By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Ed Holmes’ All Star Boxing returned to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night for its popular “Battle of the Rising Stars” series, showcasing young Southern California talent. In the main event, super middleweight= Jose Hernandez (5-1-1, 3 KOs) of Antelope Valley, California won a unanimous decision over Canyon Country’s Jonathan Hayes (4-1-3) in a six round bout.
The two got down to business right away with Hayes using his distance throwing straight punches as Hernandez worked inside. Blood trickled from the nose of Hernandez in round two as the two boxed on the inside with Hayes working the body. Continuing to fight at close quarters in round three, Hayes came on strong at the end of the round. Hayes and Hernandez continued to fight on the inside in round four as the taller Hayes landed short punches on the agressive charging Hernandez. Hayes landed a stiff jab that rocked Hernandez head back in round five but Hernandez continued his aggression as Hayes boxed and kept his distance. The sixth and final round was all action as both sensed the urgency punching away and trading to the final bell. Judges scored the bout 60-54, 59-55, and 58-56 as Jose Hernandez gets the unanimous decision.
Boyle Heights lightweight Adam Munguilla (1-0) won his professional debut against Danny Ruiz (2-2) of Riverside. Munguilla came out swinging in round one swarming Ruiz as he countered and traded. The two exchanged to start off round two but it was Ruiz landing the more effective shots as Munguilla kept coming throughout the round, bring the crowd to their feet. In round three, Munguilla came out throwing left hooks and landing as Ruiz boxed popping the jab and trading with the wild swinging Munguilla. The fourth and final round saw Ruiz and Munguilla come at each other and trade away to the final bell. In the end the judges scored the bout 40-36, 39-37, 39-37 in favor of Munguilla.
In heavyweight action, the Bay Area’s Xavier Vigney (2-0, 1 KOs) defeated Helaman Holguin (1-3, 1 KO) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico in a four round bout. Vigney landed a clean right hand from a distance in the opening round that got Holguin’s attention. Working off the jab from a distanc,e Vigney followed up with the straight right. Stalking in round three Vignery continued to attack Holguin backing him to the ropes unloading a series of punches as Holguin went back to his corner bleeding from his nose. Holguin continued to bleed from his nose in round four as Vigney teed off landing the right hand solidly and referee Raul Caiz Jr looked in closely but Holguin managed to make it to the final bell. As the judges scored the bout 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37 for Vigney.
Making their professional debuts were Diego Garibay and Tavarus Teague in four round junior middleweight bout. The southpaw Garibay came out aggressive in the opening round as Teague jabbed and circled. Things began to heat up as they exchanged later in the round. A solid right hand by Teague sent Garibay to the canvas to start off round two, Garibay tried to get up but struggled as referee Dave Mendoza stop the fight at 29 seconds into the second round. Tavarus Teague wins his professional debut as he stands at 1-0, 1 KO. Garibay goes to 0-1.
Compton jr middleweight Reggie Verduzco (2-1, 2 KOs) stopped Brian True (1-1, 1 KO) of Los Angeles in the fourth round. The two exchanged left hooks in the opening seconds of the fight, later in the round True worked the jab as Verduzco closed in. In round two Verduzco began to dig to the body and smother True. Continuing to smother, Verduzco landed a solid right hand that rocked True. Soon after a huge overhand right landed for Verduzco but True continued to fight. Despite the bell ringing, both punched away after the bell bringing everyone to their feet. Referee Raul Caiz Jr deducted a point from both fighters. Sensing the urgency both men came out swinging away in the final round. Suddenly True turned his back, appearing to be thumbed in the eye and referee Raul Caiz Jr stopped the contest at 1:24 of the fourth round.
Russian heavyweight Alexy Zubov (2-0, 2 KOs) needed just 30 seconds to stop Anthony Mason (0-1) in the opening bout in a scheduled four rounder. A right hand staggered Mason as Zubov closed in, backing Mason to the ropes and landing a series of punches as referee Dave Mendoza stepped in to stop the fight.
All Star Boxing Promotions returns May 23 at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California as Cleotis Pendarvis will take on Vernon Paris.
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