With his young boxing career having been characterized by technical boxing prowess, HyeFighter Gapo “The Ghost” Tolmajyan has seemingly added the attribute of power punching to his repertoire. The Glendale fighter was dominant in defeating veteran journeyman Anthony Martinez via fourth-round knockout in a scheduled four-round lightweight bout on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.
“Now he’s adjusting to the professional style of fighting,” said Tolmajyan’s trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan. “And now he’s got more con- fidence.” Tolmajyan caught Martinez with a devastating left uppercut to finish the fight at the 2:14 mark of the fourth round. Tolmajyan, who improved to 7-1 with his second career knockout, floored Martinez (21-34-3) in the third round, as well, doing the damage with a right hook. “He started sitting down on his punches,” said Tarverdyan of his prospect’s power surge. “From start to finish, it was a one-sided fight.”
While Martinez’ record is hardly impressive, Tolmajyan’s knockout was, as Martinez, who has been facing a steady stream of up-and-coming prospects, was not stopped in his previous six fights and only 10 of his losses have come via KO.
Tolmajyan’s original opponent dropped out of the fight and the Martinez bout came about roughly a week before Friday, according to Tarverdyan. Originally it was scheduled for six rounds, but the California State Athletic Commission changed it to four rounds due to the late notice of the bout. Tolmajyan was also scheduled to fight in January in Glendale, but an opponent never transpired, thus Tolmajyan’s win on Friday was his first bout since a June 12, 2009 majority decision victory in Glendale.
Tarverdyan said he was not concerned with the layoff, however. “We had a really tough training camp,” said the head of the Glendale Fighting Club. “He was ready.”
Tolmajyan had been sparring at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym, as well, leading into the bout.“Gabriel looked very good and very confident,” Tarverdyan said.
Tarverdyan sees a quick step up in competition on the agenda for the 23-year-old Tolmajyan, who has fought more than 300 amateur fights. “I want to put Gabriel up against guys with good records,” Tarverdyan said. “He could out box a lot of fighters. I’m confident that he’s a great boxer.”