Hugo Centeno "The Boss" In Shutout Over David Lopez

By Jake Donovan
Hugo “The Boss” Centeno remained unbeaten after taking a six-round unanimous decision over David Lopez in the main event Thursday evening at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

Scores were 60-54 across the board in a battle of southpaws that served as the 2011 season finale for Golden Boy Promotions’ Fight Night Club series.

Centeno controlled what little action there was to offer in the first couple of rounds. Lopez is known as a stiff test and a tougher fighter than his upside down record suggests, but is also traditionally a slow starter. The journeyman’s lack of aggression allowed the 6’1” Centeno to pick his shots and largely dominate on potshotting from the outside.

Things changed in the third, when Lopez began to charge forward and apply pressure. Centeno was still winning rounds, but forced to fight going backwards for the first time in the fight. The unbeaten local favorite handled the pressure well, steadily firing back and never allowing Lopez to seize control.

Whatever momentum surfaced in the round quickly dissolved in a fourth round that was all one way in favor of the house favorite. Centeno forced Lopez around the ring with crisp combination punching, with next to nothing coming back in return.

Lopez’ corner made sure to address the lack of activity while chewing out their fighter in between rounds. The tongue lashing took, as Lopez picked up the pace considerably in the fifth round, catching Centeno’s attention on several occasions. It was enough to keep the unbeaten Centeno honest, even if not necessarily enough to win the round.

It also served as a confidence booster for Lopez heading into the final round. The Idaho native – dressed in Boise St. gear prior to the bout – threw with mean intentions early in the sixth, but Centeno did a superb job of scoring from the outside while witching between southpaw and orthodox.

Centeno picks up his sixth win of 2011 as he improves overall to 11-0 (6KO). If there’s a dark cloud amidst the shine on his career, it’s that his past five bouts have all went the distance. 

It was to be expected Thursday night, as Lopez is a proven tough out. He falls to 3-7-3, with all 13 career bouts going to the scorecards. All of his losses have come against unbeaten opposition. 


Camera-friendly Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman enjoyed a successful pro debut with a lopsided unanimous decision over Ricardo Malfavon (1-7-1, 1KO). Scores were 40-35 across the board. Wohlman (1-0, 0KO), who is trained by Freddie Roach and also doubles as a fashion model, scored a knockdown early in the fourth round to seal the deal.

Six weeks after making his pro debut in this very venue, Santiago Guevera picks up his second win in the venue with a second round knockout over Salvador Cifuentes. Guevera (2-0, 1KO) has an easier go of things this time around. The local newcomer floored Cifuentes (1-3-1, 0KO) in the first round courtesy of a body attack, and then turned up the heat early in the second, forcing Wayne Hedgepeth to intervene. The official time was 1:35 of the second round.  

The televised opener saw 17-year old Luis Mora (2-0, 1KO) escape with a four-round majority decision over 19-year old Cameron Kreal (0-1-1, 1KO). Scores were 39-37 (twice) for Mora and 38-38.

Off camera, Daquan Arnett won his pro debut with a four-round decision over local journeyman Cleven Ishe (3-4, 1KO). Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 Arnett (1-0, 0KO) and 38-38 even.

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