By Francisco Salazar
It may be an awkward and unconventional style, but it sure effective for Charles Martin. So effective that he remains unbeaten as a professional.
Martin stopped Dieuly Aristilde in the first round of a scheduled six round bout at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA.
The bout headlines a "Battle of the Rising Stars" card, presented by All Star Boxing Promotions.
The southpaw Martin may throw wide punches and may lead himself open to be hit. His opponents thus far have had a difficult time attempting to figure out his style.
Aristilde pressed the fight, trying to get on the inside of Martin's guard and connect to the body. Martin kept him on the outside, where Aristilde was enticed to throw, but missed wildly with wild crosses that missed.
During an exchange, Martin landed a counter left hook to the head. Aristilde almost lost his balance, grabbing onto one of Martin's legs. As the two were separated, Aristilde almost fell down across the ring, but managed to stay upright.
Sensing he was hurt, Martin went in for the kill, trying to land another punch to drop his opponent. Instead, Aristilde tried to hold on and was not attempting to fight. Referee Raul Caiz, Sr. saw enough, stepping in to stop the bout at 2:27.
Martin, from Carson, CA by way of St. Louis, MO, goes to 11-0-1, 9 KOs. The Haitian-born Aristilde, from Palm Beach, FL, drops to 9-7, 2 KOs.
- Former world champions "Sugar" Ray Leonard and James Toney, 1984 Gold Medalist Paul Gonzales, super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias, former cruiserweight contender Henry Tillman, and prospect Darrell Williams watched the action from ringside.
- Friday's bout was Martin's eighth in 2013.
- The main event ended around 10PM local time, the earliest a card has ended at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello in recent memory.
- Ring announcer was Jim Fitzgerald.
Super middleweight Reggie Verduzco made his professional debut a memorable one as he stopped Matt Jacobs in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. Both fighters had their moments in the first half of the round, whether they landed a hook or cross. After Jacobs (1-1, 1 KO) attempted to land a right, Verduzco threw and landed a counter left hook to the head. Jacobs fell down against the ropes and onto the canvas, but got up at the count of four. Jacobs was on wobbly legs, prompting referee Jerry Cantu to stop the bout at 2:07.
Super welterweights Brian Gordon and Jamal Harris fought to a four round split decision draw. Gordon (4-3-1, 4 KOs) was busier from the beginning of the fight, landing lead or counter right hands to the head of Harris. At times, Gordon was able to back Harris against the ropes, using his jab to set up combinations to the head. As the bout progressed, Harris (6-5-4, 3 KOs) was able to connect right uppercuts or straight right hands to the head. His best round was in the fourth, when he landed more at will. Gordon began to tire as well, dropping his punch output and unable to keep Harris away from him. One judge scored the bout 39-37 for Gordon, one judge scored the bout 39-37 for Harris, while the third judge scored the bout 38-38. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 39-37 for Gordon.
Lightweight Vahe Saruhanyan won a four round unanimous decision over Alejandro Ochoa. Sauhanyan (6-0 1NC, 2 KOs) repeatedly beat Ochoa to the punch throughout most of the fight. Ochoa (3-6-2, 1 KO) tried to press the action, but was unable to cut off the ring. Saruhanyan was able to counter Ochoa with right hands to the head. All three judges, including Boxingscene.com, scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Saruhanyan.
Super middleweight Jose Hernandez (3-0-1, 2 KOs) stopped Velvet Malone after the end of the second round of a scheduled four round bout. The southpaw Malone (0-7) started well, but Hernandez pressed the action, throwing and landing punches. Although Hernandez was slow and predictable with his punches, Malone was not able to withstand the onslaught. After the end of the second round, the ringside physician recommended to referee Raul Caiz, Sr. to stop the fight. Malone protested the stoppage, but would have received the same punishment had the fight continued.
In his professional debut, light heavyweight Ronald Mixon stopped Marvin Campos in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. The southpaw Mixon dropped the shorter Campos with an overhand left to the head. Campos got up and tried to fight back. Moments later, Mixon landed a left hand-right counter to the head, dropping Campos flat onto his back. Referee Jerry Cantu immediately waved the fight over at 1:23.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Knockout Nation, and Ring Magazine. He could be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter at FSalazarBoxing