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  Nery Breaks Down “Crazy A”;
Punch Out In Pomona Did Not Disappoint

By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo


Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Productions provided the fireworks Saturday night with a six fight card at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California. In the main event of the evening Luis Nery (34-1, 26 KO’s) out of Tijuana Mexico, and Azat, (Crazy A), Hovhannisyan ( 21-4, 17 KO’s) of Los Angeles, squared off in a super bantamweight title eliminator.

The fight was electric from the opening round in which there was no feeling out. The warriors went right to work. Nery’s speed was on display as he flurried with rapid combinations that left Hovhannisyan stunned. In the second round it was Hovhannisyan’s turn to go on the attack. His aggressive style helped him to even the score. By the sixth round it was obvious that this was going to be a candidate for fight of the year. “Crazy A” had developed a mouse under his right eye and his nose was bloodied.

Nery’s face was swelling. In every round leading to the tenth both fighters had connected with thundering head shots. Finally in the tenth round Nery caught “Crazy A” with a left hand that put him on the canvas. The tough Armenian struggled to get to his feet more out of pure exhaustion. “Crazy A” came out for the eleventh round but he was on shaky legs. A left from Nery wobbled the Armenian and referee Corona rightfully intervened to stop the fight. Nery by knockout at 1:51 seconds of round 11.

“I knew this was going to be a very difficult fight, Azat is a very tough fighter,” said Luis Nery. “We gave the fans an incredible show. I want the winner between Naoya Inoue and Stephen Fulton. I feel ready for a world championship.”

“We are disappointed in this outcome, but that’s boxing,” said Azat Hovhannisyan. “There was a lot of back-and-forth action, and we did all that we could.”

In the co-main event Super Middleweights engaged in a head on battle that saw both fighters tagging each other with a plethora of punches. Shane Mosley Jr. of Pomona, CA (19-4, 10 KO’s) scored the more telling punches connecting more often and with crisp combination. Mexican Mario Lozano (33-11, 24 KO’s) to his credit held his own but did just not have enough firepower to make an impact on Mosley.
Mosley drove Lozano into the corner several times with swift combinations, but Lozano smartly countered with a right hand that always stopped Mosley's attack. In the final round Lozano whispered in Mosley's ear, something to the effect of, “let’s go for the knockout.” And as the round began both fighters were swinging form the heels. Both connected with several big shots but neither would go down.

In the end Mosley earned a unanimous decision with lopsided scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91. However, the fight was much closer than the scores indicates. Hats off to both warriors.

“This fight showed me that I still have room to sharpen up a bit," said Shane Mosley, Jr. "I only had three weeks to prepare, so all things considered, I feel like I got the job done. He’s fought with some tough guys so I knew this was going to be a hard fight. I wanted to get a big KO in front of the hometown crowd and make a statement. I was willing to be a lot riskier. My dream is still to become a world champion, and I’m going to do it.”

In the battle of the flyweights, Rialto’s Ricardo Sandoval (21-2, 16 KO’s) scored a brutal knockout win over Nicaragua’s Gerson Ortiz. (17-7, 8 KO’s) The fighters went toe to toe exchanging vicious body shots until a left hook by Sandoval to the solar plexus of Ortiz dropped in mute nostril agony. Referee Caiz counted him out at ten and Sandoval picked up his 21st win and 16th knockout. Sandoval looked sharp and is ranked fifth in the world by Ring magazine. Tonight he did not disappoint. We look forward to seeing him in the future vying for a title.

“This fight proves that I am a top-level flyweight," said Ricardo Sandoval. "I am ready to take on bigger names in my division, and I want the bigger fights. I had watched a couple of his videos before, so I knew he was a dirty fighter. I had told the referee about the head butting so he was aware.”

In this Super Middleweight match up Rowdy Legend Montgomery (9-4-1, 6 KO’s) out of Victorville, CA outpointed San Ysidro’s Cristian Olivas (22-9, 19 KO’s) garnering a unanimous decision. Montgomery used his jab and a solid right hand to back up Olivas the entire fight. Olivas could never get off and did not display the punching power suggested by his 19 knockouts. Montgomery’s footwork kept him out of harms way as he slipped and dodged many of Olivas’ punches. The judges scorecards read 79-73, 79-73, and 80-72 all for Montgomery.

Hawaiian Super Featherweight and 2019 National Golden Glove Champion Asa Stevens (4-0, 2 KO’s) dominated journeyman, Jenn Gonzalez (9-17-1, 5 KO’s). Stevens dropped Nicaraguan Gonzalez in the first round as a result of a straight left hand. Stevens found a home with his left and pummeled Gonzalez over and again. Gonzalez could do nothing to avoid Stevens left hand. After two quick rounds Gonzalez decided that he would quit on his stool and did not answer the bell for the fourth round. Stevens remains undefeated.

In the opening bout of the evening Ukrainian heavyweight, Andril (Rampage) Novytski (1-0, 1 KO) made his debut against Gabriel Costa (1-4). Novytski dropped Costa in the first minute with a left right combination. Costa made the ten count however it appeared as though he didn’t want any part of this fight and went down a second time from a soft right hand. Referee Jerry Cantu stopped the fight at 1:22 of the first round giving Novytski his debut win.


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