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Ryan Martin stops Luis Eduardo Florez at Tom Loeffler’s inaugural Hollywood Fight Nights

(From left to right) Undefeated 140-pound prospect Ryan Martin, 360 Promotions founder Tom Loeffler, Luis Eduardo Florez and manager Tim VanNewhouse. Photo credit: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/360 Promotions
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HOLLYWOOD — Tom Loeffler promised action fights against a glitzy Hollywood backdrop, and the promoter delivered in his first foray into the Southern California club scene.

Tables lined the posh Avalon nightclub, a staple of the Hollywood scene where world-class DJs routinely play to sold-out shows. On Tuesday, the dance floor was transformed into a fight arena for Loeffler’s inaugural Hollywood Fight Nights and 360 Promotions prospect Ryan Martin prevailed in the main event.

The Chattanooga, Tennessee, product dropped Luis Eduardo Florez in Round 3 with a combination and after another knockdown the following round, referee Jack Reiss called it off.

Martin (21-0, 12 knockouts) used his speed and athleticism to confound Florez (23-9, 19 KOs), a Colombian journeyman who has just once victory in his last six fights. Florez, however, does own a first-round knockout win over 130-pound titleholder Miguel Berchelt.

The lightweight prospect seems to be developing well with trainer Abel Sanchez in Big Bear and Martin hopes to be inching toward a big step-up fight. Martin could return on Gennady Golovkin’s next undercard, whether that’s on May 5 against Canelo Alvarez or against someone else on another date.

“Every fight is a learning experience,” Sanchez said. “He did some things wrong but he did a lot of things right.”

Another Sanchez-trained fight impressed on the show, which was streamed live on, though the prospect was forced to survive some rocky moments.

Serhii Bohachuk (7-0, 7 KOs) was dropped in Round 1 by Lucius Johnson (4-3-1, 3 KOs), but the Ukrainian shook it off and proceeded to break his foe down with body shots. The welterweight prospect laid an absolute beating on Johnson and kept coming forward until the corner stopped the fight in Round 3.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger