By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a battle of unbeaten lightweights, contender Darley Perez won a close 10 round split-decision over Bahodir Mamadjonov at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA. During the first three rounds of the fight, the southpaw Mamadjonov was the more effective fighter, countering Perez to the head and body. Perez got going during the middle rounds, pressing the fight and scoring with straight right hands to the head. Perez scored a knockdown in the eighth round, dropping Mamadjonov with a right uppercut to the head. Mamadjonov rebounded well in the ninth round, but Perez was able to outland Mamadjonov in the final round. One judge scored the bout 95-94 in favor of Mamadjonov, while the other two judges scored the bout 96-93 and 95-94 in favor of Perez. Fightnews.com scored the bout 95-94 in favor of Perez, who hails from San Pedro de Uraba, Colombia and improves to 26-0, 19 KOs. Mamadjonov, a native of Uzbekistan and now residing in Houston, TX, falls to 11-1, 7 KOs.
Super bantamweight Chris Avalos won a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over previously-unbeaten Yenifel Vicente. Avalos started strong and controlled the action in the first three rounds of the fight, consistently landing right hands to the head of Vicente. After Vicente was able to control the fourth, Avalos dropped Vicente with a counter left hook to the head in the fifth. Vicente stood up, but was stunned with another right to the head later in the round. Avalos dictated the pace, until he started slowing down in the final two rounds. Sensing he was down, Vicente came on, but did not do enough as all three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 97-92. Avalos, from Lancaster, CA, goes to 20-2, 15 KOs. The Dominican-born Vicente, now training out of Miami, FL, drops to 23-1-2, 15 KOs.
In the walkout bout of the evening, lightweight Alejandro Luna stopped Eddie Ramirez in the sixth and final round. The taller Luna landed the more effective punches throughout most of the fight. However, Ramirez hung in there, countering Luna to the head and body. Luna wobbled Ramirez with a left hook to the head and almost had him out. However, Ramirez hung in there, even landing hard right hands to the head. In the final round, Luna pinned Ramirez against the ropes and stunned him with a right hand. Luna followed up with a combination as Ramirez had his back against the ropes, prompting referee Ray Corona to step in and stop the bout at 2:12. Luna, from Whittier, CA, goes to 10-0, 8 KOs. Ramirez, from Laredo, TX, falls to 6-12-1, 3 KOs.
Super welterweight Giovanny Rodriguez won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Cleven Ishe. The southpaw Rodriguez was the busier fighter, lading left hands to the head of Ishe, who tried to land punches after attempting to charge inside of Rodrigeuz’s guard. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Rodriguez, 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55. The Puerto Rican-born Rodriguez goes to 7-0, 4 KOs, while Ishe, from Watts, CA, drops to 3-8, 1 KO.
Lightweight Jonathan Maicelo won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Wilfred Acuna. Maicelo dropped the southpaw Acuna with a straight right hand to the head midway through the first round. After getting up, Acuna spent most of the fight on the defensive as Maicelo pressed the action. Although Acuna tried to fight back, he would leave himself wide open after throwing wild left crosses to the head. Maicelo continued countering with straight right hands or right crosses that followed jabs. Referee Ray Corona kept a close eye on Acuna, but Acuna was able to make it until the final bell. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 60-53 in favor of Maicelo, who hails from Callao, Peru, improves to 18-0, 10 KOs. Acuna, from Managua, Nicaragua, drops to 13-12, 10 KOs.
In the opening bout of the card, super bantamweight Glenn Porras won a eight round unanimous decision over Jose Silveira. The southpaw Porras landed the more telling blows. However, his lack of jab made him easy for Silveira to land right uppercuts to his head. Silveira did not make things easier for himself as he backed up against the ropes or in a corner, where Porras dug to his body or head. There were times when Silveira would fight in spurts. However, Porras was much busier and had Porras on the defensive most of the time. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Porras, 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74. Fightnews.com scored the bout 79-73 in favor of Porras, who hails from Mindanao, the Philippines and goes to 27-3, 16 KOs. Silveira, from Kanasin, Mexico, drops to 12-8, 4 KOs.