HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.—-A packed crowd on Thursday saw both a boxing and mixed martial arts card at the historic Florentine Gardens in Hollywood.
The action began with Atlanta’s Gabriel Braxton facing New York City’s Juan Roman in a super bantamweight clash that could have easily been placed 3,000 miles away in the Eastern seaboard. Instead here they were in Hollywood, with Roman making his pro debut.
Roman seemed tentative at first as he gauged his distance against the taller Braxton in the opening stanza. In round two, things began to heat up. Roman began finding the range especially to the body and landing jabs to the head. Combinations began to flow freely from the New Yorker.
Braxton began to find the mark with his lead right in round three. Everything seemed to come together for the boxer from Atlanta but after the first minute, he began to tire. Roman rallied back with some combinations against the tiring Braxton.
In the final round Braxton started quickly again, but just like the previous round he tired after the first minute. Roman took over and began pressing with combinations until the final bell. Though both absorbed some big blows neither fighter was hurt. Roman was given the win by unanimous decision.
Stockton, California’s Percy Peterson stepped inside the boxing ring knowing he was fighting Japan’s Minju Shin, a lightweight training out of the Wild Card Boxing gym. After a careful first round that saw both boxers land blows, Peterson found the range for his crackling left hook that caught Shin perfectly and dropped him in the second round.
Peterson kept catching Shin with the left hook every time they exchanged punches. It was something that the Wild Card boxer just couldn’t remedy and cost him after four rounds. The judges gave the win to Peterson.
Alim Jumakhonov walked in very confident against debuting Davon Smith in a junior lightweight contest. It seemed from the opening bell that Jumakhonov was going to have an easy time with Smith, who seemed wild and inaccurate with his punches. Things changed after the first round.
Smith slipped into a counter-punching mode in the second round and was able to use Jumakhonov’s aggression against him. Still, though Smith began to land more punches, he never attacked. This gave Jumakhonov the advantage though he found it harder to land with any authority. He was leading the attacks while Smith laid back and countered. After four rounds the judges gave the split decision victory to Jumakhonov.
Riverside’s Bronson Casarez (5-1) used his pinpoint punching to victory over Russia’s Dmitry Gerasimov (3-3) after three rounds of a back and forth struggle between 140-pounders. Casarez, a southpaw, had the advantage whenever they exchanged blows. But Gerasimov was the stronger fighter inside and took advantage in the clinches. After three rounds Casarez was granted the win by split decision in a good matchup.
Matthew Spencer tapped out Gabriel Lopez in the first round with a rear naked choke.
Adel Al Tamimi stopped Christian Bizaretty by technical knockout in the first round.