By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Boxing returned to Tinseltown on Thursday night as the Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing Promotions presented Hollywood Fight Night VI from the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California. In the main event, unbeaten Russian welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev (21-0, 10 KOs) scored a third round KO over Rogelio Castaneda (26-19-3, 8KOs) of Sacramento, California.
Unbeaten local heavyweight Charles Martin (12-0, 10 KOs) of nearby Carson, California stayed unbeaten by halting Joey Dawejko (8-4-2, 3 KOs) in four rounds in the co-main event.
Russian Ponomarev was impressive in winning his U.S. debut. The bout began as Ponomarev boxed using his jab. The two appeared to clash heads as Castaneda began to bleed from a cut on his forehead. In round two, the blood from Castaneda appeared to embolden Ponomarev as he kept going forward with the jab following up with combinations. Continuing to use the jab, Ponomarev backed up Castaneda in round three as he worked with combinations on the inside. Castaneda did not come out for round four Official time was 3:00 of round three.
Martin and Joey Dawejko got off to a slow start as the two fighters measured each other with the jab in round one. The action picked up in round two as the southpaw Martin showed more aggression landing a straight left rocking Dawejko. Martin attacked Dawejko again in round three backing him to the ropes with the jab followed by straight lefts. Boxing patiently Martin worked with the jab in round four before a right hook dropped Dawejko. During Martin’s follow-up attack, the Dawejko corner threw in the towel prompting the referee to stop the bout at the end of round four.
In the opening bout from the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, heavyweight Thanasis Michaloudis (6-0, 6 KOs) of Florida knocked out Robert Dunton (9-10-1, 6 KOs) of Delaware in the opening round. A three punch combination by Michaloudis sent Dunton to the canvas as the referee stopped the bout at 2:22 of the opening round.
In a junior welterweight bout, Dimash Niyazov (4-0-1) and Joaquin Chavez (6-10-3, 2 KOs) of Commerce, California battled to a six round draw. In round one as Niyazov boxed behind the jab against the aggressive Chavez. In round two Chavez continued his aggression as Niyazov countered. Chavez began to back up Niyazov as he continued to box and counter. The fourth round saw Chavez cut off the ring chasing as Niyazov circled the ring. Chavez began to box but was the aggressor landing haymakers and closing the fifth round punching away. The sixth and final round saw Chavez on the attack backing up Niyazov to the ropes with haymakers. In the end the judges scored it 58-56 for Chavez, 58-56 for Niyazov, and 57-57.
In a junior lightweight bout, unbeaten Liverpool lad John “Johnny Boy” Quigley (10-0, 2KOs) made his United States debut with a unanimous four round decision over Dominic Coca (8-6, 2 KOs) of Watts, California. The slick southpaw Quigley came out in round one flashy picking his punches tagging Coca. Switching his stance in round two Quigley continued to be slick landing combinations, later in the round referee Lou Moret warned Quigley for a low blow. In round three Quigley went back to southpaw as he continued outwork Coca with combinations. In the fourth and final round Quigley continued to be flashy working with combinations as blood trickled from the nose of Coca who continued come forward. All three judges scored the bout 40-36.
Super bantamweight Erik Ruiz (10-1, 5 KOs) made quick work of Rigoberto Casillas (9-12-1, 7 KOs) in one round of a scheduled six rounder. Ruiz was relaxed as he boxed from the opening bell. A short right hand dropped Casillas as he got up but appeared staggered, Ruiz continued his attack dropping Casillas once again as referee Wayne Hedgepeth stopped the contest at 1:36 of the first round. Ruiz trains out of the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard and is trained by Robert Garcia, who was not in the corner Thursday night.
Ukrainian cruiserweight Vyacheslav Shabransky (6-0, 5 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a second round knockout over Rafael Valenzuela (8-2, 1 KO) of Sonora, Mexico in a scheduled six round bout. In round two Shabransky connected with a short right hand to the head of Valenzuela that dropped him as referee Lou Moret waved off the bout at 1:58.
Local favorite welterweight Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman was victorious, easily decisioning Stephen Conkin of Canada over four. Wohlman came out throwing combinations early in round one, a right hand by Wohlman staggered Conkin. In round two Wohlman worked from the inside as he landed cleanly on Conkin who mixed it up. Continuing to work on the inside Wohlman backed Conkin up to the ropes with a barrage of punches. In the final round Wohlman continued to outwork Conkin boxing well through four. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 as Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wholman improves to 6-1-1, 1 KO. Stephen Conkin falls to 4-7-1.
The night included a silent auction as all the proceeds benefited former local boxer Mike Carracela of Burbank, who fought and was victorious on the first Hollywood Fight Night card last year at the Florentine Gardens. Carracela who also worked as a demolition laborer was severely injured three months ago while demolishing the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, California and has been unable to work. Recording artist Yenn, performed during the intermission as she sang her hit song “I Don’t Need You to Love Me”.
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