This Time, Lujan Down in the Valley : Boxing: Hollis stops Salinas fighter in the fifth round of junior welterweight bout at the Warner Center.
Junior welterweight Danny Lujan of Salinas has made his mark on the Valley, but he wasn’t quite ready for Hollywood on Wednesday night.
Lujan suffered his first professional loss in six fights when he was stopped by Orlando (Hollywood) Hollis in the fifth round at the Warner Center Marriott.
Lujan earned notice more than a year ago by defeating local product Chuck Goossen at the Reseda Country Club.
And though Lujan’s toughness and energy was evident, Hollis was the stronger fighter this time and consistently did more damage with his punches. In the fifth and final round, he sent Lujan to the canvas with a punishing body blow.
“That body shot ended the fight,” Lujan said.
Effectively, it did. Lujan rose and continued to fight, but Hollis stunned Lujan with a flurry of unanswered punches and the fight was stopped 2:05 into the round.
It was the best fight of the evening’s card, promoted by Peter Broudy of Celebrity Boxing, and drew a crowd of about 1,000 people. The Grand Ballroom at the Marriott was filled to about 80% of capacity. Broudy began promoting fights there last year.
Hollis (3-0, two knockouts) is from Killeen, Tex.
Said Lujan: “Back to the training board.”
In the main event, Randy Smith won the California middleweight championship by stopping Abazz Abey in the fifth round.
Abey absorbed blow after blow and was wobbly from the opening round but wouldn’t fall.
But at 1:36 of the fifth, Smith (14-1-2, five knockouts) threw a right uppercut that caught Abey on the jaw and knocked him down. The referee immediately stopped the fight for Abey’s safety.
The co-main event, a lightweight bout between Hector Monjardin and former National American Boxing Federation champion Jesus Sarabia was scrapped because Monjardin was ill.
The only heavyweight fight of the night was between Cleveland (Big Cat) Woods and Larry Givens, both from Los Angeles.
The similarities end there. Woods entered the ring at a trim, muscular 225 pounds. Givens (280 pounds) played a rather portly mouse to Woods’ feline and was on the defensive the entire bout.
Woods (13-4) won a unanimous six-round decision. Givens’ official record dropped to 3-32, although he says it is 15-10. He said many of the losses were sustained by fighters using his name.
A bantamweight bout was stopped after one round when Ricardo Contreras received an accidental head butt from Alvaro Soto, opening a large gash above Contreras’ left eye. The fight was declared a technical draw.
In the opening fight, Juan West (2-2) won a unanimous decision over Mario Moreno (1-4) in a four-round welterweight bout.