LA Fight Club results: Ferdinand Kerobyan and Azat Hovhannisyan earn knockout wins
Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan delivered a quick first round knockout of Rolando Mendivil on Friday night to remain undefeated. The junior middleweight contest was the main event of an “LA Fight Club” card streamed live on RingTV.com and televised on Estrella TV, live from the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Kerobyan, 11-0 (6), needed only 49 seconds to dispose of his opponent, in the prospect’s first fight scheduled for eight rounds. On the attack from the outset, Kerobyan charmed Mendivil into an early exchange and a left hook to the chin folded the Mexican to the canvas before you could realize the fight even started. Once waiting to get up during referee Dr. Lou Moret’s count, Mendivil, 10-6 (3), rose to his feet shakily and remained an easy target for the power-punching Armenian prospect. A barrage had Mendivil bracing himself for a right hand that sent him back onto the mat and that’s when Moret rightfully waved it off.
“I felt great. I never like to say that a fight is easy,” Kerobyan said after the win. “I just make it look easy. I’m proud of my performance. I showed that I’m a warrior. I’m looking for bigger and better names. I want eight and 10-round fights only.”
In the co-feature, Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan forced a fourth round corner stoppage of Jesus Martinez to get back into the win column, after falling short in his first world title shot. The junior featherweight contest was scheduled for eight.
Hovhannisyan, 15-3 (12), had to work to get the technical knockout and make it a fight against a Colombian who wasn’t looking to get into one. Martinez, 24-5 (12), skirted the ring with his feet for the fight’s entirety and could be found many times on the canvas in moments that were ruled a slip by referee Jack Reiss. They weren’t slips, however, but convenient time lapses that kept the fiery Armenian away from him for a moment. When action resumed, Martinez would find a way to tie them up in a clinch to make things worse but Hovhannisyan did the only thing he could do about it.
Every time they would re-engage, Hovhannisyan, 30, would rush to Martinez and throw a right hand that came at a different angle every time. In the second, a right caught Martinez on the head and had him on skates for the remainder of the round. Afterward Martinez’s slipping happened more often and became more.obvious. In the third, Hovhannisyan forced Martinez to a knee after a barrage on the ropes for the fight’s first knockdown. Then in the fourth, a beautiful Hovhannisyan uppercut had Martinez spinning in place for a moment, leading to the second and final knockdown of the fight after another deliberate knee to the canvas. That’s when the Colombian’s corner waved it off and Hovhannisyan still managed to make it fun without a dance partner.
“I feel stronger than ever before,” said Hovhannisyan, who challenged Rey Vargas for the WBC 122 pound title last May. “Whatever has happened in the past is past. I’m ready for a world title fight. I know I still have a lot left in the tank.”
Junior middleweight prospect Richard Acevedo scored a first round knockout win after ruining Javier Olvera with a few body shots. The fight was scheduled for six rounds.
From Garden City, Kansas, and fighting out of Los Angeles, Acevedo, 4-0 (4), imposed his will on the inexperienced Mexican and never had much pushback, once landing his first body shot. Olvera, 1-2 (1), hunched over many times before Acevedo, 22, landed a final body blow that folded him to the mat for the fight’s only knockdown. With Olvera writhing in pain, referee Sharon Sands waved it off before reaching the count of 10 and Acevedo showcased a strong attack that came from a freakishly built body for a 154-pounder.
“I prepared really well for this fight,” said Acevedo. “I like that I worked by jab in this fight. I’m going to look at it when I get home, review it and look to fix any mistakes. We are going to work to get better and better.”
In one of the better contests of the entire evening, Rudy Garcia earned a unanimous decision (60-54 twice, 59-55) win over David Perez after six junior featherweight rounds. However the wide scores didn’t reflect the fight’s competitive nature.
Garcia, 9-0 (1), had a contingent of hometown fans cheering him on the entire way and the 21-year-old had great success in the early rounds, in which he out-landed his counterpart. Perez, 10-5 (5), of Houston, Texas, was getting beaten to the punch but started biting down and fighting back in a second round that led into him exploiting Garcia with body shots in the third. The crowd became anxious to cheer in the second half of the fight, in which the two meshed well to provide an exciting fight with some rounds too close to call.
“I felt good and strong,” Garcia said afterward. “There are a couple things to work on. He’s a tough guy and his right hook to the body is really accurate. I’m ready for any upcoming dates to make my return to the ring.”
In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Promotions card, David Mijares received a split decision (38-37 twice, 37-38) win over Michael Meyers after four rounds between unbeaten junior welterweights with contrasting styles.
The reverberation of the opening bell hadn’t even stopped once Meyers set the precedent for his style of fighting. His first big right hand may’ve been caught by Mijares’ glove but it was a strategic strike to test the nerves of a prospect who hadn’t stepped in the ring in 20 months.
Mijares, 6-0 (3), had a long recovery process after suffering a brutal knockout in sparring last summer and the pressure from Meyers in the first round had him bending already. During a brief exchange in the second minute of the fight, a short left hook caught Mijares on the head while off-balanced and onto the canvas for a flash knockdown. Once getting up and shaking it off, Mijares went back to his amateur instincts and started out-boxing Meyers by the end of the first and into the second round.
Meyers, 2-1 (2), had trouble with hand speed and sly movement from the southpaw and, with many of his hooks now finding nothing but air, the local hopeful showed signs of wariness by the third. Though he was nothing more than a flat-footed slugger, Meyers was persistent with what he was good at and, in the final round, managed to bloody Mijares’ nose with a crushing right that changed the tone back to where the fight started. It was a round in which Meyers seemingly regained control but it wasn’t enough for the official judges sitting ringside.
“I felt rusty. It was tough because (Meyers) was throwing shots from strange angles. I think I’m ready for six-round fights. It’s definitely fun to be coming back. I love boxing.”