By Francisco Salazar
Someone should tell welterweight Terrell Williams that it is okay for him to go rounds instead of going for the knockout.
Then again, if it is broke, why fix it?
Williams stopped another opponent, this time it was Luis Alfredo Lugo. Williams stopped him in the first round of a scheduled six round bout at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, CA.
The bout headlined a six-bout "Hollywood Fight Night" card, presented by Art of Boxing Promotions and Bash Boxing.
After winning his professional debut by unanimous decision in November of 2008, Williams has run a streak of knockouts since then. Although they have been against very limited opposition, he does have trainer Shadeed Saluki in his corner.
Lugo had won his last two of his last three fights and was supposed to give Williams some sort of test, but he became a notch on Williams' record.
After a competitive first minute or so, Williams landed a wide, counter left hook to the head of Lugo, sending him sprawling down intoning canvas. To his credit, Lugo got up at the count of eight and fought back bravely.
However, moments later, Williams had Lugo against the ropes, unleashing a barrage of punches that dropped Lugo to a knee. Referee Dr. Lou Moret saw enough and waves the fight over at 1:56.
Williams, from Los Angeles, CA, goes to 10-0, 9 KOs. Lugo, from Richmond, CA, falls to 13-18-1, 5 KOs.
- IBF world title belt holder Evgeny Gradovich, junior welterweight Steve Forbes, junior welterweight contender Cleotis "Mookie" Pendarvis, junior middleweight Hugo Centeno, former heavyweight Henry Tillman, unbeaten light heavyweight Tony Jeffries, and welterweight prospect Zachary Wohlman took in the action from ringside.
- Two mixed martial arts bouts role place on the card.
- Ring announcer was Jim Fitzgerald.
Super bantamweight Khabir Suleymanov won a somewhat disputed six round split decision over Raymond Chacon. Suleymanov spent most of the fight aggressively pressing the action. When he was able to get within punching range, Suleymanov (14-3, 6 KOs) would throw wild hooks and crosses. At times, he would land, but the southpaw Chacon was very effective at counter right hooks to the head. Chacon (4-6) was even able to score with lead right hooks to the head as well. He was the more effective fighter in the final round, but two of three judges thought Suleymanov did enough to win 58-56. The other judge and Boxingscene.com scored the bout 58-56 for Chacon.
Junior middleweight Liam Vaughan won a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over Antron Pearson. While Pearson was the more athletic of the two, Vaughan (7-1, 2 KOs) was busier, landing repeatedly with at times slapping right hands to the head. Pearson (2-4, 1 KO) began timing and landed right uppercuts or counter right crosses to the head in the middle rounds. Both fighters had their moments in the final round, landing counter hooks and crosses to the head. However, Vaughan's punches had more impact than those of Pearson's. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Vaughan, 59-55, 59-55, and 60-54. Boxingscene.com also scored the bout 59-55 in favor of Vaughan.
Ukrainian-born cruiserweight Vyacheslav Shabransky stopped overmatched Emmanuel Wright in the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout. After an even first round, Shabransky (8-2-1, 5 KOs) began to impose his will on Wright, landing hard right crosses to the head and body. Wright's (5-2, 5 KOs) punch output dropped significantly, as he attempted to cover up while Shabrasky came on aggressively with each passing minute. As Wright kept getting battered arous the ring, the only question during the bout was when referee Dr. Lou Moret would stop the fight. After a Shabransky barrage backed up Wright against the ropes, Moret saw enough and stopped the bout at 2:18.
Heavyweight Charles Martin stopped Philip Triantafillo in the second round of a schedules four round bout. The action was sloppy at times as taller and bigger Martin (6-0, 6 KOs) attempted to land sweeping left crosses to the head. Despite having a height disadvantage, Triantafillo tried to counter to the head of Martin. In the second, Martin dropped Triantafillo to a knee with a right uppercut, left cross to the head. Triantafillo (2-2) got up and tried to fight back, but was dropped a second time by a right hook, followed by a left hand to the head. Referee Dr. Lou Moret stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:44
In the opening bout of the Art of Boxing/ Bash Boxing card, super bantamweight Erik Ruiz of Oxnard, CA won an action-filled six round split decision over Oscar Venegas. Ruiz (8-0, 4 KOs) landed the more telling blows, especially with lead right hands to the head of Venegas. However, Venegas was able to land straight counter right hands to the head of Ruiz. As Ruiz's punch output dropped in the final two rounds, Venegas (3-2, 2 KOs) pressed the action, landing on the inside. However Venegas dug himself too big of a hole as one judge scored the bout 58-56 in his favor, while the other two judges scored the bout 59-55 and 58-56 for Ruiz, who is trained by Robert Garcia.