(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Bantamweight Gary Salazar (Fresno, Calif.) and lightweight Maliek Montgomery (Macon, Ga.) both dropped their quarterfinal contests at the 2012 Youth World Championships, eliminating them from the tournament. Salazar and Montgomery were the final two American boxers in contention in Yerevan, Armenia.
Salazar battled Russian Junior World Championships bronze medalist Magomedrashid Dzahabrailov in his quarterfinal contest. The two were deadlocked at four after the first round but Dzahabrailov grabbed the momentum in the second period. Salazar trailed by an 11-7 margin with one round remaining and he attempted to make a comeback in the final stanza, and although he managed to cut his deficit in half, he couldn’t claim the lead. Dzahabrailov went on to win a 16-14 final decision over Salazar, ending his Youth World Championships winning streak at three.
Montgomery suffered a wider loss in his bout with France’s Sofiane Oumiha in evening action. The French boxer took control in the first round Montgomery wasn’t able to climb back into the bout. He trailed by a 12-3 margin after one round and faced a 19-5 deficit with three minutes of action remaining. Oumiha took a 25-7 final victory over Montgomery, ending his run at a medal in Armenia.
The 2012 Youth World Championships were the final major tournament of the year for USA Boxing. Coaches Christopher Barela (Las Cruces, N.M.), Michael Montgomery (Macon, Ga.), and Gilberto Salazar (Fresno, Calif.) led the team into action in Armenia with Dr. Robin Goodfellow (Albion, Mich.) serving as the Team Leader and Team Physician.
123 lbs: Magomedrashid Dzahabrailov, RUS, dec. Gary Salazar, Fresno, Calif./USA, 16-14
132 lbs: Sofiane Oumiha, FRA, dec. Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga./USA, 25-7
Gary Salazar and Maliek Montgomery Earn Berths in the Quarterfinal Round at the 2012 Youth World Championships
Montgomery recorded the third straight first round stoppage victory for the United States on Sunday with a quick win over Croatia’s Luka Mazar in Yerevan, Armenia. Montgomery stopped Mazar at the 1:52 mark of the opening round in his second bout of the tournament and move on to Monday’s action. His first round victory was the third straight stoppage for the U.S. team with Sims taking an opening round knockout on a body shot and Salazar winning his second bout on first round stoppage as well. Yet his winning streak didn’t end over the weekend. He followed up the quick win with a decision over Japan’s Yuta Akiyama on Monday to earn a berth in quarterfinal round competition. Montgomery and Akiyama battled in a close first round with the American boxer taking a slim 6-5 lead after the first round. He doubled his lead in the second stanza to enter the final round with a 13-11 advantage and went on to win an 18-14 final decision. Montgomery will take on France’s Sofia Oumiha in quarterfinal competition on Tuesday.
Salazar continued the stoppage streak with a third round win over Iraq’s Kamar Aal-Ezirej in the first U.S. bout of Monday’s action. Once again, Salazar got off to a quick start in his bout in Yerevan and he was rewarded with an 8-2 advantage after one round. He moved out to a 14-4 lead after the second round and put an end to the contest at 1:05 mark in the final stanza, taking a third round stoppage win over Aal-Ezirej. Salazar’s third victory of the Youth World Championships moved on him to quarterfinal round action where he will face former Junior World Championships bronze medalist Magomedrashid Dzhabrailov of Russia.
Sims fell behind early in his match-up with Armenia’s Nikol Arutyunov in the final U.S. contest of Monday’s competition. Arutyunov held a 2-0 lead after the first round and blew the bout open in the second, taking a 9-2 advantage into the final stanza. Sims lost a 13-4 decision to Arutyunov, eliminating him from the 2012 Youth World Championships.
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Monday, December 3
123 lbs: Gary Salazar, Fresno, Calif./USA stopped Kamar Aal-Ezirej, IRQ, RSC-3
132 lbs: Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga./USA dec. Yuta Akiyama, JPN, 18-14
178 lbs: Nikol Arutyunov, ARM, dec. Anthony Sims, Jr., Ypsilanti, Mich./USA, 13-4
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Hollywood Fight Night Ends 2012 With “Season’s Beatings” December 21st Pendarvis vs. Clark Clash for USBA Light Welterweight Title in Main Event
Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing, Inc. and Pitbull Boxing Promotions will return to World Famous Hollywood, California for a special holiday boxing show on Friday, December 21, 2012. HOLLYWOOD FIGHT NIGHT: Season’s Beatings will be the 3rd show at the Legendary Florentine Gardens in Hollywood in just five months.
In the 12 round Main Event, Pitbull Boxing’s Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (15-3-2, 5 KOs) will defend his USBA Light Welterweight Title against mandatory challenger, Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (43-7-1, 18 KOs). Pendarvis, the much lauded local prospect who has been a regular sparring partner for future Hall of Famers Manny Pacquaio, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, and Ricky Hatton, stepped out of the shadows in his last bout by capturing the USBA Light Welterweight Championship against Robert Frenkel (31-12-1, 6 KOs). Clark, a veteran of the Contender TV show and former World Title challenger, earned the right to become mandatory challenger for Pendarvis’ USBA title with an upset of previously undefeated Jake Giuriceo (16-0-1) in his last bout.
Two well-matched 6 round bouts highlight the HOLLYWOOD FIGHT NIGHT: Season’s Beatings undercard as undefeated Russian/Ukrainian super middleweight import Marat Kulumbegov (8-0-1, 5KOs) takes on tough-as-nails veteran Billy Bailey (12-15, 4KOs) and Robert Garcia trained prospect Erik Ruiz (6-0, 3 KOs) faces perennial southpaw spoiler Shawn “Bones” Nichol (7-12, 5 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout. Ruiz and Nichol have been on a collision course with both pugilists appearing on previous Art of Boxing/Bash Boxing shows in the past. Nichol legitimized his desire to give Ruiz his first loss with an upset of previously undefeated Ricardo Contreras (9-0-1) in his last bout.
HOLLYWOOD FIGHT NIGHT: Season’s Beatings will also feature the returns of Welterweight knockout specialist Terrell “Tyger” Williams (8-0, 7KOs), former World Series of Boxing Cruiserweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (1-0. 1 KO), Wildcard Boxing Club’s David “Thunder” Clark (5-2, 4KOs), and Paulie Malignaggi protégé, Dinmukhamed “Dimash” Niyazov (2-0, 1KO). Finally, making his much anticipated Hollywood Fight Night debut will be undefeated East L.A. Light Welterweight Fabian “Lil Rocky” Ocegueda (7-0, 5KOs).
Tickets to HOLLYWOOD FIGHT NIGHT: Season’s Beatings can be purchased online by going to www.HollywoodFightNight.com or by calling (626) 388-8888. HOLLYWOOD FIGHT NIGHT: Season’s Beatings takes place on Friday, December 21, 2012 at the Florentine Gardens, located at 5955 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, California.
Tickets start at $35. Doors Open at 7:00pm, First Bout at 7:15pm sharp. All bouts are subject to change. 18 years and over, strictly enforced.