The live finale is next week so this is the last regular episode of this seasons Contender. We have our two semifinal match ups as Troy faces off against AK in the first bout, while Hino squares off with Rico in the second.
Danza takes the final four fighters out on yacht trip to give them a chance to relax before the fights.
They sit around talking about the already eliminated fighters, a brief highlight package of each of this seasons participants is shown.
In the build up to the fight, Troy talks about struggling to secure fights in the past and the strain it has put on his family financially. AK says that after all that he has experienced growing up in Nigeria, he is not worried by any of the other fighters on the show.
Troy is my pick to win the whole thing. He has those good amateur credentials, and he has shown that he has the punch to go with them. I can’t see any of the other guys beating him.
John will corner AK, while Tommy corners Troy.
Troy Ross (19-1) Vs. Akinyemi “AK” Laleye (12-1)
AK does a decent job of neutralizing Troy’s reach advantage early, but he began to stretch with his punches in the second half of the round. This allowed Troy to pick him off. Close round, but i would lean towards Troy.
Troy started to pressure him in the second round, and outworked him on the inside. Good round for Troy.
They continue to battle it out on the inside, but this time AK is much more active. He got stronger as the round wore on, and Troy might be beginning to tire.
Troy boxed well at distance in the forth, but when AK closed him down and started to work the body, he showed signs of discomfort. These rounds all look close but Troy is probably just landing the cleaner shots.
Both fighters had their moments in the final round. AK showed huge heart and pressed the action the whole time, but he left himself open, and Troy caught him with a lot of big shots.
Winner: Troy Ross – Unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
AK feels that he let his emotions get the better of him. He planned to be elusive and box, but got drawn into a brawl with the bigger, stronger fighter.
Ehinomen â€œHinoâ€ Ehikhamenor (14-3) vs. Rico Hoye (22-2)
First round was very close. I think Rico did just enough to take it. His movement was better, and he was able to avoid most of what Hino was throwing. Tommy Brooks told Hino he scored the round even in the corner.
Rico was the more active fighter in the second round, but Hino landed the far better shots. Rico was rocked on a couple of occasions. Hino’s round. I have it one round a piece going into the third.
Hino starts to up his work rate, while Rico really begins to drop off. 2-1 Hino.
Rico just can’t get his shots off. A pretty sloppy round. I have Hino up 3-1 going into the final round.
Rico outworks him in the final round, but doesn’t land anything of real significance. It’s not enough in my opinion, Hino’s fight.
Winner: Ehinomen â€œHinoâ€ Ehikhamenor (50-45, 48-47 49-46)
We have our final
Troy Ross vs. Ehinomen â€œHinoâ€ Ehikhamenor