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Perez beats Forbes by majority decision

By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Marco Perez/

With former world champion Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield sitting ringside, former interim WBA light welterweight champion Johan “El Terrible” Perez (16- 1-1, 12 KOs) of Venezuela scored a majority decision victory against former IBF super featherweight champion Stevie “2 Pounds” Forbes (35-12, 11 KOs) in the main event of Golden Boy Promotion’s Boxing Series from the BB&T Center in Sunrise Florida tonight.

Forbes caught Perez early and often with counter left hooks that caused a mouse to form outside the Venezuelan’s right eye beginning in the second round and seemed to be boxing beautifully against the aggressive-punching Perez. The smaller Forbes dug flurries to Perez’s body and smartly-placed counter shots upstairs despite Perez landing effective overhand rights. Forbes picked off the bulk of Perez’s shots with his gloves and movement, allowing him to set up his own scoring blows.

Forbes had a big sixth round, raining overhand rights and left hooks on Perez, forcing him to get on his bicycle and reset his attack. Perez kept coming forward with heavy-handed shots in the seventh, repeatedly eating left hooks in reply. In the tenth and final round, Perez drew blood over Forbes’ right eye as he continued to load up on his aggressive and persistent attack. Judges recognized his aggressiveness with scores of 97-93, 96-94 and 95-95.

Former 2012 US Olympic middleweight Terrell Gausha (2-0, 2 KOs) of Cleveland wasted little time in dispatching opponent Kenneth Taylor Schmitz (2-6, 1 KO) of San Diego in their originally-scheduled four-round bout. Gausha cornered Schmitz and unloaded a counter left hook-straight right to get his attention and then backed him to the opposite corner where he landed at will. The defenseless Schmitz had no answer and referee Sam Burgos stepped in to prevent further damage at 1:42 of the opening round.

Undefeated southpaw light heavyweight prospect Thomas “Top Dog” Williams (12-0, 9 KOs) of Maryland made a bloody mess of opponent Jason Smith (8-2, 6 KOs) in their Fox Sports-televised co-main event from the BB&T Center in Sunrise Florida. The wild-swinging affair found Smith shooting right hands to William’s body, eating right hooks and left crosses for his troubles. Severe redness appeared on the right side of Smith’s face midway through the round but he gamely came forward talking trash. In the second round Williams added more redness to Smith’s face, this time with a savage right hook-straight left that knocked him back to the ropes with blood pouring from the bridge of his nose. Although Smith made it to the bell, Williams resumed the assault to begin the third, teeing off with right hooks and counter right uppercuts. Smith’s garish, grinning face took another barrage of uppercuts that dropped him to the canvas and he waited for referee Frank Gentile to count to nine before rising. Another combination to the body and right, left uppercuts mercifully ended things as Smith fell again to the deck, forcing Gentile to wave it off at 1:56 of the third round.

In the battle of “Jhonson & Johnson” at the BB& T Center in Sunrise, recent Acquinity Sports acquisition Yudel Jhonson (13-1, 8 KOs) survived a spirited attack from Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (13-10-3, 4 KOs) to score a unanimous-decision nod in their light middleweight contest. Golden Boy Promotion’s six-bout card came to life as former 2004 Cuban Silver Medalist Yudel Jhonson traded shot-for-shot with the determined last-minute replacement from Escondido California. “Fly Boy” stormed ahead through most of the bout with heavy-handed, wild shots that occassionally landed with great effect. However, the southpaw Cuban’s extensive amateur career allowed him to duck and slip most of the damage and counter effectively with three and four-punch combos. All three judges saw the bout identically, granting Yudel scores of 78-74.

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