Twice in the first round of his cruiserweight fight with Paul Parker, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy found himself on the canvas, a place he'd never been before in his professional career.
That, however, was all he needed to respond. Shabranskyy survived the knockdowns, gathered his wits and turned the tables shortly thereafter, responding with a flurry of punches that forced referee Gary Rosato stop the fight with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in the third round Tuesday night at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.
"I got back to the corner, and I didn't panic," said Shabranskyy, a Ukraine-born fighter who lives in Los Angeles. "He got me with the right. I just pulled myself together and went back and finished the job."
Shabranskyy improved his record to 14-0 with 12 knockouts. The loss was the first of Parker's career and dropped his record to 7-1.
In the six-round, light-heavyweight co-main event, D'Mitrius Ballard (10-0, 8 KOs) outpointed Josue Obando (13-6-1).
Philadelphia super lightweight Damon Allen improved to 7-0 with 2 KOs when Luis Rodriguez's corner would not let him continue in the fifth round.
Kevin Rivers Jr. of Palmer Park, Md., (12-0, 9 KOs) stopped Mexico's Luis Lizarraga (6-4-1, 2 KOs) in the third round of a super-featherweight bout. Philadelphia lightweight Victor Vasquez (19-9-1, 8 KOs) who had lost twice to Atlantic City's Osnel Charles before, earned a fourth-round stoppage of Charles (10-14-1).
Super featherweight Tyrone Luckey (6-4-2, 5 KOs) of Middletown, N.J., won a four-round unanimous decision over Philadelphia's Gang Yong Kim (4-2).