• By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos by Dulce

Alex Saucedo Decisions Clarence Booth


Boxing returned to the valley as welterweights Alex Saucedo of Oklahoma City and St Petersburg, Florida's Clarence Booth squared off Saturday night at the Sportsmen's Lodges in Studio City, California on the Top Rank Solo Boxeo on UniMas main event.

Saucedo worked at a distance in the opening round using the jab on the speedy Booth. Mixing it up inside Saucedo connected Booth solidly in round two. Booth connected Saucedo inside with an uppercut in round three. In round four Saucedo used combinations and followed with a left hook to Booth's body.

Halfway through in round five Saucedo continued to be effective inside connecring solidly on Booth. Keeping his distance in round six Saucedo boxed well connecting Booth with some good punches. Booth's nose was bleeding in round seven as him and Saucedo fought at close quarters. The eighth and final round Saucedo finished strong connecting with the left hook to the body as Booth pressed sensing the urgency the two exchanged at the final bell.

Judges scored the bout 79-73, 79-73, 78-74 as Alex Saucedo wins a unanimous decision and stays undefeated improving his record to 21-0, 14 KO's. Clarence Booth goes to 13-2, 7 KOs.

Opening up the telecast San Jose welterweight Andy Vences won a unanimous decision over Yardel Suarez of Sinaloa, Mexico in going eight rounds. Vences was the aggressor as he attacked the southpaw Suarez's body backing him in the first half of the fight. Working more patiently in the later rounds Vences was selective with his punches as he boxed the flashy Suarez in route to the the decision. All three judges scored the bout 80-72.

Andy Vences improves his record and stays undefeated at 15-0, 10 KO's. Yardely Suarez goes to 14-2, 8 KO's.

Lithuanian welterweight Egis Kavaliauskas stopped Prenice Brewer in two rounds of a scheduled eight rounder. A left hook to the body followed by a left to the head dropped Brewer as he got up but the Lithuanian continued to attack dropping Brewer a second time. Brewer was up again but Kavaliauskas's flurry did it as referee Jack Reiss stopped it at 1:24.

Egis Kavaliauskas improves to 12-0, 11 KO's. Prenice Brewer goes to 17-4-1.

Super featherweight Toka Khan Clary of Rhode Island by way of Liberia scored a six round stoppage over Gabino Cota of Sonora, Mexico. It was a high paced fight early on as the Mexican Cota chased the fast handed and slick Clary. However Clary's hand speed and power proved to be too much for Cota as a flurry of punches forced referee Raul Caiz Sr. to waive it at 43 seconds of round six.

Toka Khan Clary stays undefeated and goes to 18-0, 12 KO's Gabino Cota goes to 18-6-1, 16 KO's.

Other Bouts

Jessy Martinez of Woodland Hills won a four round unanimous decision over Jared Teer in a scheduled four round super welterweight bout. Martinez out worked Teer boxing well mixing it up with the jab and landing to the body. The two finished strong and in the end all three judges scored the bout 40-36.

Jessy Martinez improves his record to 3-0, 1 KO. Jared Teer goes to 2-5.

Santa Ana's Bryan Flores won a unanimous decision over Rudy Lozano in a scheduled four round super welterweight bout. Flores was dominant as all three judges scored the bout 40-36.

Bryan Flores improves to 3-0, 1KO. Rudy Lozano goes to 2-2-2.

Glendale's Vatch Martirosyan won a four round unanimous decision over Antonio Mayoga Wattell in a scheduled four rounder. A right hand by Martirosyan floored Wattell in round two. Watell however finished strong chasing Martirosyan in the final round but that was not enough as all three judges scored it 39-36.

Vatch Martirosyan, the younger brother of Vanes Martirosyan improves to 5-0, 2KO's. Antonio Mayoga goes to 1-2, 1KO.

Ukraine's Oleksandr Gvozdyk made quick work of Mike Snider of West Virgina stopping him in one round. An overhand by Gvozdyk sent Snider to the canvas in the opening round. Snider was down twice after that as a pair of left hooks to the body dropped Snider referee Raul Caiz Sr. stopped the fight at 2:58.

Oleksandr Gvozd improves and stays unbeaten as a prospect goes to 9-0, 7 KOs. Mike Snider goes to 9-3-3, 5 KOs.

In the opening bout from the Sportsmens Lodge in Studio City California. Kazakh super welterweight Madiyar Ashkeyev and Obafemi Bakare went the distance in a scheduled six rounder. In what was a competitive fight, Ashkeyev finished strong in the last two rounds landing big punches on Bakare. 59-55, 59-55, 58-56 as Ashkeyev wins a unanimous decision.

Madiyar Ashkeyev improves to 2-0, 1KO handing Obafemi Bakare his first loss goes to 3-1.

The event was promoted by Top Rank in association with Bash Boxing.

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