By John Cannon/www.canvaswarriors.com
Brownsville native Sergio Perales wanted to give something back to his fans who have supported him during his boxing career. Well, he definitely did that as he put together a stellar performance in front of a raucous crowd at the Jacob Brown Auditorium in Brownsville, defeating Columbia’s Jose Garcia Bernal to capture the IBA and WBF Continental Americas belts Saturday night. “I am happy for Brownsville and the fans who paid good money to come out and see a good show and I feel I gave that to them tonight,” said Perales. “My last couple of fights have been first round knockouts and I felt that I did not give the fans a good show. But I was able to give them 10 good rounds and am grateful for that. I needed the work.”
Perales (13-0) nailed Bernal (27-18) with a body shot in the tenth round which sent him to his knees. From there, Perales could smell the kill as he threw a series of combos which put Bernal in the ropes and caused the referee to stop the fight at the 2:06 mark, thus scoring Perales the TKO victory.
Perales knocked down Bernal twice before in the fight, but he answered the eight count both times.
“Bernal is a tough warrior and he can definitely take a punch or two,” said Perales. “Every time he went down I was trying to finish him off. But my trainer Robert Campos told me to slow down and not to rush things. We worked real hard in camp on the late rounds and he wanted me to get some work in tonight. So I slowed down and just waited for the knockout to happen.”
Campos said that winning these belts will do a lot for Perales.
“Winning these titles will help boost up Sergio’s ranking and open some huge doors for him,” said Campos. “Our game plan is basically to defend the title two or three times and then go after the likes of “King Kong” Agbeko at the end of the year. Then in about a year to a year and a half we are going after a world title.”
“But, I am in no rush to move him forward that quickly. Perales is only 22 years old and we are going to move him along slowly.”
In the co-main event, Brownsville’s Jerry Guevara returned to the ring after a year lay-off and looked impressive in his 4th round TKO victory over Mexico’s Marcos Valdez. Guevara (2-0) threw everything but the kitchen sink at Valdez (0-1) and he took it throughout the majority of the fight.
However, Guevara was able to knock down Valdez a few times and the referee finally felt that Valdez had enough at the 2:17 mark of the fourth round.
In earlier action, Mexico’s Gerardo Alvarado and Harlingen’s Hector Garza both scored knockout victories over their opponents and Jose Vasquez of Mexico won his fight by technical knockout.
Also, Weslaco native and Golden Boy prospect Omar Figueroa Jr. and Edinburg’s Raul “El Tigre” Casarez looked impressive in their exhibition fights.