By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Light Heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov might not have expected much with Demetrius Davis based on his won-loss record. That was thrown out the window as Davis came to fight and almost pulled off the upset against the world-ranked contender. Ahmedov won a close eight round majority decision on Saturday afternoon before a sold-out crowd of about 900 at Karma Club in Victorville, CA.
The bout headlined an eight-bout “Thunder in the Ring” card, presented by Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Promotions.
Ahmedov is a four-time national amateur champion from his native Uzbekistan. Rated in the top 15 by one sanctioning body, Ahmedov claimed a regional title two bouts ago, knocking out Douglas Otieno in August.
Ahmedov made his United States debut in his last bout, knocking out Harley Kilifan in the first round of a six round bout in January. He, along with Welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov, is promoted by KZ Event Productions, headed by world champion Beibut Shumenov.
Prior to his bout with Ahmedov, Davis had lost his last six bouts in a row. In a career that began since 1987, Davis has pulled off upset victories over then-contender Joseph Kiwanuka and most recently, a unanimous decision victory over Rowland Bryant last January.
Davis’ awkward style worked well for him in the first couple of rounds. Davis was able to
work the body of Ahmedov with left hooks, eventually following it up with occasional hook to the head.
Ahmedov began to stalk Davis around the ring, attacking the body as well. Ahmedov began to mix in an occasional right hand to the head during the middle rounds.
Davis would switch back and forth from a conventional to a southpaw stance, using any angles to land to the body as well. It was in the fifth round that Ahmedov landed vicious shots to the head, which Davis seemed to take well.
The best round of the fight was the eighth round as Davis was busier, probably sensing he was down on the cards. Although Davis was busier, Ahmedov landed the harder punches. Both traded heavy punches in the middle of the ring. Davis looked as though he scored a knockdown with a left hand, but referee Jack Reiss ruled it a slip as he pointed out that both fighters’ feet were tangled.
One judge scored the bout 76-76, while the remaining judges scored the fight 77-75 for Ahmedov. Fightnews.com scored the bout 77-75 in favor of Ahmedov.
Ahmedov, from Las Vegas, NV by way Andijan, Uzbekistan, goes to 14-0-1, 9 KO’s. Davis, from Washington, D.C., falls to 19-20-5, 7 KO’s.
Welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov knocked out Anthony Mora in the first round of a scheduled six round bout.
Hudaynazarov wasted no time as he went right after Mora. The taller Mora was effective in fighting from a distance, mostly countering to the head of Hudaynazarov.
Halfway through the first round, Hudaynazarov landed a left hook to the body that dropped Mora to his knee. Mora barely beat the count, attempting to keep Hudaynazarov again at a distance.
Right before the bell, Hudaynazarov landed another vicious left hook to the body, dropping Mora to a knee. Mora did not beat the count of referee Jack Reiss, being counted out at 2:59.
Hudaynazarov, from Las Vegas, NV by way of Andijan, Uzbekistan, improves to 11-0, 9 KO’s. Mora, from Denver, CO, drops to 15-6, 10 KO’s.
Heavyweight Sergey Karpenko won by knockout after the first round after his opponent Anthony Mooney did come out for the second round.
Both fighters had their moments in the opening round of the scheduled four round bout. Karpenko landed the more effective punches to the head, as Mooney did his best to work the body.
After the first round, Mooney complained of dizziness, blinking repeatedly and looking dazed. The ringside doctor checked on Mooney thoroughly, but when it looked as though Mooney was even having difficulty standing, the doctor advised referee Ray Corona to stop the bout.
Karpenko, from Big Bear, CA, goes to 1-1, 1 KO. Mooney, from San Diego, CA, falls to 2-2.
In the opening bout, Lightweight Jesse Roman stopped William Fisher in the second round of a scheduled four round bout.
The southpaw Fisher, who was making his professional debut and lives in the Victorville area, was giving up height and reach to Roman. Roman dropped Fisher with a counter left hook to the head in the first round. Fisher got up and bravely fought back, but did not have the strength to trade with Roman.
Fisher opened the second round on the offensive, attempting to counter to the head of Roman. However, it was short-lived as Roman dropped Fisher to the canvas with a lead right hand. Fisher tried to survive, but Roman hurt Fisher with a right hand to the body then followed up with an accumulation of punches, prompting referee Ray Corona to stop the bout at 2:09, just as Fisher was falling to the canvas.
Roman, from Santa Ana, CA, goes to 3-0, 3 KO’s.
In a four round Middleweight bout, Eric Garcia won a lackluster four round decision over Steve Macomber.
The more athletic Garcia countered only one punch at a time, a lead right hand or left hook as Macomber stalked him around the ring. There were very little exchanges in the first three rounds of the bout.
Garcia was more active in the fourth round, landing more right hands to the head of Macomber. However, he did not follow up, allowing Macomber to recover and even throw back punches. Towards the end of the round, Macomber looked like he was in survival mode.
All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 40-36.
Garcia, from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, goes to 4-1-1, 1 KO. Macomber, from Lakeside, CA, drops to 3-7-1, 2 KO’s.
– Light Heavyweight World champion Beibut Shumenov, Junior Welterweight Julio Diaz, Welterweight Antonio Diaz, contender Unbeaten Super Bantamweight Michael Franco, and Flyweight Anthony Villarreal took in the action from ringside.
– Unbeaten Michael Franco was supposed to fight on the card. However, his opponent backed out of the fight and a suitable opponent was not found in time.
– A moment of acknowledgement was made in between fights for Lorraine Chargin, wife of Don Chargin, who is battling cancer. Fightnews.com sends its prayers for Lorraine for a healthy recovery.
– Three MMA bouts rounded out the card.
– Ring announcer was Sonny Franco.