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Friday, September 21, 2012

Accidental Headbutt Stops Wohlman's Fight

Zachary Wohlman fought Jesus Vallejo last night hoping to maintain his perfect record. With the crowd at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California on his side, Wohlman looked poised to capture victory once again.

But a nasty clash of heads opened a gash on Wohlman's forehead. The doctor advised referee Raul Caiz Sr. to stop the fight. The California State Athletic Commission has some rather interesting rules regarding accidental headbutts, which came into play on this night. In most places in the United States, an accidental headbutt before four rounds are completed results in a No Decision. In California, if the fourth round starts, the judges decide the winner, scoring the partial round. Since this fight never reached the start of the fourth, it's considered a technical draw.

So, this headbutt and resulting technical draw needlessly sullies Wohlman's record a bit. It is now 4-0-1 with one KO. Vallejo is 3-7-1 with three KOs. Wolman was 148.6 pounds for this fight and Vallejo was 148.4.

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