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In an huge upset, Juan Carlos Martinez (19-14-1, 6 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round split decksion over WBA #14 super featherweight Alejandro Perez (19-4-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas. Scores were 96-93, 96-93 Martinez, 96-93 for Perez. It was an entertaining two-way slugfest with both fighters having their moments. Perez was deducted a point for a low blow in round ten.
The loss was a costly one for Perez, who had been expected to land a May title shot against WBA world featherweight champion Nicholas Walters in Macao, China.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympian jr welterweight Jose Ramirez (9-0, 7 KOs) scored an impressive second round TKO over Boyd Henley (10-4-1, 9 KOs). Ramirez showed explosive offense prompting referee Robert Byrd to step in even though the game Henley was still fighting back. Time was 2:32. “Henley was strong and had a lot of heart,” said Ramirez after the fight. “Even though I hurt him he kept moving forward was good for me. he was the best fighter I fought. I wanted to go more than one round and this went two. he was a tough guy but I got the win.”
Ramirez fights again in Fresno on May 17
Two-division former world champion Brian Viloria (33-4, 19 KOs) returned to the ring one year after losing his WBO/WBA belts to Juan Francisco Estrada in Macao. The 33-year-old “Hawaiian Punch” hammered out a clear but unspectacular ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Juan Herrera (9-8, 4 KOs) in a flyweight bout. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 97-93.
Unbeaten super featherweight Toka Kahn-Clary moved to 11-0 with 8 KOs after a fourth round stoppage of Chris Lopez (7-2, 2 KOs). Kahn-Clary dropped Lopez late in round three and got the stoppage with an all out assault in the following round.
Unbeaten two-time welterweight Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas (5-0, 4 KOs) needed just 73 seconds to demolish James Harrison (3-6-1, 1 KO).
Unbeaten welterweight Jose Benavidez (19-0, 14 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Prince Doku Jr (16-5, 12 KOs). Scores were 60-54 on all cards.
Unbeaten featherweight Vic Pasillas (7-0, 3 KOs) scored a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Jerry Guevara (8-2-1, 6 KOs). Scores 60-54 on all cards.
Jr middleweight Jaime Herrera (10-3, 6 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over previously unbeaten Michael Finney (12-1, 10 KOs)