Ronald Ellis and Junior Younan Fight to a Draw on Shobox
February 2, 2018
Anthony Saldana (42 articles)

Ronald Ellis and Junior Younan Fight to a Draw on Shobox

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Friday night Showtime, ShoBox: The New Generation returned with a triple headed from Sloan, Iowa, headlined by two undefeated super middleweights, Ronald Ellis and Junior Younan fighting for the vacant USBA belt. Ellis (14-0-2, 10 KO’s) and Younan (13-0-1, 9 KO’s) provided fans in attendance and those that tuned in to Showtime a very entertaining back and forth battle. From the opening bell both fighters shot out the gate with bad intentions. Younan showed excellent hand speed as Ellis cut off the ring and showed his power to his opponent in a very hard to score but great 1st round. The early and middle rounds showed that Younan had a big lack of consistency in his boxing and threw lots of wild punches in effort to try to stay in the pocket and bang with Ellis. Ellis however looked flat footed but used heavy punches and good combinations to neutralize the attack of Younan. In the later rounds Younan began looking for the one punch knockout as Ellis began using better defense and effective aggressiveness to win some of those important rounds, but in the 8th that one punch Younan was looking for landed as both fighters began to slug it out as if it were a scene to a Hollywood boxing movie. After ten action packed rounds of boxing the judges scored the fight; 96-94 Ellis, 96-94 Younan,  and 95-95 to give the fighters a split draw.

In a exciting lightweight co-main event Thomas Mattice (11-0, 9 KO’s) went toe to toe with Rolando Chinea (15-1-1, 6 KO’s). Chinea who has won five straight since a 2015 loss took the fight to the undefeated Mattice. Chinea landed hard body shots and vicious uppercuts early and often as he kept Mattice against the ropes. Chinea fought a rough old school style fight and cut the ring off perfectly as Mattice tried to box, but the focused Chinea never strayed from his game plan which was pressure pressure pressure. It was early in the 5th round when Mattice found a comfort zone in the middle of the ring landing a big overhand right followed by a three punch combination that stunned Chinea for the first time in the bout. Mattice slowly began fighting his fight and controlling the distance as the tide was turning. Then in a surprise turn of events in the 7th round Mattice landed a hard right hook on the chin of Chinea before teeing off with 20 landed unanswered punches. The final shot from Mattice dropped Chinea forcing the referee to step in and call a halt to the bout at the 1:36 mark of the round. After the bout it was revealed that all three of the judges had Chinea up by four points on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage.

The television opener showcased and 8 round bout, in the junior welterweight division as Montana Love (9-0, 4 KO’s) from Cleveland, Ohio battled Philadelphia’s Sam Teah (12-2-1, 5 KO’s). In a very one sided fight Love showed excellent speed and precise punching as his ring generalship and over all skills dominated this matchup. Love who took the fight on only four days notice, looked to be the fresher, tougher fighter in the ring. Love used great defense slipped, punches and according to ShoStats, Teah only landed one punch in 5th round. But surprisingly after 8 rounds of boxing one of the judges scored the fight 76-76, as the other two judges scored the fight 78-74 giving Love the majority decision victory and keeping his undefeated record intact.

All photos by Amanda Westcott for Showtime



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