By John Cannon at ringside
Unbeaten super bantamweight Sergio Perales (14-0, 8 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Josimar Olivares (15-3) on Friday night at Casa de Amistad in Harlingen, Texas. In the co-feature, middleweight Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-2, 21 KOs) made his triumphant return to the Rio Grande Valley after fighting out of the area for two years and certainly did not disappoint his fans, kayoing Jose Medina in three.
Perales used his hand speed to his advantage as he kept popping Olivares with lighting quick shots to the head area. Also, Perales’s speed did not allow Olivares to get off a clean shot through three rounds. Perales caught Olivares with powerful right hands to the face in the fourth round that stunned him. Olivares responded back at the end of the fourth round as he caught Perales with an uppercut that caused a small cut above his right eye. Perales came alive in the sixth round as he continued to work the head area of Olivares with combinations and pure hand speed. Olivares rocked Perales with a right hand that hurt him halfway through the sixth. But Perales countered with a right cross and sent Olivares crashing to the canvas. Olivares was out cold as the referee stopped the fight at the 2:47 mark of the sixth round.
“La Amenaza” Garcia was chopping down Jose Medina (15-18) in the first two rounds as he continued to work the body with power shots. Garcia threw a flurry of punches to the face which hurt Medina in the third round. Medina eventually fell into the ropes after Garcia caught him with a straight right in the third round. Medina attempted to get up and answer he eight count, but was wobbly and the referee ended up stopping the fight at the 2:57 mark of the third round. Winner by TKO, Garcia.
Middleweight Raul Casarez (14-2, 7 KOs) threw thunderous hooks to the face of Efren Diaz in the first round which caused Diaz to bleed from the mouth. Cazarez dropped Diaz to the canvas with an overhand right in the second round, causing the referee to stop the fight at the 2:22 mark. Winner by TKO, Casarez.
Bantamweight Jerry Guevara (3-0) won a four round unanimous decision over Edson Renteria (0-3). Scores were 39-37, 40-36, 40-36.
Super flyweight Jordan Washington (1-1) dropped Ivan Rios (0-3) twice in the second round with right hooks, causing the referee to stop the fight at the 1:56 mark. winner by TKO, Washington.
Junior middleweight Jevon Borsseau (3-4) outpointed Gerardo Alvarado (1-8) over four by scores of 40-36, 40-36, 40-36.
The card was promoted by Julio Marines Promotions.