Kid Yamaka Wohlman Discusses The Technical Draw

By Ryan Maquiñana

After cruising to four victories to open his pro career, welterweight prospect Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman incurred a third-round technical draw after a clash of heads with Jesus Vallejo in Hollywood, Calif., last Thursday.

Wohlman discussed the disappointing end to the fight with as well as what’s next for the 147-pounder, who trains with Eric Brown and Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club. Tell us what happened that caused the fight to be halted after the third round?

Zachary Wohlman: I was up every round on the judges’ scorecard.  It happened at the end of the third round.  I’m a pure boxer, and I had him breathing out of his mouth and his nose.  My rhythm was nice, and I felt him get weaker.  He jumped in with his head and it happened.  I’m not blaming him.  I think it was an accident. What is the status of the cut?

Zachary Wohlman: I have a deep gash right down to the bone.  I got 32 stitches in my head right now, but I could care less about that right now.  I’m heartbroken with how the fight ended. Where would you like to go from here?  Would you want a rematch with Vallejo?

Zachary Wohlman: I was up every round.  I think I showed I’m a better fighter than him.  I want to continue growing.  I saw his look, adjusted to it, and now I want a new look.  I’m only I guess you can say a moral victory over Vallejo is not going to mean that much to me. I ’m a young fighter, and I’d rather continue to grow as a fighter. As far as growing in the ring, what positives did you glean from your performance and what did you learn?

Zachary Wohlman: I started this fight like I was already in the second round.  I got my rhythm quicker.  I still have a ton of work to do, but I’m getting more comfortable in real fights as I am in the gym.  Just because I can spar with Paulie Malignaggi at Wild Card doesn’t mean I can fight him under the lights right now.

Seeing the positives in it, I’m still undefeated.  It was a freak accident, and when you watch something like that from the outside, you don’t think it will happen to you, but it’s boxing.  I learned that with the blood streaming down my face, I wanted to still keep fighting.  I wanted them to clean it up right away so I can get back in there.  It’s good to know that I reacted that way, and now I’ll be a little more prepared next time around.

Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly boxing column for  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

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