Ward-Abraham Undercard Results
By Ryan Maquiñana at ringside, MaxBoxing (May 15, 2011) Special to Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing)  

A rejuvenated Arreola dominated Aguilera, stopping him on his feet in the third round.  

Arreola, of Riverside, Calif., came to the scales in a svelte 234, easily his best form in recent memory. The question was whether the 30-year-old former title challenger’s newfound fitness would translate to a new “Nightmare” in the ring against Aguilera, 238, whose first round knockout of Oleg Maskaev two years ago has been tempered by losses in three of his last four bouts, including a lopsided decision loss to Antonio Tarver last October.

  The strength and power of Arreola was the story of this fight, as he just outmuscled Aguilera from the get-go. In the first, a one-two from Arreola did some damage and backed Aguilera into the ropes. This trend would repeat itself in the second, as Arreola continued to pressure Aguilera with a basic one-two to take the round going away. While Aguilera landed a few counter right hands, they were few and far between.

  In the third, Arreola dared Aguilera to match his output, letting his hands go at will and pushing his opponent on the ropes three separate times before an unimpeded barrage highlighted by a heavy right hand snapped Aguilera’s head back and caused referee Raul Caiz Jr. to wave the bout off.

  Official time was 1:58.

  Arreola’s win streak now runs to three, as he jumps to 31-2 (27). Aguilera, a 24-year-old Dominican who now lives in Newburgh, N.Y., falls to 16-6 (11).

Light Middleweights

  Molina, 148.25, the second of two Goossen Tutor 2008 Olympians on the card, remained unbeaten with a four-round unanimous decision over Figueroa, 148, who was coming off his first loss in four bouts last June.

  Although only 21 years of age, the native of nearby Norwalk displayed a plethora of skills, from double left hooks upstairs and to the body, lead left uppercuts, and counter left hooks, all of which landed from beginning to end.

  Figueroa had his moments when Molina covered up, touching up his foe with a left hook to the body and straight right hand. However, he telegraphed the majority of his punches and Molina scooted away to safety before unleashing his own attacks, most of which occurred on the ropes as the bout progressed.

  In the final round, Figueroa traded with Molina and matched the Olympian punch for punch but it would be insufficient to take the fight on the cards.

  Scores were 40-36 for Molina.

  Molina’s record grows to 6-0 (4), while Figueroa, of Hastings, Minn., descends to 3-2 (2).


  Villanueva, 117, was featured earlier this week on MaxBoxing and he lived up to his ink with a first-round stoppage of Gutierrez, 118.

  Oddly enough, all five of Villanueva’s bouts had ended in victory via second-round stoppage and this fight would be no different. Gutierrez, a southpaw who had recently been stopped by prospects Michael Ruiz and Manuel Avila, was cautious early on, constantly getting on the back foot after throwing his right jab. 

  However, Villanueva’s power was on display early, as he took a step back on his own and floored Gutierrez with a straight right off the counter. With seconds left in the first, Villanueva threw a left hook that detonated in a pinpoint fashion on Gutierrez’s chin that put him down and caused referee Ray Balewicz to end it at 2:56.

  Villanueva, of Palmdale, Calif., definitely impressed trainer Joe Goossen and new promoter Goossen Tutor with the performance.  The 23-year-old remains unbeaten at 6-0 (6).  Gutierrez, of Highland, Calif., plummets to 2-10-2 (1).

Super Middleweights

  Estrada, 174, another Goossen Tutor-promoted Beijing Olympian from East Los Angeles, handed Gardner, 166, a one-sided first-round knockout.

  The size and strength discrepancy was evident from the opening bell and Estrada went to work right away. After Gardner found his back touched the ropes, he moved to his right only to walk into an Estrada left hook. The time was 1:27.

  The 26-year-old Estrada kept his record unblemished, moving to 12-0 (11). Gardner, of Woonsocket, R.I., tumbles to 7-3 (1).


  Britsch, 168, made his American debut a memorable one with a fifth-round knockout of Raines, 167, of Paris, Ark., who sported a 1-3-1 ledger in his last five that included stoppages under two rounds to prospects David Lemieux, Ronald Hearns, and Erislandy Lara.

  From the outset, the 23-year-old Britsch employed a deliberate, boxing pace. Toward the end of the second, Ulli Wegner-trained German floored Raines with what seemed to be flurry completed by an overhand right, although Raines would complain to referee Ray Balewicz about a headbutt to no avail. Lightning struck twice for Britsch at the end of the third, as a left hook followed by two borderline rabbit punches with his right hand put Raines down, who got back up as the round concluded.

  Britsch poured it on in the fourth, slinging a variety of lefts and rights to the body. Raines tried to return fire with a right uppercut but failed to inflict any significant damage. Almost like clockwork, with seconds left, a Britsch left hook collided with Raines’s ribcage and seemed to put him down for good. To his credit, Raines got up again. 

  Raines showed a little fight in the fifth, refusing to back down. “D-Ray” came forward and starting utilizing head movement to get inside but it was not enough, as Britsch continued to break his foe’s body down, waiting for the perfect moment to land a short right hand that landed flush on Raines’s temple and sent him down one final time, prompting Balewicz to call the bout at 2:21.  

  Sauerland-promoted Britsch, of Bad Friedrichshall, Germany, rises to 23-0 (8); Raines plunges to 18-10-1 (13).

Light Middleweights

  Ovsepyan, 147.75, originally from the Armenian capital of Yerevan, pleased his contingent of compatriots with a first round knockout of Brambila, 149.5, of Guadalajara, Mex, who was mired in a five-fight losing streak.

  The 25-year-old Ovsepyan was fresh off a three-round dismantling of Alex Viramontes last month and had racked up seven knockouts in his last eight bouts. 

  This fight would be no different, as Ovsepyan landed at will in the earlygoing followed by a single screaming straight right hand moments later that landed at the point of Brambila’s chin. Upon impact, Brambila crashed to the canvas and struggled to get up, ultimately failing to get to his feet. Official time was 2:44.

  Ovsepyan, 11-1 (9), has now won 11 straight after dropping his debut three years ago. The opposite can be said for Brambila, now defeated in 11 of his last 12. He stands at 9-15 (4).

Light Welterweights

  In an entertaining opener where neither guy came in as an opponent, Barnett, 135, met fellow 140-pound prospect Klimov, 137.5, in a bout where the latter emerged victorious by third-round stoppage.

  Representing Washington, D.C., the 28-year-old Barnett was ending a ten-month layoff after upsetting Tyrese Hendrix last July. Klimov, also 28, was the reigning Russian lightweight champion from Klimovsk. He came into the bout undefeated.

  While Klimov’s corner urged him to go to the body, Barnett’s seconds implored him to throw his right hand after establishing the jab. Both fighters were able to score effectively throughout the fight with stinging body attacks and three-punch combinations upstairs. In the third, it seemed that Barnett finally began to get on his bicycle. 

  However, it was to his detriment as Klimov clipped Barnett with a series of punches punctuated by two right hands and a left hook that had Barnett reeling into the ropes and down to the canvas. Barnett rose to his feet but the referee had seen enough and called a halt to the bout at 1:12.
Klimov’s momentum continues as his record improves to 11-0 (6). Barnett loses his first pro bout, regressing to 18-2-1 (12)

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