What makes some boxing events more fun than the rest? Is it the crowd, the boxers, the venue? The 4th Annual Hollywood Fight Nights was definitely on the move this Tuesday. Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions Hollywood Fight Nights VIP Boxing Experience was held at the historical Avalon in Hollywood California.
The Avalon is a super gorgeous theatre space, with strategically placed bars everywhere you turn. I must mention the lighting in this place, it is so beautiful. I don’t know about you, but I’m a stickler for good lighting. Please don’t make me sit for hours in a hotel banquet room with fluorescent lighting. This place, not only spectacular to look at, but they had a solid menu, stiff drinks and a good staff.
Now on with the show! This Halloween eve had 7 bouts on the fight card. At the weigh ins, I could see who was going to be interesting. I was super excited to see “El Flaco” Serhii Bohachuk fight in the main event for the Junior Middleweight division for 6 rounds. You’ve got to love this boxer, hes a trip! He’s 6 ft tall, good looking, with a heavy eastern European accent. His walkout song is Marriachi, you gotta love it.
The next fight was Serhii Bohachuk 10-0 (10 KO’s) fighting out of Los Angeles, Ca against Ronald Montes 18-10 (16 KO’s) of Barranquilla, Colombia. Serhi “El Flaco” has been training with Abel Sanchez in Big Bear at the Summit high altitude training center. Pretty amazing stuff. The 23 year old turned pro in 2017 and has been consistently knocking dudes out. On this night he did it again! The left hook he gave Montes looked like easy work for El Flaco. At 1:50 into the first round, it was all over. Ronald Montes fighting out of the blue corner, walked out to Bob Marley’s anthem reggae song. Montes took some harsh body shots before going down. El Flaco remains undefeted at 11-0 (11 KO’s).
Leading up to the main event were some super solid matches, such as Teodoro Alonso 0-2 of Los Angeles, CA against Jaime Miranda 2-2 (2 KO’s) Kalispell, MT. These young boxers both had long hair at the weigh ins, so neatly braided the very next day. Alonso, looking for his first win, had non stop punches and favored his uppercut. These athletes went all four rounds. In the junior lightweight division, Alonso wins by unanimous decision over Jaime Miranda. Scores were 40-36 on all three judges’ scorecard.
The next bout, I knew would be interesting. Kenny Brown Los Angeles CA, a super unknown, making his pro debut is up against undefeated boxer Devon ‘The Great’ Lee, (5-0-0, 5 KO’s), of Sacramento. Devon Lee could stick to talking with his fists, but he has a lot to say too! Kenny Brown started out confidant, but within 51 seconds, off the rope, Devon Lee knocks Brown out before he even hit the mat. Off the rope! A beautiful thing. Brown crawled around before he stood up and then he still had no legs. It was over. The crowd loved it. Congratulations to Devon Lee and let’s hope Kenny Brown doesn’t get discouraged and we see him again.
It’s always thrilling to see the revered Freddie Roach in a corner. His fighter Marco Deckman made his professional debut this June. Deckman is super tall and in shape. Hurtado looks completely overweight and like he’s been kicking back drinking beer. Marco Deckman, (2-0-0, 2 KO’s), stopped Jose Jesus Hurtado, (5-10-0), of San Ysidro, CA with a left hook to the body in the second round.
The next fight was highly anticipated. Adrian Corona 1-0 Rialto, CA Vs Gabriel Serrano 0-1 Santa Ana CA. Keep your eye on Adrian Corona, a great athlete. With a look of power and calm, Corona walked out to the neighborhood song of “Night Owl” by Tony Allen. Corona looked & felt comfortable in Hollywood because he’s fought here before, he’s no stranger to danger. Adrian Corona, is only 18 years old. “Bam Bam” comes from a fighting family and is a a so cal favorite already. His apponant Serrano, is 30 years old with a reach advantage and a unique fighting style.
Some people think the age difference is an advantage of experience in the ring. You could hear Serrano’s corner yelling at him “jab, jab, jab” of course, with that reach advantage. Ringside commentator Doug Fisher so perfectly described Corona as a “cool customer”. Corona stayed steady at it by getting in close to land his punches. Serrano was changing his stance from orthodox to southpaw, and almost lost his balance more than once. Corona looking like a champ, kept Serrano backed up against the ropes. Corona knocks Serrano down in the 3rd round with a sweet one right to the face. “Bam Bam” Adrian Corona wins a four-round decision over Gabriel Serrano. Scores were 40-35 and 39-36 twice.
In the featherweight division Humberto “Filly” Rubalcava, (9-0-0, 6 KO’s) of Orange, CA Vs Robert ‘Escorpion’ Pucheta, (10-15-1, 6 KO’s), of Jalisco, Mexico for six-rounds. These boxers were bad asses that love to box. Scores in favor of the still undefeated Rubalcava at the end of 6 rounds were 60-53 and 58-55, twice. Be sure to watch out for “Filly’s” left hook.
The co-main event, Jonathan Esquivel 7-0 (7 KO’s) Anaheim CA Vs Rowdy Legend Montgomery 5-1-1 (4 KO’s) Hesperia CA. This was a great fight. Everybody was at the edge of their seats. Jonathan ‘Diamante’ Esquivel had a lot of fans in the audience that were chanting “JOHN NA THAN” “JOHN NA THAN” it was super exciting. Rowdy seemed to connect with the audience and got a good response from his boxing. Esquivel started bleeding in the 4th round, but Montgomery wins in the last two rounds against Esquivel. Scores were 59-54 twice and 58-55.
It was such a great fun night of Boxing. There were all kinds of beautiful people in costume everywhere! The Who’s Who from the Big Bear training crew were there as well. The beautiful and undefeated champion Cecilia Brækhus was there. The beautiful professional athlete is the undisputed female welterweight champion since 2014, and is the first woman in any weight class to hold the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO titles simultaneously.
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Photography by Richard Hernandez Chase.