Luis Nery Stops Azat Hovhannisyan In L.A. Classic

Golden Boy Promotions put forth one of the best fights of the year thus far, as former world champion Luis “Pantera” Nery (34-1, 26 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico stopped Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (21-4, 17 KOs) of Los Angeles in the eleventh round of a back-and-forth entertaining affair, with the time of the stoppage being 1:51. 


With the win, Nery is now the mandatory for the WBC super bantamweight world title, currently held by Stephen Fulton Jr., with this highlight-reel win that took place at the Fox Theater Pomona and was broadcast exclusively worldwide on DAZN.


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


Luis Nery is now on a three-fight win streak after being stopped by Brandon Figueroa in May of 2021. Nery’s win put an end to Hovhannisyan’s seven-fight win streak that had spanned across four-and-a-half years.


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


The undercard saw super middleweight Shane Mosley, Jr. (19-4, 10 KOs) get a ten-round decision over Mario “Aguila” Lozano (33-11, 24 KOs), with the scores being 100-90, 99-91, 99-91, flyweight Ricardo “El Niño” Sandoval (21-2, 16 KOs) of Rialto getting a second-round stoppage over Jerson Ortiz (17-7, 8 KOs), with the time being 2:46. Local favorite, Rowdy “Legend” Montgomery (9-4-1, 6 KOs) of Victorville won a unanimous decision over Christian “Ruso” Olivas (22-9, 19 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight bout to start the DAZN telecast.


“This fight showed me that I still have room to sharpen up a bit," said Shane Mosley, Jr., who is eyeing a big fight. "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.”