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Journeyman Perez upsets undefeated Harvell

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

In the co-feature of Saturday’s Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA, journeyman light heavyweight Edgar Perez of Chicago, IL by way of Puerto Rico scored two knockdowns en route to a six-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell of Atlantic City, NJ.

Perez, who had a 10-bout losing streak coming into the contest dropped Harvell twice with crushing right hands. The first knockdown came late in the first round and the second came with about a minute left in the third. Harvell was pretty dominant in the second half of the bout as he moved the tiring Perez around the ring with his punches. However, the deficit caused by the knockdowns was too big for Harvell to overcome on the scorecards. Perez won by scores of 57-55 (twice) and 56-55 and received a bonus of $500 from the promoters for his accomplishment.

Perez is now 6-10, three KO’s while Harvell loses for the first time in his career and is now 13-1, seven KO’s.

The main event of the card saw debuting 6’7″ Columbia, MD heavyweight Stan Williamson stop Keanu Braithwaite of North Carolina at 34 seconds of the second round. Williamson’s height was definitely formidable as the much shorter Braithwaite showed more of his back to Williamson than his front trying to avoid Williamson’s punches. Early in the second round, referee Billy Johnson had enough of the proceedings and stopped the contest. Braithwaite was also making his pro debut.

Williamson’s cousin, junior welterweight Bobby Gunn, Jr. of Hackensack, NJ remained undefeated by making short work of debuting Evan Coben of Elkton, MD. Gunn battered Coben around until Malik Waleed stopped the bout at 1:32 of the first round. Gunn is now 4-0, four KO’s.

Fernandina Beach, FL heavyweight Chris Vendola scored a first-round TKO over the debuting Valriquas Bullock of North Carolina. The 44-year-old Vendola raised his record to 6-5, six KO’s.

Also, undefeated Atlanta, GA welterweight D’Andre Smith stopped Nathan Petty of Louisville, KY at 1:44 of the third round to raise his record to 5-0, four KO’s. Petty is now 1-10.

WBC Fecarbox Middleweight champion Tony “Mo Better” Jeter is the head of Jeter Promotions while Dr. Richard Ashby leads RBA Promotions. Jeter handled the matchmaking. The ring announcer was Shaun Parker.

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