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War in Woodland Hills IV full report

Text: Francisco Salazar
Photos: Emilio Sanchez/Art of Boxing
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Cruiserweight Anatoliy Dudchenko was happy getting a victory late Friday night, whether the fight took six or eight rounds. Dudchenko won a methodical six round unanimous decision before a sold-out crowd of about 750 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. The bout headlined an eight-bout “Woodland Hills War IV” card, presented by Art of Boxing Promotions and Bash Boxing. Midway through the fight, the originally scheduled eight round bout was shortened to six by George Dodd, executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission. Insurance paid by Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing was good up to midnight and since the fight started prior to midnight and was estimated to end after 12:00, Dodd shortened it to six.

It was all Dudchenko as he was landed the harder and more effective punches of the two. Dudchenko worked behind a jab, followed by hooks to the body or repeated right hands to the head. Simms attempted to counter Dudchenko by throwing right hands, but was not as busy as the Ukrainian-born fighter. Dudchenko did get away with pushing Simms, or using his shoulder to create space, but referee Jose Cobian never took a point away.

All three judges scored the bout in favor of Dudchenko by scores of 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.

Dudchenko, from West Hollywood, CA by way of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, goes to 12-2, 8 KO’s. Simms, from Sacramento, CA, drops to 21-14-2, 13 KO’s.

In the co-feature bout off the evening, lightweights Gabriel Tolmajyan and Juan Suazo fought to a hard-fought unanimous decision draw.

Tolmajyan clearly won the first two rounds by beating Suazo to the punch from the outside. The southpaw used good ring generalship to almost land at will against Suazo.

Suazo had a better third round, getting on the inside and landing to the head and body of the Armenian-born fighter. In the process, Tolmajyan was cut over his left eye, although it was not conclusive how he was cut.

After the southpaw Tolmajyan looked like he controlled the action in the next two rounds, Suazo came on in the final round. Suazo pinned Tolmajyan against the ropes, ripping hard shots to the head and body. In the process, Tolmajyan was cut over his right eye by an accidental headbutt. Despite the cut, Tolmajyan fought back, trading shots with Suazo as the crowd cheered them on until the final bell.

All three judges scored the bout 57-57. scored the bout 58-56 in favor of Tolmajyan.

Tolmajyan, from Glendale, CA, goes to 10-1-1, 3 KO’s, while Suazo, from Tucson, AZ, goes to 7-4-3, 5 KO’s.

Centeno decisions Wright
Welterweight Hugo Centeno won a four round unanimous decision over Kelly Wright.

The taller Centeno boxed the center of the ring as the southpaw Wright attempted to get on the inside. At times, Centeno lunged forward to throw right hands, smothering himself as Wright attempted to counter with left hands that rarely landed.

Wright was crafty enough to know when to hold on, especially on the inside. However, as he tired in the final round and after repeated warnings by referee Thomas Taylor, Wright was deducted two points for holding in the fourth round. Centeno could have thrown more to the body to get Wright out of there, but was extended the distance for the second time in a row after winning his first six fights by first round knockout.

All three judges, including, scored the bout 40-34 in favor of Centeno.

Centeno, from Oxnard, CA, goes to 8-0, 6 KO’s. Wright, from St. Louis, MO, falls to 4-7.

Castaneda out punches Rojas
Super Bantamweight Ivan Castaneda won a four round unanimous decision over Gustavo Rojas, who was making his professional debut.

Castaneda took initiative during the four rounds, throwing and landing more than Rojas, who hails from Fresno. As the bout continued, Castaneda was able to increase his punch output as Rojas attempted to counter with one or two punches. In the fourth round, it looked as though Castaneda stunned Rojas a few times, but Rojas was able to weather the storm until the final bell sounded.

All three judges scored the bout in favor of Castaneda by scores of 39-37, 39-37, and 40-36. scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Castaneda.

Castaneda, from Woodland Hills, improves to 2-1, 1 KO.

Bertekmirov annihilates Broken Rope
Cruiserweight Medzhi Bertekmirov destroyed Joe Broken Rope in the first round of a scheduled four round bout.

Bertekmirov dropped Broken Rope with an overhand right to the head about halfway through the round. Broken Rope stood up, but later ate a vicious left hook that dropped him to his back. As he fell backwards, Broken Rope’s head bounced hard on the canvas, which was probably the reason why referee Jose Cobian waved the fight over at 1:56.

Bertekmirov, from Houston, TX by way of Makhachkala, Russia, improves to 5-0, 5 KO’s. Broken Rope, from Billings, MT, falls to 2-3.

Reyes outboxes Arvizu
Lightweight Andres Reyes won a four round majority decision over Edther Arvizu.

Arvizu would hurt Reyes momentarily in the second with a left hook to the body. However, Reyes was able to move in and out of Arvizu’s reach during a majority of the fight. Even as Arvizu would press the fight, occasional landing a right hand, Reyes would keep him at bay with a lead right or left hook to the head.

One judge scored the bout 38-38, while the other two judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Reyes. scored the bout 38-38.

Reyes, from East Los Angeles, CA, improves to 2-1-2. Arvizu, from nearby Canoga Park, drops to 0-2.

Khusnulgatin dominates Gopaul
Light Heavyweight Ilshat Khusnulgatin won a four round unanimous decision over Harry Gopaul.

Within the first 30 seconds after the start of the first round, Gopaul dropped Khusnulgatin with a right hand to the head. After that, it was all Khusnulgatin, as he landed the more telling blows the rest of the fight.

Khusnulgatin scored a knockdown in the third round, with a right-left combination to the head. Gopaul looked as though he was mentally defeated in the fourth as he attempted to land one big punch. Khusnulgatin was able to make Gopaul miss and just boxed until the final bell.

All three judges scored the bout in favor of Khusnulgatin, by scores of 39-36, 39-36, and 40-36. scored the bout 38-36 in favor of Khusnulgatin.

Khusnulgatin, from Samara, Russia, improves to 2-0. Gopaul, from Sacramento, CA, drops to 0-2.

Ruiz wins in pro debut
Featherweight Erik Ruiz of Oxnard was successful in his professional debut, stopping Shaun Solomon in the fourth and final round.

Ruiz, trained by Robert Garcia, landed an accumulation of punches to the head of a tiring Solomon, prompting referee Thomas Taylor to stop the bout at 1:54.

Solomon, from Moreno Valley, CA, drops to 1-4-1.

- World lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios, unbeaten lightweight Art Hovhannesyan, HBO ringside scorer Harold Lederman, former world titleholder Mike Anchondo, and flyweight Javier Gallo took in the action from ringside.

- As a member of our armed forces, Solomon will be deploying to Afghanistan in August. Keep him in your thoughts.

- Ring announcer was Jim Fitzgerald.

- Kurt Baker, an employee of the Warner Center Marriott, sang the national anthem, filling in as a replacement.

- A tag-team lucha libre match took place during an intermission in the boxing match.

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