By Francisco Salazar
Studio City, California - Featherweight Toka Kahn Clary scored a fourth round knockout win over Orlando Rizo at the Sportsmen's Lodge.
In a battle between southpaws, Clary landed the more telling blows throughout the fight.
Clary set up a left cross that dropped Rizo to the canvas. Rizo struggled to get up as referee Raul Caiz, Sr. counted him out at 2:32.
Clary improves to 19-0 1 NC, 13 KOs. Rizo falls to 19-7, 11 KOs.
Southern California welterweight Arnold Barboza improved to 12-0, with 5 KOs, stopping John Nater in the second round. Barboza dropped Nater twice in the first round and finished Nater (15-8, 10 KOs) off at 49 seconds.
In the walkout bout of the evening, junior welterweight Abraham Lopez won a four round unanimous decision over Antonio Wattell (1-3, 1 KO). All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Lopez (3-1-1, 1 KO).
Light flyweight Carlos Licona won a six round unanimous decision over Cesar Sustaita. Licona (7-0, 2 KOs) was the more-accurate puncher, beating Sustaita to the punch during most of the exchanges. Sustaita (3-3, 3 KOs) did find success landing an occasional counter left hook or right cross, but fought defensively during most of the fight. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Licona.
Middleweight Esquiva Falcao stopped Paul Valenzuela in the fourth round. Falcao (14-0, 10 KOs), who won a Silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, had his hands full with Valenzuela during the first two rounds. But his pedigree began to show in the third round when he hurt Valenzuela with a left hand to the stomach.
Valenzuela (9-3-1, 6 KOs) dealt with a cut that opened over his right eye in the fourth round, courtesy of a punch from Esquiva. Moments later, a ringside physician examined the cut and deemed it too deep to continue, prompting the fight to be stopped at 1:31.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz scored a knockout win after the fourth round when his opponent Ray Austin did not answer the bell for round five. Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) dropped Austin with a right hand to the head with about a minute left in round one. Ruiz was able to get on the inside of Austin's long reach, landing repeatedly with combinations to the head and body.
Austin (29-7-4, 18 KOs) attempted to time Ruiz with right hands to the head, but rarely connected. After the fourth round, Austin's corner informed referee Raul Caiz, Sr. Austin was unable to continue.
Welterweight Bryan Flores (4-0, 1 KO) won a four round unanimous decision over Jose Mejia (4-0, 1 KO). All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Flores.
In the opening bout of the Top Rank card, junior middleweight Maxim Dadashev stopped Rashad Bogar (4-7-1, 2 KOs) at 34 seconds of the fourth round. Dadashev is trained by Robert Garcia.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing