‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ results: Ali Akhmedov wipes out Jorge Escalante
Making his West Coast debut, Ali Akhmedov, a light heavyweight prospect from Kazakhstan, gave a sample size of his fighting style and talent, in his fourth round stoppage win over Jorge Escalante, on Wednesday night. The contest was the main event of a “Hollywood Fight Nights” club show, at the Avalon in Hollywood, California, and promoted by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions.
Akhmedov, 12-0 (9), sought the kind of fight for which his trainer Abel Sanchez routinely prepares his protégés but, with an unwilling opponent in front of him, there was nothing left to do other than get Escalante out of there. Fighting out of San Diego, California, and weighing in at 190.5 pounds for the light heavyweight contest, Escalante, 9-2-1 (6), used his feet to avoid any real exchange from the fundamentally sound heatseeker but started to tire out by round three, in which he was dropped by a flurry from Akhmedov, when trapped in a corner.
Akhmedov showed a good jab, a ferocious overhand right and keen sense to throw a body shot at the perfect time. He corraled Escalante within striking distance much easier in the third, and it might’ve ended then, had the knockdown not been in the round’s final seconds. Escalante started the fourth on his bike but Akhmedov may’ve known he was spent, as he started to take more chances. After a clean shot here and there in the fourth, referee Zac Young abruptly stepped in to stop the fight, with Escalante on his feet, ending the madness of a mismatch with just enough seen from the next Kazakh puncher out of the Summit in Big Bear, California.
Abraham ”AB” Lopez remained unbeaten after his squabble with Gloferson Ortizo, earning a wide unanimous decision (60-54, 59-55 twice), after six rounds of junior welterweight action.
Lopez, 10-1-1 (3), was the craftier guy in a very good action – albeit one-sided – fight against an opponent looking for a knockout. From Bacolod City, Philippines, Ortizo, 12-1-1 (6), threw seemingly every shot as hard as he could, and while this made for exciting exchanges, the panicky attempts came up unsuccessful. Lopez, 22, stayed composed through the fire, and, somewhere in the fifth round, was cut near the eye from all the activity. With Freddie Roach in his corner, Lopez showed that any patient fighter could outbox the menacing slugger.
In light of his performance, Lopez was awarded a bonus check of $360, after the fans who watched online voted for AB to win the prize offered by 360 Promotions.
Brian Ceballo had a great performance in his stoppage win over Tavorus Teague, to remain undefeated. The welterweight contest was scheduled for six rounds.
A Brooklyn, New York, prospect and standout amateur, Ceballo, 4-0 (2), had to deal with a defensive-minded opponent but, with a good jab and aggressive game plan, he produced a one-sided action fight. Teague, 5-21-4 (3), rarely threw his power right hand but pumped his jab to try and keep Ceballo off him. The punch wasn’t effective, and Ceballo quickly exploited Teague’s defense with some crafty uppercuts and straight right hands in the exchanges. After a second round in which Teague was peppered around the ring, the 31-year-old didn’t come out of his corner for the third round, warranting the technical knockout.
Junior lightweight Adrian Corona earned a unanimous decision (40-36 twice, 39-37) win over Teodoro Alonso in a successful pro debut but it didn’t come easy.
Corona, 1-0, the son of California referee Ray Corona, showed an innate sense of himself in an action fight, and it started off with a busy jab from his 19-year-old foe. Alonso, 0-2, had a good opening round by using his left hand, and stepping to the side for quick defense, as Corona tried to find his rhythm. For Corona, it started in the second round when he began to time Alonso with overhand rights, and a beautiful check left hook on the inside. Alonso never wavered to the clean shots Corona was landing, however, and, although he was clearly out-landed by the harder punches in the end, he gave the local favorite a very good effort in a fight in which many opponents are put on a tee for those making their debut.
Female junior welterweight hopeful Elvina White got the unanimous decision (39-37 across the board) win over Jasmine Clarkson, 4-12, after four rounds. White, 3-0, simply outboxed her opponent for the win.
Vardges “VVV” Vardanyan dominated Cameron Christopher to earn a shut-out unanimous decision win (40-36 on all three scorecards) after four rounds, in the junior welterweight class.
Fighting out of nearby Panorama City, by way of Yerevan, Armenia, Vardanyan, 2-0, was aggressive against a long southpaw opponent making his pro debut, and his style immediately sparked an action fight in which no time was wasted. Christopher, 0-1, Riverside, California, didn’t have a jab active enough to ward off the hellbent Armenian, and, soon enough, VVV was exploiting an open body after headhunting in the first round. In the third, Christopher had his best round, once letting his hands go and using lateral movement. He managed to force a cut near Vardanyan’s eye in the round but it wasn’t nearly enough to overshadow the work Vardanyan had done. By the end, Vardanyan paid it back by swelling Christopher’s left eye, and giving him a nosebleed.
In the opening bout of the 360 Promotions card, Marco Deckman had a successful pro debut by knocking out David Damore in the second round. The cruiserweight contest was scheduled for four.
Deckman, 1-0 (1), a German import training out of Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club, in Hollywood, towered over his 33-year-old opponent but was versatile enough to use his jab to the body and head that slowly broke Damore down. Damore, 1-3-3, had a bloody nose by the end of the first, and didn’t offer much threat aside from a few Hail Mary right hands, after withstanding a flurry. Deckman, 27, started mixing in his power shots more to start the second round, and the right hands to the head got easier, as the round crept on. Once trapping Damore on the ropes, a few right hands battered him into the ropes, forcing him to hook his arm over one to catch himself from falling. Referee Zac Young rightfully ruled it a knockdown, and with Damore still on his feet after the count of eight, Young waved it off, deeming Damore unfit to continue.