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Williams stops Hughes in 1:55

By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

In the scheduled six round main event of the evening, Terrell Williams (7-0, 6KO) wasted little time in laying the hurt on outgunned challenger, Lawrence Hughes (4-5, 3KO), and stopped him at 1:51 of the very first round. Following a lengthy 15 minute delay to the start of the bout due to Hughes wearing 10 ounce gloves and Williams wearing 8 ounce gloves, Hughes was required to change into 8 ounce gloves while in the ring. When action did finally begin, Terrell Williams acted like he had things to do and people to see and wanted to close the show in a hurry to conclude a marathon like 10 bout card. Williams relied on speed and precision punching to first knock down Hughes and then trap him on the ropes to prompt the referee to stop the bout.

Either out of necessity or laziness, Holly Lawson (5-2-1, 1KO), en route to a split decision victory, fought most of the semi main event, a scheduled six round women’s welterweight bout, against Sara Kuhn (5-3-1, 1KO) with her back on the ropes. Kuhn was not able to take advantage and the two fought at close quarters for the entire bout in a sloppy bout. The most eventful part of the bout was between rounds as two sharply dressed dwarf men substituted for the ring card girls and carried the ring cards around to the amusement of the crowd. Lawson managed to huff and puff her way through the fight while Kuhn seemed to sleepwalk her way through the fight. A fight finally broke out, somewhat, in only the sixth and final round but neither fighter appeared seriously hurt in any of the exchanges. Judges Jonathon Davis and Marty Denkin scored the bout in favor Lawson 58-56 with the dissenting judge, Pat Connelly, seeing it 58-56 in favor of Kuhn. FightNews agreed with the majority decisision and also scored the bout 58-56 in favor of Lawson.

In a special attraction that was responsible for drawing many of the fans in attendance to the show, Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman (4-0-1, 1KO) kept his undefeated record intact by way of a Technical Draw after a headbutt at the end of the third round brought and abrupt end to a competitively fought scheduled four round bout against Montana imported tomato can, Jesus Vallejo (3-8, 3KO). Wohlman actually had all he could handle in Vallejo who was coming on as the bout progressed but the two clashed heads at the end of round three that opened a big gash in the middle of Wohlman’s forehead. Vallejo, the loser of his previous seven bouts, five of them by knockout, left the ring a winner in spirit to the disappointment of the multitude of Wohlman fans in attendance.

In other preliminary action, a scheduled four round middleweight contest, Louis “The Unknown” Rose (5-0, 1KO) made himself a little more known after walking through the unwilling Mike Alexander (2-6) who hardly threw a punch. Slow to the trigger referee, Zack Young, was finally convinced to stop the bout after Rose dropped Alexander after about 30 consecutive punches thrown without any punches in return from Alexander. Time of the stoppage was 1:06 of the first round.

David “Thunder” Clark (5-2, 4KO) eked out a close win over the very determined southpaw, Shawn Nichol (6-11, 5KO) by way of unanimous decision victory in a four round bantamweight bout. The two fought evenly through the first 11.5 minutes of their four round (12 minute) bout. That was until Clark dropped Nichol to a knee with a glancing blow that didn’t seem to hurt Clark but ended up costing him the fight. All three judges scored the bout 38-37 in favor of Clark.

In a brutal and abrupt ending to a scheduled four round cruiserweight contest, Vyacheslav Shabransky (1-0, 1KO) violently knocked out Brian McGlory (1-1) with a vicious single right cross to the temple that dropped McGlory hard in a neutral corner. Although, Shahbransky was having success with his harder punches and McGlory seemed outgunned from the beginning, few likely expected the bout to end in such dramatic fashion. McGlory was unconscious and seemingly convulsing for a scary couple of minutes as he received medical attention in the ring before finally regaining consciousness and being carried out of the ring on a stretcher. Time of the stoppage was 1:49 of the first round as Shabransky, originally out of Ukraine and now fighting out of Carson, CA, begins his pro career with quite the exclamation point.

In a scheduled four round junior featherweight bout, Erik Ruiz (6-0, 3KO) was much too sharp for the usually more durable Daniel Modad (6-7, 4KO). Ruiz landed his speedy combinations at will before dropping Modad in middle of round one with looping right followed by left hook. Modad rose to beat the count only to then be pummeled further by Ruiz who finished him off Modad with a solid left hook to drop him again. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. did not bother with a count and correctly waived off the bout at 2:13 of the first round. The Robert Garcia trained Ruiz keeps his record perfect while Modad drops below .500 after having won four of his previous five bouts.

Javier Albonica (4-1, 3KO) was too much and showed no mercy to Willie Walton (4-5, 3KO) as he battered him against the ropes until finally the dazed and confused referee, Zack Young, saved Walton from further punishment. At least three knockdowns could have been called in the opening minute of the scheduled four round welterweight bout before the official stoppage as Walton was only being held up by the ropes following punches that would have otherwise floored him. Time of the stoppage was 1:06 of the first round. Fortunately, Walton was able to walk off on his own power despite the excess punishment he took.

Neil Arrellano (2-0) and Andre Ewell (0-3) mostly fought at close quarters for all four rounds of their scheduled four round welterweight contest. Arrellano was able to land the more damaging punches on his southpaw opponent to ensure that each fighter kept their “O.” Unfortunately, in Ewell’s case, it meant that he stayed winless in his pro career while Arrellano managed to stay unbeaten despite a less than impressive display. All three ringside judges scored the bout 40-36 all in favor of Arrellano.

It was an impressive night of boxing in an actual Hollywood night club complete with go go dancers, dwarves, a capacity crowd and 10 professional fights, including six ending in first round knockouts. Co-promoters for the event were Bash Boxing and Art of Boxing, ring announcer was Jim Fitzgerald and a sold out crowd was in attendance at the venue, Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, CA.

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