He is the top spoiler in the game today, is Texan Brian Vera and he got another upset notch on his belt in the main event of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights," which unfolded at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Vera knocked down the ex junior middleweight titlist Sergiy Dzinziruk in round one, kept on staying in the ex champ's face, and trapped him in a corner in the tenth. Vera whaled away, and Dzinzi slid to the floor, done for the night. Ref Benjy Esteves asked him if he wanted to continue, and saw the look in his eyes. The end, quite possibly of Dzinzi's career, came at 1:50 of the tenth.
Vera has now added Dzinziruk to a list that includes Jaidon Codrington, Andy Lee, Sebastien Demers, and Sergio Mora, the roster of men favored to beat Mr Spoiler.
Dzinziruk came in at 36-1-1, and Vera was 21-6.
In the first, the lefty Dzinzi popped a quick jab and left hooks. A left to the body landed and Dzinzi was hit with a mandatory eight. He just tripped, actually. He went down for real off a right-left hook follow, with a minute left. He got nailed, caught in a corner, but managed to get to the second. Vera won the second, too, with effective aggression. His right hand, mostly arrow straight, landed several times cleanly. The Ukrainian-born Dzinzi didn't seem to be able to modify his strategy, to tame Vera's aggression and sharp right, in the third. The lefty made his lead work more for him in round four; would he kick into a higher gear in the second half of the fight? In round five, once again he wasn't as mobile as his corner wanted him to be. His reflexes may have dimmed lately, too, understandable, at age 36. His head movement was at times sluggish. The 31-year-old Texan Vera kept stalking, happy when Dzinzi moved to his right, into the right hand, as opposed to making him throw across his own body and reach. Vera maybe stole the seventh with a straight right late. Dzinzi looked near out of it, his face bloodied, early in the eighth. But he collected himself and he liked the cut on Vera's left eye. The eye quickly became swollen. Vera went down, but it was a slip, in the ninth. Dzinzi had some moments in that round, as Vera's steam lessened. In round ten, Dzinzi did some nice things coming underneath, and with his jab. He then went down, though, when trapped in a corner. He got up, and Beny Esteves waved it off.
Vera threw a right, which missed, after Dzinziruk slumped to the floor, on his haunches.
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