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Full Report: Perez-Escalante

By Robert Hough

Alejandro Perez (15-2-1, 10KOs) blasted Antonio Escalante (24-4, 15 KOs), getting the knockout at 2:57 of the opening round in a TeleFutura-televised fight at the Fairfield Sports Center in Fairfield, Calif.
Both junior lightweights were coming off losses and came to fight, immediately establishing a brisk pace and entertaining the announced sell-out crowd of 1,000. Escalante started effectively, landing left hooks to the body as Perez stalked him. The Salinas, Calif., fighter landed little of consequence as he pressed forward, but he ended it with one right. Escalante, coming off a third-round knockout loss to Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-3, 34 KOs) in September, went down instantly and referee Edward Collantes pointed out that the fighter from El Paso, Texas, hit his head on the canvas when he fell.

“I heard his head hit the canvas, it was loud, and I started counting, but when I got to six, he was clearly disoriented so I stopped it right away.”

Perez, coming off a November decision loss to Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs), said he expected to finish Escalante, but he expected it to come later in the 10-round fight.

“I wasn’t surprised to get the knockout, but I was surprised it came so fast,” he said. “I planned to knock him out around the sixth round, but I saw the opportunity and I took it,” he said.

McCumby batters Ortiz

Light heavyweight Trevor McCumby’s number of amateur victories exceeded the number of seconds he needed to get his second pro win. McCumby (2-0, 2 KOs), an 18-year-old Golden Boy Promotions fighter with a 138-11 amateur record, wiped out Nathan Ortiz (0-2) in 73 seconds. McCumby, from Glendale, Ariz., overwhelmed the Crystal River, Fla., fighter wih a barrage of punches before the fight was stopped at 1:13 of the first round.

Coronel edges Musquez

San Jose Calif., light middleweight Clint Coronel (4-1-2, 1 KO) earned a split decision over Carlos Musquez (3-5, 3 KOs), from Sacramento, Calif., in a sluggish six-round fight. Scores were 58-56 for each fighter and 59-56 for Coronel.

Morales dominates Pantoja

Super bantamweight Roman Morales (2-0, 1 KO), from San Ardo, Calif., easily beat Danny Pantoja (0-4-2), from Fairfield, Calif., in a four-round fight, getting the decision by 40-36 on the cards.

Avila hammers Gutierrez

Super bantamweight Manuel Avila (3-0 2KOs), an 18-year-old signed by Golden Boy Promotions, dropped Frank Gutierrez (2-9-2, 1 KO) three times and finished him in the second round, earning a technical knockout. The Highland, Calif., fighter was no match for the Fairfield, Calif., prospect.

Robb decisions Morales

In the night’s last bout, lightweights Guy Robb (3-0, 1 KO) and Manuel Morales (0-1) battled like their lives depended on it in a maximum-action four-round fight and Robb, from nearby Sacramento, Calif., got a majority decision over Morales, from Chino, Calif., 40-36 on two cards, 38-38 on the third. Both fighters battled hard and just about constantly.

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