By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Star Promotions / UBM
Lightweight Andrey Klimov was declared the winner when his opponent Eduardo Arcos was unable to continue after the fourth round in their scheduled 10 round bout at Las Trancas Hall in Maywood, CA.. Arcos, who took the fight on two day’s notice when Pipino Cuevas Jr. was unable to fight because of visa problems, started out aggressively in the first round. An accidental head butt opened a cut on Klimov’s hairline in the first round. Klimov (12-0, 7 KO’s) was able to get into a rhythm, countering as Arcos (16-6-1, 13 KO’s) pressed the fight. Right after the bell sounded to end the fourth round, Klimov landed a right cross that wobbled Arcos against the ropes. Arcos stumbled to his corner, blood dripping from a cut above his left ear. Arcos’ corner told referee David Denkin that their fighter was not fit to continue, alleging Klimov fouled Arcos after the bell sounded. Denkin told Arcos’ corner that if Arcos was unable to continue, Klimov would be declared the winner. Arcos remained on his stool, therefore Denkin declared Klimov the winner by technical knockout. With the victory, Klimov wins a regional title belt.
There was a delay of over an hour because of an EMT situation where EMTs apparently misled the commission and promoters to believe that they were paramedics. So the delay was out of promoter’s hands.
Super bantamweights Ivan Garcia and Emmanuel Machorro fought to a four round majority decision draw. Machorro (0-3-1) wobbled Garcia with a left hook to the head within the first 20 seconds of the first round. Garcia (0-1-1) was able to withstand the assault and regain his senses. Most of the fight was both fighters throwing and occasional landing with wild left hooks or crosses. However, Machorro looked as though he landed the more effective punches, right hands to the head of Garcia. One judge had Garcia winning by a score of 39-37, while the other two judges scored the bout 38-38. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-37 for Machorro.
Bantamweight Jessie Villanueva of Palmdale, CA was successful in his professional debut, stopping Ludwin Mondragon (0-5) in the third round of a scheduled four round bout. Villanueva consistently beat Mondragon to the punch, landing hard lead or counter right hands to the head. Mondragon had some success in the second with right hands of his own. However, Villanueva hurt Mondragon with a right hand in the third and had him out on his feet along the ropes with a left hook-right hand to the head. Referee David Denkin stepped in immediately and stopped the bout at 1:58.
The scheduled four round lightweight bout between Vage Saruhan and Ramon Flores was declared a technical draw after the second round. California State Athletic Commission supervising officer Sid Segovia halted the fight due to paramedics and an ambulance not being present on the premises. Only EMTs were present here at Las Trancas Hall, the venue of the Union Boxing card. In the fight, Saruhan (2-0-1, 1 KO) scored a knockdown with a lead left hand to the head, knocking Flores off-balanced. Flores used his glove to break his fall, but referee Tom Taylor correctly ruled it a knockdown. Flores (3-13-3, 3 KO’s) came out aggressively in the second round, but Saruhan was able to weather the storm, countering with left hooks and right hands to the head. Because of a 20-minute delay of waiting for paramedics, Segovia ruled the bout a technical draw after the second round, citing unfairness to both fighters in having to wait in their respective locker rooms for the action to resume.