Terrell Williams, Holly Lawson Grab Wins in Hollywood
By Francsico Salazar
Florentine Gardens, Hollywood, California - Prior to the six round main event bout between Terrell Williams and Lawrence Hughes, an approximate 15-minute delay occurred.
Hughes was apparently not wearing 10 ounce gloves as was his opponent Williams. After the delay was over and Hughes had the appropriate gloves on, Williams decided not to let the bout take that long.
Williams stopped Hughes in the first round before an announced sell out crowd at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, CA. The bout headlined a 10-bout "Hollywood Fight Night" card, presented by Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing.
Williams wastes little time taking the fight to the shorter Hughes. Williams rained down straight right hands to the head as Hughes attempted to land wild overhand rights.
A right hand staggered Hughes against the ropes. Once it looked as though the ropes would hold him up, referee Daniel Sandoval administered a standing eight-count.
As the fight resumed, Williams landed another hard right to the head. Hughes again backed up against the ropes, where he tried to cover up and throw and occasional punch. When Williams landed another right hand to the head, referee Sandoval saw enough, stopping the fight at 1:59.
Williams, from Los Angeles, goes to 7-0, 6 KOs. Hughes, from St. Louis, MO, drops to 4-5, 4 KOs.
- Welterweight world title holder Paul Malignaggi, unbeaten junior welterweight Mike Alvarado, cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode, lightweight Ray Beltran, light heavyweight contender Ismayl Sillakh, featherweight Salvador Sanchez, unbeaten welterweight Wale Omotoso, and former super bantamweight world champion Israel Vazquez took in the action from ringside.
- This was the second installment of the "Hollywood Fight Night" series. Look for another show before 2012 comes to a close.
- Ring announcer was Jim Fitzgerald.
Cruiserweight Vyacheslav Sabranskyy had a memorable professional debut, knocking out Brian McGlory with one punch in the first of a scheduled four round bout. The Ukrainian-born Sabranskyy landed a devastating counter right hand to the head of McGlory, dropping him onto his knees and face down to the canvas. Referee Daniel Sandoval immediately waved the count over at 1:49. McGlory (1-1) remained on the canvas and was carried out on a stretcher, but was alert and talking as he was wheeled out of the venue.
Welterweight Holly Lawson won a hard-fought, but unpopular six round split decision over Sarah Kuhn. After Kuhn won the first round, Lawson (5-2, 1 KO) landed the more effective punches during the middle rounds. Some rounds were close as Kuhn (5-3-1, 1 KO) was able to counter with occasional left hooks to the head and body. Kuhn mounted a rally in the final round, landing counter left hooks and straight rights to the head of Lawson. One judge scored the bout 58-56 for Kuhn, but the other two judges, including BoxingScene.com, scored the bout 58-56 in favor of Lawson. After the bout, most of those in attendance booed the decision
Welterweights Zachary Wohlman and Jesus Vallejo (3-7-1, 3 KOs) fought to a three round technical draw. Both fighters had their moments during the bout, but Wohlman (4-0-1, 1 KO) landed the more telling blows. Right before the end of the third round, both fighters accidentally clashed heads. Wohlman bore the worst of the head butt, as a large gash opened up on his forehead. A ringside physician recommended to referee Raul Caiz, Sr. to stop the bout. According to the rules of the California State Athletic Commission, since the bout did not enter into the fourth round, the bout was declared a technical draw.
Middleweight Louis Rose stopped Mike Alexander in the first of a scheduled four rounder. Rose (5-0, 1 KO) went right at Alexander, throwing and landing wide hooks and crosses. A left-right combination staggered Alexander (2-6-3) against the ropes. Rose pinned Alexander against the ropes, unloading hard shots until another right hand snapped Alexander's head back. Referee Zac Young immediately waved the fight over at 1:06, saving Alexander from further punishment.
Super bantamweight David Clark won a close and competitive four round unanimous decision over Shawn Nichol. The southpaw Nichol won a majority of the exchanges, consistently landed lead or counter straight left hands to the head while Clark (5-2, 4 KOs) countered with right hands to the head. Seconds before the end of the fourth, Nichol (6-11, 5 KOs) was dropped to a knee by a left-right combination to the head by Clark. Nichol was unhurt as he stood up and tried to drop Clark, but was unable to as the final bell sounded. All three judges, including BoxingScene.com, scored the bout 38-37 in favor of Clark.
Super bantamweight Erik Ruiz stopped Daniel Modad in the first of a scheduled four rounder bout. The southpaw Modad started well, landing some straight left hands to the head of Ruiz. However, Ruiz (6-0, 3 KOs) maintained his composure, countering Modad with right hands. Ruiz scored a knockdown with a right-left combination to the head. After Modad (6-8, 4 KOs) stood up, Ruiz would later drop him with an accumulation of punches to the head. Referee Raul Caiz, Sr. waved it off at 2:13 of the fourth. Ruiz is trained by Robert Garcia in Oxnard.
Super welterweight Javier Albonica stopped Willie Walton in the first round of a scheduled four. Albonica (4-1, 3 KOs) staggered the southpaw Walton with a right hand to the head, sending him back against the ropes. While Albonica tried to land hooks and crosses to finish him off, Walton (6-4, 2 KOs) attempted to counter. However, Albonica continued to rain punches down on Walton, prompting referee Zac Young to stop the bout at 1:06.
Welterweight Neil Arellano won a four round unanimous decision over Andre Ewell. Arellano (2-0) was able to win a majority of the exchanges with his aggression and not necessarily with his boxing pedigree. Arellano pressed forward, landing right hands to Ewell's head. Ewell (0-3) was able to, at times, counter with uppercuts and left hands, but it was not enough as all three judges score the bout 40-36 in favor of Arellano.
Welterweight Dinmukharmed Niyazov stopped Alonzo Loeza at the end of the first round of a scheduled four. Niyazov (2-0, 1 KO) repeatedly landed vicious hooks and crosses to the head of a game Loeza. After a right-left combination Loeza staggered into a corner, and then Loeza (2-7-1, 2 KOs) was dropped to the canvas with an accumulation of punches from Niyazov. Loeza stood up, but referee Zac Young stopped the bout at 2:51.