By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Boxing returned to Hollywood Friday night as the Art of Boxing in association with Bash Boxing presented “Season’s Beatings,” its final card of 2012 at the Florentine Gardens. In the main event, local favorite and IBF/USBA junior welterweight champion Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (16-3-2, 6 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (43-8-1, 18 KOs). Mookie was relaxed jabbing away as Clark stalked in the opening round. Referee Wayne Hedgepath warned both fighters for hitting behind the head in round two, as the southpaw Pendarvis continued to box well sneaking in the straight left.
In round three Clark landed a low blow and received a warning, however Pendarvis landed straight left that sent Clark to the canvas. Clark quickly got up and appeared to complain about a thumb to the eye. Pendarvis’ straight left soon found its mark again sending Clark back to the canvas. Clark survived round three and continued to fight on in round four as Mookie continued to connect with the left. Pendarvis began to exchange with the tiring Clark in round five and Mookie began digging to the body with flurries late in the round prompting Clark to not come out for round six.
In the co-main event, former Oakland Raiders cornerback Tony Hirsch (14-5-2, 6 KOs) won a unanimous decision over previously undefeated middleweight Louis Rose (5-1, 1 KO). Hirsch landed the heavier and cleaner punches most of the fight as Rose boxed and stayed away from the experienced Hirsch. In the end the judges scored it 60-54, 59-55, and 58-56.
In the opening bout of the evening Dimash Niyazov (3-0, 2 KOs) knocked out Ralph Prescott (2-8, 2 KOs) in round one at 2:09 with a right hand in a junior welterweight bout.
Super Bantamweights David “Thunder” Clark (6-2, 4 KOs) outpointed Tijuana’s Daniel Modad (6-7, 4 KOs) in a four rounder. Clark dropped Modad in round four and won 39-36 on all cards.
In heavyweight action, Charles Martin (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped Terrence Perro (1-2, 1 KO) with a right hook sending him to the canvas as referee Wayne Hedgepath stop the contest at 41 seconds in round four.
Russian welterweight Alexander Filichkin (12-0, 4 KOs) landed a crushing right hand that stunned Jesus Vallejo (5-8-1, 5 KOs). Filichkin followed with a series of right hands as referee Eddie Hernandez stopped the contest at 2:03 in round three.
Heavyweight action continued as Jonathan “Beauty Salon” Hamm (4-0, 3 KOs) and Raymond Lopez (3-6, 1 KO) went the distance in a scheduled four rounder. Hamm boxed well using his distance jabbing away as Lopez was bloodied most of the fight but showed heart as all three judges had it identical 40-36 for Hamm.
In cruiserweight action Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (2-0, 2 KOs) knocked out Michael Glenn (2-5-2, 1 KO) at 1:15 of round two. Shabransky scored a pair of knockdowns with left hooks to the body in round one, but two right hand knockdowns did it for Glenn in round two.
Undefeated super middleweight Ukraine’s Marat Kulumbegov (9-0-1, 6 KOs) entertained the crowd with a fourth round knockout over Billy Bailey (12-16, 4 KOs). The Ukrainian mixed it up as he exchanged and boxed well, a stiff jab knocked down Bailey but he quickly got up but a crushing left hook send him to the canvas for the second time as the referee stopped the contest 47 seconds of round four.
In a scheduled four round junior welterweight bout, East LA’s Fabian “Lil Rocky” Ocegueda (7-0-1, 5KOs) and veteran Arturo Brambila (10-16-1, 4 KO) battled it out to a draw. Ocegueda survived a first round knockdown from an overhand right. Brambilla made Ocegueda come to fight as both exchanged throughout the fight with Ocegueda landing the heavier punches but that did not stop Brambilla. In the end two judges scored it split 39-38, 38-37, and one even 38-38.
Oxnard’s Erick Ruiz (7-0, 3 KOs) cruised to a unanimous decision over Dewayne Wisdom (2-78, 1 KO) as he boxed well and patiently. All three judges scored it a shutout 40-36. Ruiz is trained by Robert Garcia as he looks to climb up the ladder.
In attendance at the world famous Florentine Gardens Hollywood were WBA welterweight champion Paul Malignaggi, WBO middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, former world champion “Terrible” Terry Norris, and prospects Jr. middleweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno and featherweight Julian Ramirez, nephew of the late Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez. Ring announcer was the classy Jimmy Lennon Jr. Also taking place Friday night was a women’s special attraction grudge match part of a reality show series that will air on A&E network, Take it Outside as C.C. Perkinson and Veronica Wayne settled their differences.
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