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    By David A. Avila

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif.-Serhii “El Flaco” Bohachuk passed the Philly test in knocking out Tyrone Brunson to win the vacant WBC Continental Americas super welterweight title on Sunday.

    When it comes to middleweights or junior middleweights, Philadelphia fighters have long provided the litmus test and Bohachuk’s (16-0, 16 KOs) knockout win over Brunson (28-8-2, 25 KOs) at the Avalon Theater on the 360 Promotion card provided the necessary results before a sold out crowd.

    Brunson had previously fought a super welterweight world champion and had fought under the Tommy “Hit Man” Hearns promotional banner and was willing to show exactly what he’s learned in his career.

    Early on Brunson showed his experience and skills as he never allowed Bohachuk to zero in at a stationary target. Though Brunson never ran, he never stayed in one position for the Ukrainian fighter to draw a bead on.

    Bohachuk had breezed by previous opponents but Brunson was different. In the past the Philly fighter had fought current world champion Tony Harrison and had clashed with Brandon Adams a world title challenger. The experience showed in the early going as both fighters exchanged heavy blows.

    For the first time Bohachuk absorbed some wicked blows to the jaw and looked unfazed by the shock of the blows. By the third round the Ukrainian fighter began unloading speedy combinations including a three punch variety that stunned Brunson. A counter right cross put Brunson on his backside. He survived, beating the count.

    In the fourth round Brunson seemed to realize it was fight or die and unloaded his own six-punch barrage including a right to Bohachuk’s jaw that seemed to open his eyes. But the Ukrainian fighter found an opening on Brunson’s next barrage and fired a right cross and left hook that delivered Brunson to the floor. He beat the count again and was on unsteady legs when an exchange of punches led to a Bohachuk left hook and down went Brunson once more. Referee Tom Taylor waved the fight over at 2:50 of the fourth round giving Bohachuk the WBC Continental Americas title by knockout.

    “He was a real tough opponent. Good practice for me,” said Bohachuk after the fight. “I was ready for this fight.”

    Other Bouts

    Undefeated Adrian Montoya (11-0) showed off his skills with a determined win over local fighter Humberto Rubalcava (11-2) to win by unanimous decision after six rounds in a super bantamweight clash.

    Montoya, a native of Sonora, Mexico, kept the pressure on the taller Rubalcava with a steady jab and some strong rights to the body and head. Though neither fighter was ever hurt, each was aware of the other’s power and remained conservative with their attacks.

    After six rounds two judges saw it 60-54 and a third 58-56 all for Montoya.

    Rialto’s Adrian Corona (7-0) continues to beat opponents with science and this time it was the very strong Emmanuel Castro (2-7-1) in a six round super featherweight clash. Though he won every round according to the judges it wasn’t very easy.

    “I knew he was tough, I knew he was durable,” said Corona. “I knew he was going to come through the front door.”

    Corona kept firing rights and moving to the side. Despite the constant pressure from the underrated Castro, the undefeated fighter never resorted to holding, instead using angles and punches to move out of the firing zone.

    “I hurt my arm during camp, that’s why I used my right,” explained Corona.

    All three judges scored it 60-54 for Corona who trains in South El Monte with Ben Lira.

    L.A. fighter Christian Robles (4-0) defeated hard swinging Cesar Sustaita (3-6) of Juarez, Mexico by unanimous decision after four rounds in a flyweight contest. Robles worked every round to the body and head while Sustaita looked for the big home run punch that never came. All three judges scored it 40-36 for Robles.

    Undefeated Nathan Weston (6-0-2) survived a strong attack from Ghana’s Isaac Freeman (3-8-2) and after four rounds the super welterweight fight ended in a majority draw. Freeman started quickly with some strong rights early in the fight and kept the pressure on. But only one judge felt he won and the other two saw it even. The scores were 39-37 Freeman and 38-38 by the other two judges for a majority draw.

    “This is what I do,” said Freeman. “I train hard for every fight.”

    Arman Darchinyan knocked out Kendall Mayes-Taylor (0-2) with a barrage of blows at 26 seconds of the second round in a middleweight fight. It was Darchinyan’s pro debut.

    A cruiserweight fight saw Jamel Reynolds (2-7) floor Marco Deckmann (3-1) twice and win by unanimous decision after four rounds. Deckmann hurt Reynolds in the second round and looked to end the fight and ran into a big overhand right instead. He beat the count and the fight continued. In the fourth round Deckmann hurt Reynolds again and again Reynolds countered with an overhand right and floored the German native. He struggled to get to his feet but was able to continue with seconds left in the fight. He made the final bell but two judges scored it 38-36 and a third 38-37 all for Reynolds.

    In the last bout of the night, George Navarro (7-0-1) out-hustled Nestor Ramos (7-10-1) to win by unanimous decision after four bantamweight rounds. Navarro fights out of Los Angeles and had more than 200 fans that waited for him to showcase his boxing skills. All three judges scored it 40-36 for Navarro.

    Photo credit; Al Applerose

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