MULVANE, KANSAS – Forestville native Mykal Fox suffered his first loss as a professional boxer. Shojahon Ergashev won a unanimous decision at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas on Feb. 15 to improve his record to 17-0.
The judges scored it 96-94 and 98-92 twice for Ergashev; The fight was the main event on Showtime’s ShoBox: The Next Generation. It was Fox’s first fight on national television.
Fox, 23, showed good movement throughout the 10-round fight. He had a good jab but was never able to keep Ergashev from coming forward. Several ringside observers thought Fox controlled most of the middle rounds and won the fight. The 98-92 score surprised most people that saw the fight, even Fox.
“The 98-92 surprised me,” Fox said. “I don’t think the judges gave my boxing skills enough weight in their scoring. They gave him credit for being the aggressor.”
Fox (19-1) controlled the middle rounds by moving effectively and shooting his jab at Ergashev. Ergashev was aggressive, but Fox ducked and slipped many of his punches. When Fox ducked Ergasev’s looping left hand, Ergashev would press down on the back of Fox’s neck. He was warned several times by referee Bill Clancy.
“I would rather the ref take a point than to warn him continuously. If he was not going to take a point, then don’t keep warning him,” said Fox. “My neck is still sore.”
On a dead sprint, Ergashev charged toward Fox in the first round, trying to get him out of there in the first minute of the fight.
“We knew that was his style and he caught me to the body in that round,” Fox recalled. “Then I settled down to my plan.”
Fox’s movement was hampered by fighting in one of the smallest rings in recent memory. “I cannot use that as an excuse. I knew the ring size before the fight.”
When asked about his first loss in 20 fights, Fox said that he has to go back to the drawing board.
“I am not upset at all,” Fox said.
That was Fox’s toughest opponent to date. He got hit harder in this fight than all previous fights. In the seventh round, Ergashev caught Fox with a right hook from his southpaw stance and staggered him.
“It was a clean blow, but I was not hurt, just a little off balance. The body shot in the first round was his hardest blow.” Fox will have to show that he can bounce back, even if he thought he won a close fight.