Taras Shelestyuk Sweeps the Scorecards Over Martin Angel Martinez Saturday Night from Orange, CA
ORANGE, Calif.: Unbeaten welterweight Taras Shelestyuk (17-0, 10 KOs) delivered a dominating performance from start to finish on Saturday night.
The former Olympic bronze medalist from the 2012 London games thoroughly outpointed Martin Angel Martinez (18-17-1, 11 KOs) through eight rounds in Thompson Boxing Promotions’ annual private show, “Night of Champions.”
Shelestyuk, a native of Ukraine who now lives and trains in Los Angeles, came off a roughly year-and-a-half layoff. The 33-year-old didn’t appear to have any ring rust, as he moved effortlessly across the ring and struck pay dirt in the fourth round.
He brushed back Martinez, who had previously logged action against former world title holder Mike Alvarado, with his right jab and followed up with the left hand to deposit the younger Martinez on the floor.
Shelestyuk cruised to the unanimous decision, sweeping the three scorecards (80-71). Shelestyuk is promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions.
In an early stoppage, Mexico’s Angel Ruiz (14-0, 10 KOs) eliminated fellow countryman Roberto Almazan (7-10, 2 KOs) in a first round knockout that occurred at the 1:56 mark.
Ruiz, who was fighting for the third time in the U.S., appeared to show promise in the limited minutes that he was afforded. His punching ability, while small in sample size, showed a tight technique.
Ruiz, a welterweight, landed a couple of hard shots across the temple of Alamzan, which was enough for referee Sharon Sands to call the fight for Ruiz.
In the “Night of Champions” show opener, featherweight Arnold Dinong (4-0, 1 KO) spoiled the pro debut of Miguel Angel Moreno (0-1) by earning a resounding unanimous decision, 40-36 all around.
“Night of Champions” originated from the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, Calif.
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Taras Shelestyuk drops Martin Angel Martinez in the fourth round
Martin Angel Martinez attempts to gather himself after the fourth round knockdown
Taras Shelestyuk, left, remains unbeaten at 17-0, 10 KOs
Taras Shelestyuk (17-0, 10 KOs) after his UD win on Saturday night from Orange, CA
Angel Ruiz, right, knocked out Roberto Almazan in the first round
Angel Ruiz, right, knocked out Roberto Almazan at the 1:56 mark of the first round
Angel Ruiz now sits at 14-0, 10 KOs
Arnold Dinong, left, swept the scorecards against Miguel Angel Moreno
Arnold Dinong lands right on the belt line against Miguel Angel Moreno
Arnold Dinong, right, improved to 4-0, 1 KO on Saturday night from Orange, CA
PHOTO CREDIT: CARLOS BAEZA / THOMPSON BOXING PROMOTIONS