Super bantamweight Alejandro Perez wants nothing to do with the first defeat of his professional career. Based on his performance on Saturday night, it looks as though it is the furthest thing on his mind. Perez dropped normally-durable veteran Victor Martinez three times, the final time for good before about 400 at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, CA.
The bout headlined a four-bout “Night of Champions” card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions.
Perez bounced back strong from an eight round split-decision defeat at the hands of Adolfo Landeros in June. Less than three months prior to the Landeros fight, Perez had impressively stopped gatekeeper Omar Adorno in less than a round with vicious body shots.
“The loss did affect me a little,” said Perez, who made his professional debut in August of 2004. “In reality, it helped me a lot because I learned a lot from the loss. I became more motivated to work hard in the gym.”
That hard work in the gym was taken out on a fighter in Martinez who had given unbeaten Wilfredo Vazquez a hard time before being knocked out in the final round in November.
Within the first 20 seconds of the opening bell, Perez dropped Martinez with an overhand right to the chin. Martinez stood up and attempted to fight back, but was on very wobbly legs. Seconds later, Perez landed an accumulation of punches, culminating with a left hand to the head to drop Martinez a second time to the canvas.
It only seemed like a matter of time before Perez would end things. Perez would eventually drop Martinez a third and final time with a left hook to the head. Martinez fell backwards onto the ropes and almost fell through them. Referee Ray Corona waved the fight over at 1:38 of the round.
Perez stated that it was an opening that he saw in Martinez’ defense that allowed him to land his money punch.
“I saw that he fell for the faint. I was able to land the left over his jab. I was able to land that hook and he dropped to the canvas cold.”
Asked about future plans, Perez responded, “122 pounds is my ideal weight. I feel comfortable and strong at this weight.”
According to boxrec.com, Perez has a bout scheduled for May 1st against unbeaten Balweg Bangoyan at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.
Perez, from Salinas, CA, improves to 13-1-1, 8 KO’s. Martinez, from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, falls to 14-5, 10 KO’s.
In the co-feature bout, Lightweight Daniel Hernandez remained unbeaten with a four round unanimous decision over Jaime Rodriguez.
Hernandez used lateral movement to get on the inside of Rodriguez’ defense. Hernandez threw an abundant of punches as the taller Rodriguez attempted to counter to the head. Hernandez continuously landed right hands to the head and was busier as Rodriguez began throwing jabs to the head.
The third round was Rodriguez’ best round as he began to catch Hernandez with right hands to the head. Rodriguez landed a series of right hands to the head as Hernandez came forward.
However, Hernandez controlled the final round of the bout. Hernandez was busier and became more aggressive as Rodriguez began to slow down.
All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Hernandez.
Hernandez, from South Gate, CA, improves to 4-0, 3 KO’s. Rodriguez, from Reno, NV, falls to 4-4-2, 2 KO’s.
Unbeaten Heavyweights Marcus Dickerson and Hildo Silva fought to an entertaining four round majority decision draw.
The smaller Dickerson was the more effective fighter of the two as he was busier and landed more shots to the body in the first half of the fight. Dickerson worked the body of Silva, who threw wild and ineffective punches that rarely landed.
Silva aggressively pressed the action in the final two rounds. He was able to connect to the head, as Dickerson attempted to regroup and counter.
Dickerson began the fourth rounds aggressively dominating the action in the opening minute. After outboxing Silva, he slowed down considerably. Silva pressed the action, chasing Dickerson and throwing wild overhand right and hooks. Dickerson looked hurt in the final 10 seconds of the round, but was able to survive.
One judge scored the bout 39-37 for Dickerson, but was overruled by the other two judges who scored the bout 38-38. Fightnews.com scored the bout 38-38.
Dickerson, from San Diego, CA, goes to 3-0-1, 2 KO’s. Silva, from Mira Loma, CA, goes to 4-0-2, 1 KO.
In a battle of fighters making their professional debuts, Junior Middleweight Alberto Herrera stopped Brandon Harper in the fourth round of a scheduled four round bout.
Herrera was the more polished and busier fighter of the two. Herrera was able to land strong left hooks to the head of Harper from the opening bell.
However, Harper, from Ocean Springs, MS, was able to catch Herrera at times, landing counter right hands to the head. Herrera, from Riverside, CA, was able to work the body of Harper, slowing down the fighter from the south.
After the opening moments of the fourth round, Herrera landed a strong left hook to the head, dropping Herrera face first to the canvas. Harper attempted to get up, but referee Wayne Hedgepeth stopped the bout at 44 seconds of the round.
- A portion of the proceeds from the event were given to former world champion Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez and his documented struggle with cancer. Hernandez, who became a color commentator and punch stat statistician with CompuBox, was present at the event and will use the proceeds for chemotherapy and other forms of treatment.
- Former world champions Martin Castillo, Rodolfo Gonzalez, former contender Armando Muniz, Super Lightweight Jose Lopez, Super Lightweight John Molina, and U.S. Olympian and Middleweight prospect Shawn Estrada took in the action from ringside.
- Next Thompson Boxing Promotions event will take place on Friday, April 17th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. For tickets and information, contact Thompson Boxing at (714) 935-0900.
- Ring announcer was Sonny Franco.
- Prior to the fight card beginning, a 10-count was given to cutman Chuck Bodak and Fernando Franco, Sonny’s father. Fightnews.com sends its heartfelt thoughts and sympathies to their families and friends.