Martyniouk, Becerra notch impressive victories
By John J. Raspanti at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (June 16, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Stan “The Man” Martyniouk
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: After a layoff of 19-months, Stan “The Man” Martyniouk (11-1, 2 KOs) made his return to the ring a successful one by stopping Dario Castillo (6-11-1) in four rounds at the Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento, California.

Martyniouk, 26, hadn’t fought since being upset by Khadaphi Proctor on the undercard of the Andre Ward-Allan Green Super Six showdown. With Ward’s trainer Virgil Hunter now in his corner, Martyniouk got off to a good start in the first round by peppering Castillo with jabs and an occasional right hand. Martyniouk moved his attack to Castillo’s body in rounds two and three, connecting consistently with left hooks. Castillo popped Martyniouk with a right hand that had no effect.

An accidental clash of heads opened up a cut above Castillo’s eye in round four. The referee called in the ringside doctor to inspect the cut. Castillo, feeling a sense of urgency pushed Martyniouk against the ropes. Martyniouk countered with another hook to the body. Castillo landed a right to Martyniouk’s chin at the bell.

After examining Castillo’s eye between rounds, the doctor advised the referee that the fight was over. The bout goes into the books as a fourth round techinical knockout. Martyniouk had won every round at the time of the stoppage.

“I was real nervous since I haven't been in the ring in a while,” said Martyniouk after the bout. “I felt like as the rounds went on I was getting stronger and I was breaking him down. Now I can't wait to get back in the ring.”

He hopes to return in August against an opponent to be determined.

Vacaville’s Max Becerra (6-0, 3 KOs) demolished Daniel Castillo (2-7-1) in two rounds in a junior welterweight contest. Becerra staggered Castillo in round one with a combination of sharp punches. In round two, a crisp left hook propelled his opponent into the ropes - prompting the referee to wave off the contest. The time of the stoppage was 1:19 of round two. Becerra, like Martyniouk had to shake off the ring rust.

“Yes, for my first time back I felt good,” said Becerra now trained by the Diaz brothers. “I was comfortable in the ring and I listened to my corner and got the knockout.”

Debuting super bantamweight John Abella overwhelmed gutsy Johnny Mancilla (1-1, 2) over four furious rounds. Abella’s quick hands and feet were too much for Mancilla.

All three judges had Abella winning every round.

Unbeaten Mike Guy stayed that way with a razor-thin split decision over Ruben Mendoza. Guy (4-0, 3 KOs) was the aggressor, but Mendoza (0-1-0) fought well in spurts. He out-boxed Guy in rounds two and three. Guy did well in the last stanza to capture the decision. Two judges scored the fight 39-37 for Guy, while the third had Mendoza winning by the same 39-37 score.

Heavyweight Rodney Hernandez (2-1, 1 KO) won by majority over Kourtney Boden (3-5, 3 KOs) in a heavyweight encounter. Hernandez’s heavier punches accounted for the victory.

The card was promoted by Uppercut Promotions

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