By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In his most impressive performance of his young career, welterweight Zachary Wohlman won a one-sided, yet competitive four round decision over Jose Martell at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, CA. Wohlman worked behind the jab, countering Martell early in the fight with repeated counter left hooks to the head. Wohlman showed feints and angles that allowed him to land combinations to the head as well. Martell landed the occasional hook or cross, but it was not enough to offset Wohlman’s offense. Martell had his beat round in the third, when he was able to feint Wohlman with a jab, but came forward to land a few right hands. However, Wohlman was able to finish well, outlanding Martell in the final round. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Wohlman, 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37. Fightnews.com scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Wohlman.
“The plan was to feint and use angles to attack the head and body,” said Wohlman after the fight. “I wanted to go for the knockout when I hooked to the body, then the head. I wanted to stay conservative though because I’m new as a pro and I didn’t want to do anything risky towards the end of the fight.”
Wohlman, who trains at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, improves to 4-0, 1 KO. Martell, from Phoenix, AZ, drops to 2-3-1, 2 KOs.
Super welterweight Terrell Williams knocked out Cliff McPherson in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. After some combinations were exchanged in the round, Williams (5-0, 4 KOs) landed a left hook to the stomach of McPherson, who landed flat on his back. McPherson (2-10-1) laid on the canvas in agony from the punch as referee Tony Crebs counted him out at 1:44.
Welterweight Javier Albonica stopped Tatsuro Irie (0-4) after the second round of a scheduled four round bout. Albonica (3-1, 2 KOs) battered Irie during most of the shortened bout with combinations that almost closed Irie’s left eye. After the second round, on the advice of the ringside physician, referee Wayne Hedgepeth stopped the bout.
Super bantamweight Erik Ruiz won an unpopular four round majority decision over Raymond Chacon. Ruiz (5-0, 2 KOs) spent most of the bout pressing the fight. At times, he would land right hands or would not throw any punches at all. Chacon would counter to the head and body, especially if Ruiz missed badly while throwing right hands to the head. One judge, along with Fightnews.com, scored the bout 38-38, while the other two judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Ruiz, who trains out of the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard. Chacon, from Maywood, CA, falls to 4-3.
Cruiserweight Paul Parker won his professional debut, stopping Larry Ward in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. Parker landed a right cross that forced Ward to hold on. He fell to the canvas after Parker inadvertently pushed him down to the canvas. When the action resumed, Parker landed a wild right hand to the head, dropping Ward face first to the canvas. Referee Tony Crebs immediately stopped the bout at 1:03. Ward, from Sacramento, CA, drops to 1-3, 1 KO.
Welterweight Holly Lawson stopped Judy Garcia Tate in the second round of a scheduled four round bout. Garcia (3-2, 1 KO) had Lawson pinned against the ropes, but Lawson countered with hard right hands to the head in the first round. Garcia started well in the second but Lawson (3-2, 1 KO) backed off the ropes, created space, and landed hard right hands to the head. As Garcia’s head snapped back repeatedly courtesy of Lawson’s punches and she was unable to defend herself, referee Tony Crebs stopped the bout at 1:11.
Lightweights Oscar Diaz and Carlos Morales fought to a four round majority draw. The southpaw Diaz (3-1-1, 1 KO) started well, beating Morales to the punch in the opening round. Morales (0-1-1) would have the upper hand in the next two rounds, backing Diaz up against the ropes and landing left hooks or right crosses to the head. There were few exchanges in the fourth, but Diaz threw and landed more. One judge scored the bout 39-37 for Morales, but the other two judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 38-38. Diaz trains out of the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard.
Super welterweight Liam Vaughn made his United States debut a successful one, winning a four round unanimous decision over late sub Jiovanni Rubio. Vaughn (5-1) landed the more telling blows, but Rubio was able to land the occasional lead right hand. Both fighters had their moments in the second half of the fight, but the judges may have favored Vaughn’s punch output and the number of times he connected. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Vaughn, 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Vaughn, who now resides in Hollywood by way of Liverpool, England. Rubio, who now resides in South Central Los Angeles, drops to 7-15, 4 KOs.
Welterweight Mike Caracella won a sloppy, yet entertaining four round unanimous decision over Antonio Loeza. The southpaw Caracella (2-0) controlled the first two rounds by countering Loeza, who pressed the fight. However, Loeza (1-6-1, 1 KO) stunned Caracella with a wild right hand to the head in the third round. Loeza was not able to follow up as the bell sounded to end the third round. Caracella controlled the fourth round by being the busier and more aggressive. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Caracella.
– Cruiserweight contender Ola Afolabi, junior welterweight Cleotis Pendarvis, lightweight Javier Garcia and female champion Jennifer Barber caught the action from ringside.
– Thursday night was the first card to take place at the Florentine Gardens that was promoted by Art of Boxing Promotions and Bash Boxing. Both Kahren Harutyunyan and Steven Bash are beginning a new fight series at the iconic venue known as “Hollywood Fight Night.” No word yet on when their next fight card will take place at the Florentine Gardens.
– Ring announcer was Jim Fitzgerald.