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Gurgen “Big Gug” Hovhannisyan Scores Easy Win

The decisive moment came in the second round when Hovhannisyan landed a vicious right uppercut that sent Luis Pascual crashing to the canvas.


Orlando, FL, USA (June 1, 2024) - At the Caribe Royale, boxing fans witnessed a brief showcase of power and potential as undefeated prospect Gurgen Hovhannisyan (6-0, 6 KOs) delivered a devastating second-round stoppage against Luis Pascual (19-11, 17 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round bout. While the fight itself may not have been a high-profile event, it served as a testament to Hovhannisyan’s growing prowess in the heavyweight division.

Luis Pascual was a human punching bag against Gurgen Hovhannisyan - Photo Credits: @damongonzalez_

From the opening bell, it was evident that Hovhannisyan, affectionately known as the "Big Gug," was in complete control. Despite Pascual's experience and toughness, he was clearly overmatched. Hovhannisyan’s superior speed, power, and technique were on full display, making it apparent why he is considered one of the most promising young heavyweights.

The decisive moment came in the second round when Hovhannisyan landed a vicious right uppercut that sent Pascual crashing to the canvas. The force and precision of the punch left Pascual's corner with no choice but to throw in the towel, deciding not to let their fighter come out for the third round. It was a wise decision, given the one-sided nature of the bout and the dangerous power Hovhannisyan exhibited.

This fight was intended as a stay-busy bout for Hovhannisyan, who, despite his undeniable talent, has not been as active as one would expect for a young prospect. His association with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), currently navigating some transitional issues, might explain his sporadic fight schedule. Nonetheless, Hovhannisyan has faced and defeated opponents of a far higher caliber than Pascual, underscoring his readiness for more significant challenges.

Interestingly, Hovhannisyan was once scheduled to face former IBF titleholder Charles Martin, a bout that would have solidified his standing among the top prospects. Even after just five professional fights, he was considered a top 50 heavyweight, highlighting his rapid rise and potential. The Armenian powerhouse is indeed a sleeper in the next generation, and his performance in Orlando only reinforced that notion.

Hovhannisyan’s path forward is clear: he needs to fight more frequently and a step up the competition. While he doesn’t need to face a former world champion just yet, he does need opponents who can push him and continue his development. If he remains active and continues to improve, there’s no doubt that Hovhannisyan will soon be a significant force in the division and a future contender.

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