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PBC on ESPN's Herring-Shafikov and Szymanski-Campfort: A Tale Of Two Fights

Jamel Herring was supposed to provide the fireworks in ESPN’s 4th of July weekend PBC exclusive. Instead, Denis Shafikov stole the show with his aggressive brawling style.

All Herring had to do was to stay away from Shafikov’s power shots and use his length to box from the outside. He had some success in the opening round but in the closing moments of the second round, Shafikov nailed Herring with a powerful right hand shot that left the former US Olympic Boxing team captain staggering in the ropes. Referee Gary Rosado called it a knockdown and Herring never recovered.

It was obvious that power prevailed over boxing in this fight. Herring was probably more skilled than Shafikov but he didn’t have the punching power to swing the tide:

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Herring threw more punches, specifically jabs but it was Shafikov who landed more, mostly power shot that kept Herring guessing all night. Shafikov also worked the body better and was the more accurate puncher. By the 10th, Herring’s corner had seen enough. They threw in the towel to spare the former US marine from further damage.

The Throwdown Scoring Mobile App Prediction data had Herring a slight fan favorite but majority of those who picked Shafikov to win correctly picked a late stoppage:

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Earlier in the night, the co-featured middleweight bout told a different story between a boxer and puncher. Polish prospect Patryk Szymanski utilized his full height and reach advantage over former title challenger Wilky Campfort to coast to a rather easy UD win.

Unlike Herring, Szymanski was able to keep himself at an arm’s length away from Campfort and fight at a distance. He too didn’t have the KO power to finish Campfort whom he staggered in the second round. But Szymanski was able to keep his foe at bay with a very consistent jab:

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Szymanski quadrupled Campfort’s jab output and threw over a hundred more total punches. Campfort meanwhile was swinging for the fences by throwing more power punches. He kept himself in the fight with digging hooks to the body in the middle rounds

but Szymanski overcame the challenge with better boxing and walked away with a UD win to keep his unbeaten record.

The PBC on ESPN 4th of July weekend showcase was covered by the Throwdown Scoring Mobile App. Fight Predictions, Live Fight Scoring and Live punch stats were on hand at the App on Saturday night. For our next scheduled bouts, download the Throwdown Scoring Mobile app using the links below:

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