By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Welterweight Arman Ovsepyan did not expect his scheduled six round bout against Alex Viramontes to end in the manner that it did. Neither did the fans in attendance, who braved the cold air in the outdoor venue. Ovsepyan scored a controversial third round stoppage before a disappointing large crowd at the Finish Line Sports Grill in Pomona, CA. The bout headlined a boxing/ Muay Thai card, presented by Ray Alcorta Boxing, in association with II Feathers Promotions and All World Promotions. The Armenian born Ovsepyan has been on a roll since losing his professional debut, a four round majority decision to Eberto Medina almost three years ago. He was coming off a four round unanimous decision over Francisco Rios Gil in December.
Prior to his bout against Ovsepyan, Viramontes had lost four out of five bouts. However, two of those losses were split decision losses to Jesus Rodriguez and Pavel Miranda, respectively.
Ovsepyan controlled the first two rounds of the fight. He countered effectively from the outside, keeping Viramontes at a distance. If he was not countering, Ovsepyan would land straight right hands to the body on the inside.
Viramontes wanted to stay in the pocket because that was where he would do his best. Viramontes pressed the action, hoping to beat Ovsepyan to the punch. Things started well in the third for Viramontes. He would beat Ovsepyan to the punch to the body or to the head.
Just when it looked like he would win the round, Ovsepyan landed a counter right hand to the temple that wobbled Viramontes backwards to the ropes. Ovsepyan followed up with combinations, some would land or be blocked. Viramontes looked as though he was getting his legs back, but was not throwing any punches. Referee Eddie Hernandez stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:27, prompting a cascade of boos from the crowd. Viramontes looked at Hernandez with disbelief, as he felt the bout should not have been stopped.
Ovsepyan, from Moscow, Russia, goes to 10-1, 8 KOs. Viramontes, from Riverside, CA, falls to 9-8, 3 KOs.
In the walkout bout of the evening, heavyweight Enrique Lobatos won a four round split decision over Andrae Carthron.
Carthron was dropped to the canvas from what looked like a short right hook to the body by the southpaw Lobatos. Undaunted, Carthron loaded up and at times, landed hard right hands to the head.
Carthron looked as though he was getting the upper hand, but Lobatos would effectively outbox him at times. During an exchange, Carthron landed right hand to the belt area of Lobatos, dropping him to the canvas. Referee David Denkin ruled the punch was low and deducted a point from Carthron. The punch was on the borderline and it could have been called either way.
Sensing that Lobatos was weak to the stomach, Carthron attacked the inviting midsection of his opponent. Lobatos would feel the punches to his stomach by Carthron, prompting to try and outbox him.
Carthron had a big fourth round; landing repeated hard right hands to the head. However, Carthron punched himself out, allowing Lobatos to sneak in a few punches until the final bell.
One judge had Carthron winning the bout 38-37, while the other two judges had Lobatos winning the bout 38-36. Fightnews.com also scored the bout 38-36 in favor of Lobatos.
Lobatos, from Lynwood, CA, goes to 3-2-1, 1 KO. Carthron, from Los Angeles, CA, drops to 4-7-2, 1 KO.
Yniguez gets nod over Castellanos
Featherweight Samuel Yniguez won a hard-fought four round unanimous decision over Ivan Castellanos.
Castellanos, who was making his professional debut and hailing from Santa Ana, CA, looked as the more effective fighter in the opening stanza. However, Yniguez began to consistently land counter right hands to the head of Castellanos from the second round on.
After a close third round where both fighters scored, Yniguez came on strong in the fourth round. He momentarily wobbled Castellanos with a counter left hook to the head, but was unable to effectively follow up. Yniguez controlled the round until the final bell sounded.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Yniguez, by scores of 39-37, 39-37, and 40-36.
Yniguez, from Oak Hills, CA, improves to 3-4-3.
Chacon unimpressive in decision victory
Super bantamweight Raymond Chacon (now 2-0) won a lackluster four round unanimous decision over Santiago Alonso.
The taller Chacon, from Carson, CA, controlled most of the fight, not necessarily on talent, but by being aggressive and pursuing Alonso around the ring. He rarely threw a jab and when he threw combinations, they rarely connected.
Alonso, who was making his professional debut and hails from Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, tried to get on the inside, but only threw overhand right hands that would mostly miss. His best round was the fourth where he would connect with those right hands, but few and far between.
All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Chacon.
– Junior welterweight Josesito Lopez, former world title holder Martin Castillo, super bantamweight Jonathan Arrellano, middleweight Rafael Lopez, and former welterweight contender Mark Suarez,
– One amateur boxing bout and three amateur Muay Thai bouts rounded out the card.
– Ring announcer was Hector Duarte