that Gavronski may have carried the opening three rounds until Johnson came alive. There were various points in round eight when Mike was breathing heavily and lacked the strength to keep his hands up. The hard shots from the man from the Bahamas continued. Mike Gavronski entered his first ninth round as a professional with a bit more energy. His jab was back and he let Johnson come to him. There was still only so much he could do. He was beyond exhausted and Johnson was just getting started.
The fighter from the Pacific Northwest rose to meet the bell to begin round ten. Johnson was waiting. Mike threw punches and took more. Many more. Perhaps Mike was looking for a moral win by way of crossing the finish line. He started well but he didn’t keep up the pace. It would seem that Tureano Johnson would find victory in his first fight back since his April knockout loss to Curtis Stevens. He did with three respective judge tallies of 99-91. Tureano Johnson picked up the vacant WBC Continental Americas middleweight title and improved to (15(10)-1), while Mike Gavronski was dealt his first loss as a professional and fell to (14(10)-1-1).
Co Main Event Report - Maicelo Tops Hovhannisyan
The lightweight orthodox matchup began with each competitor using the ring and subsequently looking for a meaningful opening or two. Maicelo landed a left hook to the head of Hovhannisyan in the round’s closing minute. His Armenian opponent kept his right hand readily cocked just beneath his chin as his Peruvian foe steadily moved around the squared circle. Brief exchanges highlighted bits of round two. The initial moments of the third saw a knockdown that wasn’t. Hovhannisyan threw a looping left hook which seemed to drop Maicelo, yet it was ruled a slip by way of tangled feet per referee Bobby Howard. The overall activity levels were beginning to pick up by round’s end.
Jonathan was the more aggressive of the two in the fourth. However, the closer he got meant the more chances he’d take. Art Hovhannisyan caught him with counter shots more than once. Maicelo landed successive one-two shots in round five. Art couldn’t answer. Still, he wasn’t fazed at all by the punches. Whether or not he sought to gain any ground was negated by a timekeeping error which ended the period with fifty five seconds to spare. The sixth was much of the same. Hovhannisyan would follow Maicelo but not to any great effect. By this point, the judges may very much have had a case of "output versus power" with which to deal.
Maicelo’s punch stats continued to increase through round seven. His foe brought the pressure yet not the shots. Not much changed in the eighth. There were a few scant exchanges, yet much of the stanza was a case of Jonathan seemingly stretching his lead. Rounds nine as well as ten saw Maicelo coasting to a victory. He was just too fast and most importantly, too active for Hovhannisyan. The South American fighter tried to throw caution to the wind and cash in at the end of the ninth by way of a knockout, but that never materialized. By the end of the tenth and final round, Art was spitting blood and showed the signs of a thorough defeat.
The judges agreed and returned respective scores of 100-90 (Maicelo), 96-94 (Hovhannisyan) and 97-93 for Maicelo. Jonathan Maicelo (21(12)-1) scored the WBC Intercontinental Championship by way of a majority decision win over Art Hovhannisyan (17(9)-2-2).
July 11, 2014