By Francisco Salazar

Another fight, another knockout victory for Ali Akhmedov.

The light heavyweight remained unbeaten late Thursday night, knocking out veteran Jovany Javier Gomez in the opening round inside The Hangar at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.

A left hook to the body dropped Gomez to the canvas. Referee Ray Corona counted Gomez out at 1:10 of the opening round.

Akhmedov is originally from Almaty, Kazakhstan and now resides in Henderson, Nevada. He regularly spars with Gennady Golovkin, both of who are trained by Abel Sanchez in Big Bear Lake, California.

The 23-year-old Akhmedov (13-0, 10 knockouts) has now stopped six of his last seven opponents.

Gomez, who resides in Tijuana, Mexico, drops to 17-15, 11 KOs.

Middleweight Christian Aguiirre knocked out previously-unbeaten Joey Alday, Jr. of Odessa, Texas in the fourth round.

Alday (8-1, 7 KOs) controlled the action during the first three rounds of the fight until Aguirre trapped Alday in a corner midway about through the fourth round, throwing combinations until a right hand to the head ended matters at 1:41.

Aguirre, who resides in Salt Lake City, goes to 8-3, 4 KOs.

In a battle of lightweights who resides in the Inland Empire area of Southern California, Pomona's Israel Mercado (6-0, 6 KOs) knocked out Alfredo Hernandez of Riverside.

Time of the knockout was 1:58 of the sixth round.

In junior middleweight action, San Bernardino's Leo Ruiz (2-0, 1 KO) won a four round unanimous decision over Raul Calderon (1-1) of Long Beach.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing