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Hollywood Fight Night

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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

In his U.S. debut, South African welterweight Chris Van Heerden (21-1, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over former world title challenger Cosme Rivera (35-18-3, 24 KOs) on Thursday night at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California. The southpaw Van Heerden proved to be elusive as he countered the aggressive Rivera in the opening round. Van Heerden showed more aggressiveness in round two as he let his hands loose with combinations backing Rivera up. In round three Van Heerden began to cut off the ring as he began to land the straight left on the Mexican. There was no escape for Rivera as Van Heerden was stalking, connecting flush, cornering and backing him to the ropes. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the fight at the end of round four upon the advice from the physician. Rivera has now lost four straight.

In the co-main event Heavyweight Charles Martin continued his knockout streak as he scored a stoppage over Maurenzo Smith in a scheduled six round bout. A straight left by the southpaw Martin dropped Smith in the opening moments of the first round. Smith slipped shortly after he got up as Martin was on the attack hitting him while he was down, referee Jack Reiss warned Martin as he gave Smith time to recuperate. However in round three the straight left once again dropped Smith as he got up but fled from Martin’s attack surviving the round. Referee Jack Reiss waived the bout at the end of round upon the advice from the physician. With the win Charles Martin remains unbeaten and goes to 14-0, 12 KOs. Maurenzo Smith falls to 12-8-2, 9 KOs.

Other Bouts:

The first bout of the evening featured Minju Shin and Devo Donaldson making their professional debuts in a scheduled four round lightweight bout as they went the distance. A right hand by Shin dropped Donaldson in round four as he got up continuing to mix it up with Shin to the final bell. One judge scored the bout a landslide 40-35 but the knockdown proved to be the difference in the two other judge’s scorecards as they scored it 38-37 as Miju Shin wins a unanimous decision. Minju Shin wins his pro debut as he now has a record of 1-0. Devo Donaldson goes to 0-1.

Oxnard’s Erik Ruiz won a unanimous decision over Victor Capaceta of Tijuana, Mexico in a four round super bantamweight bout as they went the distance. Ruiz boxed patiently as he mixed it up the entire four rounds connecting flush on Capaceta who stood and exchanged with Ruiz. In the end all three judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Ruiz. Erick Ruiz who is trained by Robert Garcia improves his record to 11-1, 5 KOs. Capaceta falls to 2-6-2.

Former Contender Season 4 series participant cruiserweight Deon Elam of Van Nuys returned to the ring as he scored a second round knockout over Michael Glenn of Kansas. A crushing right hand by Elam dropped Glenn to the canvas as he got up making it out of the round. In round two however Elam began digging to the body that set up the right hand knocking down Glenn once again, Elam followed up with a barrage of punches scoring a third knockdown in the fight as referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight at 2:54 of round 2. Deon Elam returns with a victory as he improves to 13-1, 6 KOs. Michael Glenn falls to 3-8-2.

Local welterweight Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman returned to the gardens as he had his hands full in going the distance against Luis Hernandez of San Bernadino in a scheduled four round bout. Wohlman worked behind the jab sticking and moving circling the ring as Hernandez stalked. Yamaka was elusive catching Hernandez with counters as he rushed in and frustrated him. Hernandez’s pressure began to slow down Wohlman the second half of the fight as he connected with straight rights. Sensing the urgency the two punched it out to the final bell as the crowd was on its feet. One judge scored the bout even 38-38 overruled by the two other judges as they scored it 39-37 as Zachary Wohlman wins a majority decision. Wohlman improves his record to 7-1-1, 1 KO. Luis Hernandez falls to 2-6.

Light Heavyweight hard hitting Los Angeles based Ukrainian Vyacheslav Slava “Lionheart” Shabranskyy made his fifth Hollywood Fight Night appearance at the Gardens as he stopped Lamont Williams in a scheduled eight rounder. Shabransky dominated from the start as he dropped Williams with a right hand in round two, the Ukrainian continued his assault after Williams got up but as Williams survived the round. The right hand found its mark a second time in round five as Williams went down once again. However in round seven Williams was pushed to the canvas by Shabransky as referee Jack Reiss ruled it a slip. Williams got up but as Shabransky approached him Williams voluntarily went down as referee Jack Reiss had no choice but to stop it at 1:37 in a mysterious ending. Shabransky improves to 7-0, 6 KO’s as Lamont Williams goes to 5-4-1 with the loss.

In middleweight action Lynwood’s Louis Rose from nearby Lynwood and undefeated Fabian Reyes of Mexico, went the distance in a scheduled six round bout. Reyes attacked Rose in the opening round as Rose boxed and countered showboating along the way. The Mexican fighter continued his aggression most of the fight as Rose was flashy using his footwork, speed, combinations, on Reyes aggressiveness as he continued to showboat throughout the fight. Rose’s speed and boxing ability was able to neutralize Reyes’ attack as all three judges scored the bout 59-55 in favor of Rose. Louis Rose improves his mark to 9-1-1, 2KO as Fabian Reyes suffers his first pro loss goes to 10-1, 6 KOs.

Junior middleweight Urmat Ryskeldieu of Kyrgyzstan won a four round unanimous decision over Moises Alvizo of Guadalajara, Mexico in a scheduled six round bout. Ryeskeldieu was the busier as he was all over Alvizio swarming with punches from different angles, the Mexican however held his own trading away to the final bell. In the end Ryeskeldieu’s activity is what did it as two judges scored the bout a landslide 60-54 and one judge scored the bout 59-55. Urmat Ryskeldieu wins as he goes to 7-3-1, 5 KOs. Moses Alvizion drops to 3-6-1.

British super featherweight prospect Johnny Quigley of Liverpool, England was dominant in winning a unanimous decision over Alejandro Ochoa in a scheduled six round bout. The unorthodox Brit was flashy throughout the fight as he used his boxing skill to outclass the rugged and aggressive Ochoa. Quigley boxed the entire fight scoring with counter punches as Ochoa followed him aggressively throughout the ring. All three judges scored the bout 59-55. Johnny Quigley remains unbeaten as a prospect as he now stands at 11-0, 2 KOs. Alejandro Ochoa drops to 3-7-2.

In attendance at ringside was former middleweight world title challenge and WBC number one ranked middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio, lightweight Rey Beltran, trainer Robert Garcia, David Elliot from the TV show JAG, and boxing fan Legal Zoom founder/Attorney Robert Shapiro. The worlds shortest ring girl Elena Petite was also on hand as she did her rounds in the ring. Fans also got to watch local pop music group ZupaNova perform hits from there new album First Contact.

“Hollywood Fight Night 7″ was promoted by Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing.

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