‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ results: Ryan Martin stops Luis Florez in four
Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin looked strong in his fight with Luis Florez, dropping him twice en route to a fourth round technical knockout victory. The junior welterweight contest was the main event of a 360 Promotions card held at The Avalon Theater in Hollywood, California, the company’s premiere of its “Hollywood Fight Nights” club show.
Martin, 21-0 (12), was quick to calculate his distance with a jab and unleash some tremendous power hooks to the body and head in the opening round and throughout. Florez, 23-9 (19), a Colombian who gave WBC junior lightweight titleholder Miguel Berchelt his only defeat, didn’t nearly have the same resonating power as Martin and, once the Chattanooga, Tennessee, product knew his counterpart couldn’t hurt him, he willfully put himself on the inside to continue his onslaught.
In the third, Martin hurt Florez badly, for the first time in the fight, after a wide array of shots to the body and head, and almost gave referee Jack Reiss reason to step in. However once Florez sat on the ropes, a knockdown was ruled. Martin’s trainer Abel Sanchez begged his fighter to come forward and finish off the job, once time resumed, but he may have been too patient in that instance, which was the only time one could say that about Martin on this night. Thirty seconds into the fourth round, however, Martin unleashed a perfect one-two, in which a right hand dropped Florez hard to the mat. Reiss immediately waved off the contest, capping off a very good performance for Martin, who looked sluggish in his previous outing.
Brian Ceballo, 360 Promotions’ first signee, successfully made his professional debut by forcing Luis Longoria to bow out within the first round. The welterweight contest was scheduled for four rounds.
Ceballo, 1-0 (1), showed the great athleticism he possesses while positioning himself to let go of his power right. Longoria, 1-1 (1), didn’t have an answer to thwart Ceballo once the Brooklyn, New York, prospect got into a groove and pressed forward confidently. A few body shots had Longoria reeling and a right hand bloodied his mouth by the two-minute mark of the opening round. With Ceballo looking for the KO, Longoria folded mentally, while on his feet, looking right at referee Rudy Barragan, while shaking his head to tell him he had enough.
Ukrainian junior middleweight Serhii Bohachuk forced Lucius Johnson’s corner to throw in the towel near the end of the third round to earn a TKO win but it was a night he’ll never forget. The bout was scheduled for six rounds.
It was the fight of the evening and, in the opening round, the two sluggers produced plenty of drama. Bohachuk, 7-0 (7), an Abel Sanchez product out of Big Bear, California, hurt Johnson with the first right hand he landed flush on the jaw and it had the Compton native backing into a corner. As Bohachuk went in for the kill, Johnson, 4-3-1 (3), landed a tremendous straight right hand that dropped Bohachuk to a knee. It was a flash knockdown, however, and Bohachuk got up so quickly, referee Rudy Barragan didn’t seem to notice his knee touched the canvas. Once he did, Bohachuk came up swinging. A right hand then dropped Johnson to his back in an event that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Barragan eventually settled the situation by giving only Bohachuk a count afterward.
After an exciting back-and-forth second round, Bohachuk’s power was starting to be on full display and Johnson was starting to get his back stuck to the ropes more often. Johnson did his best to deliver another crushing blow as Bohachuk came forward but they weren’t catching the same way they did earlier to produce a flash knockdown. In the third, Johnson was starting to get pummeled and his corner threw in the towel with just seconds left to go in the round.
Anthony Chavez, 5-0 (1), made it look tough against the awkward Carlos Apodaca, 1-8-2, but was able to earn a unanimous decision win (40-35, 39-36 twice) after four rounds of featherweight action.
Jose Casillas earned a win in his professional debut, after dropping May Garduno, 0-2, with a right hand in the third round, warranting a stoppage. The junior featherweight contest was scheduled for four.
Luis Rosales, 7-1-1 (3), earned a shut-out unanimous decision (60-54 across the board) over Guadalupe Arroyo, 3-11, after six rounds in the featherweight division.
In the opening bout of the 360 Promotions card, “Maniac” Mike Melikyan, 2-2-1, earned a split decision victory (40-36, 39-37, 37-39) over Alfredo Hernandez, 3-2 (2), after four back-and-forth rounds of junior welterweight action.