This past Saturday at Brian Halquist Productions’ 89th “Battle at the Boat” at the Emerald Casino in Tacoma, Washington, welterweight contender, Vitaliy Demyanenko (22-0, 12 KOs), remained undefeated with a split decision win against Damian Frias (19 6-1, 10 KOs).
Although Demyanenko dropped Frais in the 7th round, one judge scored the bout in favor for Frais 96-93, while the other two scored it 97-92 and 95-94 for Vitaliy. With the victory, Demyanenko is seeking fights with some of the bigger names in the division.
“I’m ready to step up and challenge anyone in the top ten,” said Demyanenko. “I’m undefeated, I’m hungry and I have a great team behind me that’s making all the right moves. My promoter Boxing 360 is looking to get me in a big fight and I’ll be ready to go when he calls my name.”
“Demyanenko’s victory this weekend was another step in the right direction,” stated Steve Pochiro, Demyanenko’s manger. “Yagobi and I are looking to get him back in the ring by early next year. I’m confident Vitaliy has what it takes to become a world champion and 2013 will be the year we make our run.”
“Vitaliy clearly won this fight outright,” said Boxing 360’s Mario Yagobi who promotes Demyanenko. “I was shocked when one judge scored in favor of Frais as Demyanenko dropped him late in the fight. We got the win and now it’s time to move forward. Vitaliy has a bright future and we are going to seek some meaningful opponents in the upcoming months.”