First Round KO’s For Lizzaraga & Manuelian
By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo
The Battle of the Rising Stars by Ed Holmes All Star
Boxing Promotions provided boxing fans with an eight
fight card from the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA last
Fan favorite and hot prospect Raul Lizzaraga (9-0, 9
KO’s) destroyed Luis Alberto Vera (11-21-2, 1 KO)
knocking him down four times in the process. Referee
Raul Caiz Jr could not take any more of this spectacle.
He stopped the fight at 1:45 of the first round. It was
surprising that Vera’s glass jaw did not shatter.
As a result, Lizzaraga was rewarded with the American
Boxing Association Middleweight Championship. Touting a
strong fan base there is no doubt that they want to see
Lizzaraga step up in competition as he remains perfect
with 9 wins and 9 KO’s.
Up and coming Armand Manuelian (4-0, 4 KO’s) demolished
Kenny Williams (4-8-1 2 KO’s) dropping him twice with a
left hook and then finishing him off with a right hand
that sent Williams reeling into the canvas floor.
Referee Armendariz stopped the contest after Williams
third knockdown. Manuelian by knockout at 2:25 of the
Jesus Torres Beltran (6-2, 3 KO’s) outlasted Percy
Peterson (3-18-4, 1 KO) with a unanimous decision win
over 6 rounds.
Judges scorecards read 59-55, 60-54, and 60-54 all
Rock ‘em sock ‘em Super Flyweights Fernando Bahena
(4-0-1, 1 KO) and Carlos Torres (1-2-1 KO) provided the
fans with right and left combinations that snapped back
their opponents heads on numerous occasions.
The fight was close as judges’ scorecards indicate –
38-38, 39-37, 39-37 giving Bahena a majority decision
win as he remains undefeated in his budding career.
In the lone female fight of the evening Deseree Jamison
(2-0) never let her foot off the gas pedal as she
pressured Holly Lawson (5-3, 1 KO) the entire fight.
This phone booth fight saw Jamison pound Lawson with a
ton of body shots for which Lawson had no answer. Judges
had it 40-36, and 39-37 for Jamison while one judge had
it even at 38-38. Jamison remains undefeated garnering a
majority win decision.
In this lightweight match up William King (3-0-1)
outpointed Jeffrey Wells (0-4) for a unanimous win with
judges all in agreement 40-36.
Super Lightweight Alex (El Mago) Gonzalez (3-1, 3 KO’s)
made short work of Julian Galvan Rojas (0-2 knocking him
out at 1:31 of the second round with a left hook to the
“El Mago” displayed patience, cunning, and heavy hands
to win his third fight and third knockout.
In the opening bout of the evening two fighters making
their debut slugged it out to the delight of the fans.
Juan Carlos Hurtado (1-0) demonstrated solid skills
beating Jonathan Moskowitz (0-1) to the punch at every
turn. By the fourth round Moskowitz was bleeding from
both eyes the result of many left hooks and crisp right
hands from Hurtado. However, to Moskowitz credit, he
showed great heart as he never took a step backward.
Unfortunately, every step forward was met with a
plethora of punches from Hurtado. In the end Hurtado
walked away with a unanimous decision win with judges
scoring in his favor 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.