Abel Sanchez: Ali Akhmedov Needs 3-4 Fights To Be a Contender

By Steve Kim

Currently, light heavyweight hopeful Ali Akhmedov (11-0, 8 KO's) is not rated by any of the  major sanctioning bodies at 175-pounds.

"I think he's three or four fights away from that," said his trainer, Abel Sanchez, of his boxer who headlines at the Avalon in Hollywood against Jorge Escalante on Wednesday night.

"He's a very talented kid, extremely talented kid. He works very hard. I'm not going to say  he's the biggest puncher but he's got very good technique, very good balance and he's working towards establishing a bigger punch."

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In lieu of having heavy hands, Sanchez has focused on Akhmedov - "being busy. When he came to me he had spent some time in other gyms and he was very selective with his punches, wouldn't throw a lot of punches and I wouldn't want that in my gym."

Sanchez, best known for training the likes of IBO, WBA, WBC  middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and former WBC, IBF unified cruiserweight titlist Murat Gassiev, says to expect an aggressive fighter.

"He's going to go out and try to hurt somebody. That's the way we teach in my gym and that's what the fans want to see. They don't want to see a dance," Sanchez said.

In the main event of that card, Akhmedov will face Jorge ‘El Bandido’ Escalante, (9-1-1, 6 KO’s), of San Diego, CA. 

Also scheduled for that card - Undefeated 22-year-old welterweight prospect Brian Ceballo, (3-0-0, 1 KO) will battle Tavorus Teague, a local veteran of 29 fights in a scheduled six rounder, Abraham Lopez, (9-1-1, 3 KO’s) - who is trained by Hall of Fame coach - will face undefeated Gloferson Ortizo, (12-0-1, 6 KO’s) in what some believe could be the fight of the night, and in a women’s special attraction welterweight four-rounder, Elvina ‘The Warrior’ White, (2-0) of Los Angeles, CA will make her return to The VIP Boxing Experience against Bryanna Fissori, (1-0), of Topeka, KS.

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