Ornelas KOs Fogle
Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
Before a near-capacity crowd of 1,765 Los Angeles fight fans, at the beautiful Nokia Theater downtown, Golden Boy Promotions presented their monthly edition of Fight Night Club.
In main event action, an eight-round super middleweight contest, Enrique Ornelas, coming off his defeat at the hands of Bernard Hopkins, took on the fading Julius Fogle.
Fogle, who started his career with 15 consecutive victories, came in winless in his last four contests. Neither fighter impressed over the first three rounds but Ornelas came to life in the fourth round and with a single left hook thrown from long range he floored Fogle.
Fogle showed little interest and made little effort to get up as he was counted out by the referee at 1:12 of the round.
Fogle's transition from potential contender to stepping stone now seems complete as he drops to 15 - 4 (10 KOs) while Ornelas gets back in the winning column and raises his record to 30 - 6 (20 KOs).
Elam decisions Hemphill
In the co-main event, a four-round cruiserweight bout, once-defeated Deon Elam, of Season Four "The Contender" fame, met veteran tomato can, Andre Hemphill, who came in the loser of eight of his last ten fights.
Elam, despite the superior record and tools, failed to impress for all but the last 10 seconds of the bout. It was in those last 10 seconds that Elam finally found the will to unleash a vicious combination that hurt and dropped Hemphill who rose quickly as the bell sounded to end the round.
Originally this fight was scheduled to be a six round contest but to the surprise of each corner, the fighters and even the referee, the fight was deemed over at the end of four rounds by the California State Athletic Commission, seemingly due to a mix-up. This was a merciful move for fans in attendance as it was a lackluster affair despite the knockdown.
By way of unanimous decision victory, Elam raises his record to 11 - 1 (6KO) but does little to improve his status. With the defeat, Hemphill drops to 8 - 15 - 2 and seemingly accomplishes his goal of surviving to hear the final bell.
Suleymanov decisions Garcia
Opening televised action, a six-round bantamweight bout, was a spirited bout between Khabir “The Crazy Russian” Suleymanov and veteran Benji Garcia. With only five knockouts between the two fighters in 39 combined fights, it was no surprise that the fight went the distance.
Even so, however, it was an all action fight and although Garcia took a lot of clean shots, he showed plenty of heart and showed why in 13 previous losses, he had only been stopped twice and those two knockout losses were to current WBA light flyweight champion, Giovanni Segura, and former IBF light flyweight champion, Brian Viloria.
Although Suleymanov was unable to match the knockouts of Segura or Viloria, he did show plenty of promise in picking apart Garcia and may have knocked him out given the opportunity of more than six rounds.
With the victory, Suleymanov improves to 10 – 0 (4 KO) while Garcia drops to an even 14 – 14 – 3 (1 KO).
Battle of debuters
In the TV swing bout, a four-round junior middleweight fight, debuting Roberto Reyes met fellow debuter Azamat Umarzoda.
Both fighters came out wound up tight and it was rock 'em, sock 'em robots while it lasted. However, of the two, Reyes was able to settle down and launched a hard uppercut that Umarzoda never saw coming. Umarzoda was knocked down hard, attempted to get up but stumbled back into the ropes, causing the referee to wave off the fight at 2:45 of the first round.
Reyes starts off his career with an impressive knockout victory to go to 1 - 0 (1KO) while Umarzoda drops to 0 - 1.
Martinez deicsions Sandoval
In other action, a four round junior lightweight affair, Luis Martinez proved far better than his record would indicate, by outhustling Juan Sandoval to earn a majority decision win. Martinez raises his record to 2 – 3 – 1 while Sandoval drops to 1 – 2 (1 KO).
Miura decisions Bedwell
In opening action, a four-round light heavyweight bout, Hiromitsu Miura dominated action against the overmatched Nathan Bedwell. Miura had his chances to knock out Bedwell but seemed to lack the killer instinct to do so. In a unanimous decision victory, Miura raises his record to 2 – 0 while Bedwell falls to 0 – 2.
Fight Night Club at the Nokia Theater returns on Thursday, May 27.