360 Promotions Aug. 2018

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Hollywood Fight Night Results: Akhmedov, Lopez and more



By Tarrah Zael


HOLLYWOOD, Ca.-Fans were turned away at the doors since maximum capacity was reached at the “Hollywood Fight Night” event at the Avalon for a 360 Promotions event in Hollywood, California on Wednesday night.


In front of the sold-out crowd, Kazakhstans Ali Akhmedov (12-0, 9 KOs) ended the night for Jorge Escalante (9-2-1, 6 KOs) with a fourth-round stoppage against his opponent, leaving the crowd puzzled at the referees decision.


The young pugilist Akhmedov, 23, stayed true to his training by remaining patient with San Diegos Escalante in the scheduled six round cruiserweight bout. Akhmedov, who trains with Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, CA was too skilled and overbearing for his opponent throughout every round.


Although Escalante tested him by switching stances or throwing out leaping right hands, it wasn’t much of a competition for Akhmedov who kept his head moving and walked down his contender.


 As he backed him into the corner, Akhmedov fired off a combination of punches and connected with a straight right hand to the chin of Escalante. His knees quickly buckled but he stood up right away and clapped his gloves out of frustration. The third round ended but not before referee, Zach Young called it a knockdown.


The next round Akhmedov continued his attack against Escalante by staying on top of him and throwing strong combinations against the cruiserweight. After 1:43 into the fourth round and no exchange, the referee called the fight and Akhmedov closed the show with a knockout win over Escalante.


An exciting co-main event had the crowd cheering and yelling out suggestions to the two boxers who went toe-to-toe all six rounds. But, Tustins Gloferson Ortizo (12-1-1, 6 KO) had more to fight for in the six-round bout. Unfortunately, he went home with his first loss in his career against Rowland Heights Abraham Lopez (10-1-1, 3 KO).


From the first round Lopez, who was cornered by Freddie Roach, came out on top as the stronger and more well-rounded fighter. Although, not every one of his punches connected upon the head of Ortizo, his strength and fight style carried him through the rounds.


Studying the stance of Ortizo was confusing to watch as a reporter. Lopez had to make many quick adjustments against him because his fight stance was very awkward. With his quick-thinking Lopez was able to angle out of the way of Ortizos aggressive and wide punches coming his way. One of them, caused a cut over Lopez right eye in the fifth round.


It really motivated me to win, says Lopez about the blood dripping into his eye in the later rounds of the fight. After all six-rounds of the super lightweight battle, Lopez earned the unanimous decision over Ortizo. One judge scored the fight at 60-54 but, the other two had it at 59-57.



Other bouts


Coming back to the west coast to continue his undefeated record, Brooklyns Brian Ceballo (4-0, 2 KO) captured a knockout win over Bakersfields Tavorus Teague (5-21-4).  In the welterweight bout, Teague posed as a bit of a challenge for Ceballo at first. But, Ceballo perfectly connected his uppercuts and left hooks to the chin of Teague causing the bout to finish at the end of round two.


Making his pro-debut Rialto’s Adrian Corona (1-0) won the unanimous decision over local Los Angeles boxer Teodora Alonso (0-2). The bout was correctly scored, two judges had the fight at 40-36 and one 39-37 in the super featherweight bout. Corona was the smarter more technical boxer of the two.


The only women bout of the night had Los Angeles Elvina White (3-0) win via unanimous decision over Texas’ Jasmine Clarkson (4-12) in the four-round super lightweight battle. Whites combinations and overhand right outpointed the southpaw Clarkson. The battle was thought to be very close but, the judges scored it at 39-37 all for White.


In a four-round super welterweight battle, Panorama Citys Vardges Vardanyan (2-0) rightfully owned the decision win over Riversides Camerson Christopher (0-1) who was making his pro-debut. Both southpaws were punchers and brawlers but Vardanyan was the better of the two. Body shots were damaging to Christopher whose defense wasn’t his greatest strength. The judges scored the fight 40-36, a unanimous win for Vardanyan.


Opening the show and also making his pro debut out of Los Angeles, CA, Marco Dekmann (1-0) captured a TKO at the end of round two against Chandler, Arizonas David Damore (1-3-3) in a cruiserweight bout. Coming out of the first round, Damore put on the pressure as he constantly looked for an opening.  Dekmann stayed calm by keeping his distance and administering his longer arm reach. He was quickly casted as the more talented fighter as he kept his distance and threw his strong combination punches quickly ending the bout at 2:58 in the second round.


Tom Loeffler, the promoter, has yet to fail to put on a show that did not excite the crowd, the next bout is sure to be sold out again in September.