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Tolmajyan takes down undefeated foe

Boxing: Glendale-based featherweight improves to 12-1-1 with split decision win over Daulis Prescott.

December 03, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

Considering his opponent entered the ring for his stateside debut undefeated with 23 wins, some might have viewed local featherweight Gabriel "Gapo" Tolmajyan as a stepping stone for the rising Colombian Daulis Prescott.

But Tolmajyan and his camp took a decidedly different angle, looking at Friday night's eight-round clash as an opportunity for their taking.

Looking to take a step up in his own burgeoning career and grab some attention with a statement win, Tolmajyan handed Prescott his first loss and notched his 12th win via split decision at Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez in a match Tolmajyan's trainer Edmond Tarverdyan claimed wasn't nearly close as close as the judges made it.

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"It wasn't close at all," said Tarverdyan of the decision that had two judges score the fight narrowly in favor of Tolmajyan (12-1-1, three knockouts), while the third gave it to Prescott (23-1, 17 KOs) by a slim margin. "Gapo dropped him and we won the last two rounds, as well, and at least four or five rounds in between. I don't know what the judges were thinking.

"Sometimes I don't know what happens with the referees, they think [Prescott's] 23-0 and it's the end of the world. They gave him a little bit of an edge not to crack his record, but we outboxed him."

Tolmajyan dropped Prescott in the fifth round with a straight left, according to Tarverdyan, following a flurry of combinations traded by both fighters with Tolmajyan getting the better of the exchange.

Tolmajyan also set the tone in the early rounds with a controlled game plan, Tarverdyan said.

"He listened to me perfectly this time and did exactly what I wanted him to do," said Tarverdyan, proprietor of the Glendale Fighting Club. "I knew if it was close they were going to give it to [Prescott], so I pushed him a little bit to do better.

"I think his jab was the big key to beat this guy."

Tolmajyan's fight occurred on the undercard of a ShoBox promotion, but was not televised. Tarverdyan hopes the win, even as close as it was made by the decision, will be the beginning of bigger things for the third-year pro.

"The No.1 thing is he's gaining confidence that he can fight," Tarverdyan said. "He's a great boxer, he knows how to move, but he needs to start placing his shots better so he can be a crowd-pleasing fighter and he's learning how to do that.

"[Friday night] was a very good step for him."

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