Karmazin's win 'Made in Hell'
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
Roman Karmazin goes by the nickname of “Made in Hell.” How fitting was it, that he had to go through what seemed like hell in the ring against Dionisio Miranda to pull out a come-from-behind victory?
Karmazin was hurt and even knocked down in his 12-round eliminator bout against Miranda. Yet somehow he managed to withstand Miranda’s onslaught to return fire, twice dropping his foe in the 10th round to win a thrilling stoppage victory before a sold-out crowd of about 1,200 at the Civic Auditorium in Glendale, Calif.
With the victory, Karmazin earns a mandatory challenge against middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester.
The bout headlined a six-bout “Glendale Glory II” card, presented by Art of Boxing Promotions, in association with Bash Boxing.
The former junior middleweight champion Karmazin has made a successful transition into the middleweight division. He had won his last three bouts in a row prior to the Miranda fight. Karmazin won his last bout in May, stopping Luiz Augusto Dos Santos.
Miranda was fighting in his second middleweight eliminator within two years. Last February, he was knocked out by Giovanni Lorenzo in the second round for an opportunity to face Sebastian Sylvester. Miranda was hoping to pull off the upset over Karmazin, just as he did against Sebastian Demers in August of 2008, winning a 10 round split-decision.
The bout started close as both fighters had their moments in the first two rounds. Miranda landed the harder and effective punches as Karmazin threw more punches, going to the body of the taller Miranda.
Miranda struck gold in the third round when he landed an overhand right that wobbled Karmazin. Miranda wasn’t able to follow up and Karmazin was able to literally hold on in an attempt to recover from the punch.
Karmazin controlled the action in the next four rounds. Karmazin was busier and aggressively, assertively going to the body of Miranda. Amongst the punches he landed to the head, Karmazin opened up a cut over Miranda’s left eye, bleeding throughout the fight.
Momentum swung in Miranda’s favor in the eighth round as he was able to land stiff jabs to the head of Karmazin. Miranda finally began to throw and land more consistently left hooks to the head.
Miranda hurt Karmazin again, this time in the ninth round with the same overhand right to the head. Only this time, Karmazin dropped to the canvas and was still wobbly on his legs after getting up. Miranda did land more right hands, but they were glancing blows as he did not catch Karmazin again flush to the head. Through it all, Karmazin did enough to hold on and survive the round.
Just as Miranda looked to follow up in the 10th round the success he had in the previous round, Karmazin landed a left-right combination to the head, dropping Miranda. Getting up on wobbly legs, Miranda even fought back bravely. However, he was dropped again by a right hand to the head. Referee Dr. James Jen-Kin counted Miranda out at 2:37 of the round.
Entering the 10th round, two judges had the bout scored even at 85-85, while the third judge had Karmazin up 87-84. Fightnews.com had the bout scored even at 85-85.
Karmazin, from Los Angeles, CA by way of Kuznetsk, Ukraine, improves to 40-3-1, 26 KO’s. Miranda, from Miami, FL by way of Barranquilla, Colombia, falls to 20-5-1, 18 KO’s.
Fedosov stops Butler
In the co-feature bout of the evening, heavyweight prospect Andrey Fedosov stopped former world title challenger Lionel Butler in the second round of a scheduled eight round bout.
Fedosov entered his bout against Butler having stopped his last seven opponents in a row. It also marked his third consecutive fight in California with all of his previous bouts being contested in his native Russia or Europe.
Butler, having fought for over two decades, returned to the ring in September after a six year-plus layoff. In his comeback fight, he won a six round split-decision over then-unbeaten Fred Kassi.
Both fighters started out well in the opening round. Fedosov landed hard and effective right hands to the head with an occasional left to the body. Fighting behind a crab-like defense, with his arms across his chest, Butler was somewhat successful landing counter right hands to the head.
Fedosov picked up his aggressiveness in the second round. He found success through Butler’s defense with more right hands to the head. It was a right hand that dropped Butler on his back. After Butler got up, Fedosov went in for the kill, trying to find that one punch to hurt Butler. He found it with another right hand to the head, dropping Butler again on his back.
Butler tried to get up, but referee Dr. Lou Moret saw enough and stopped the bout at 2:37.
Fedosov, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, improves to 21-1, 17 KOs. Butler, from Perris, CA by way of Bogalusa, LA, falls to 32-15-1, 25 KOs.
Shibata returns with TKO
In the walkout bout of the evening, former world title challenger Jose “Shibata” Flores returned to the ring after a seven year hiatus, stopping Roberto Valenzuela after the second round of a scheduled six round bout.
Flores, who challenged world champion Fernando Vargas in September of 2001 and lost, had not fought since a 10 round decision loss to Verno Phillips in December of 2002. During that time, Flores became a recording artist.
From the opening bell, Flores backed up Valenzuela during the brief fight. Although Flores looked rusty, he was in control of the fight as Valenzuela posed no real threat to him. At times, it looked as though Flores could stop the bout at any time, but backed off of Valenzuela.
During the fight, Valenzuela suffered cuts above both eyes. After the second round ended, the ringside physician inspected Valenzuela’s cuts. The ringside physician recommended to Dr. Lou Moret to stop the bout, which he did.
Flores, from Los Angeles, C A by way of Navajoa, Sonora, Mexico, goes to 44-10, 26 KO’s. Valenzuela, from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, drops to 51-49-2, 42 KO’s.
Dudchenko decisions Atencio
Light Heavyweight Anatoliy Dudchenko dropped Isaak Atencio three times, but settled for a six round unanimous decision.
Dudchenko dropped Atencio once in the first, second, and fifth rounds. Dudchenko got away with the knockdown in the second round as he landed at least two punches to the back of Atencio’s head.
The action was slow as both fighters pawed jabs at one another. Eventually, Dudchenko would charge in at Atencio, where both fighters tied up and had to be separated.
All three judges scored the bout 60-51 in favor of Dudchenko. Fightnews.com scored the bout 59-52 in favor of Dudchenko.
Dudchenko, from Hollywood, CA by way of Cherson, Ukraine, goes to 8-2, 6 KO’s. Atencio, from Denver, CO, falls to 2-2-1, 2 KO’s.
In a battle of heavyweights making their professional debuts, Chris Davis knocked out Netzahyuaic Wilson in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. The taller and stronger Davis dropped the overmatched Wilson twice, the final time with a right hand to the head. Referee James Jen-Kin counted Wilson out at 2:58.
In a four-round super bantamweight bout, Artur Bernetsyan (1-0) won his pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Francisco Solis (0-2).
- Heavyweight contenders James Toney, Lamon Brewster, and Audley Harrison, Middleweight contender Sergio Mora, unbeaten Super Welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan, former world champions Wayne McCullough, Terry Norris, and Vince Phillips, former contender Francisco Bojado, female fighter Mia St. John, boxing manager Jackie Kallen, and actors Charles Dutton and Cedric the Entertainer, and singer Brian McKnight took in the action from ringside.
- This was the season debut of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas called the action from ringside.
- Ring announcer was Jimmy Lennon, Jr.
- Alejandra Leyva sang the national anthem.