Herrera Stuns Ghvamichav, While Perez Pushes On

By Francisco Salazar

Two years ago today, Alejandro Perez was two days removed from losing a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision to Diego Magdaleno.

Perez went from a bright prospect to what some may consider being a gatekeeper between the featherweight and super featherweight divisions in a span of six fights. Aside from the defeat to Magdaleno, Perez also had loses to Adolfo Landeros and Rico Ramos.

What a difference these two years makes. Perez looks like he is coming to his own again and could possibly be lining him towards a big fight in the near future.

Perez stopped Edgar Riovalle in the seventh round of a scheduled 10 round bout before an overflow crowd at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, CA.

The bout headlined a 10 bout card presented by Top Rank and Bash Boxing.

Perez has now put together a three-fight winning streak. The sky may be the limit for Perez, as he competes in a (super featherweight) division that has few major players.

Riovalle came to fight, hanging in there and being most effective in the pocket. He was able to land an occasional hook or cross, but Perez was in command during most of the fight.

As the bout progressed, Perez began to dig to the body of Riovalle. Just when it looked as though Riovalle would last all 10 rounds, Perez landed a vicious left hook to the body, sending Riovalle down to the canvas in a fetal position. Referee Dr. Lou Mote saw enough and waved the fight over at 1:14.

Where Perez goes from here remains to be seen. Do not be surprised if Perez fights another fight that could be televised on UniMas or ESPN2 later this year. If he wins out, he could fight in a bout at a larger scale at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014.

Perez, from Salinas, CA, goes to 18-3-1, 12 KOs. Riovalle, from Mexico City, DF, Mexico, falls to 35-15-2, 25 KOs.

Rodrgiuez stops Coca
In the televised opening bout, featherweight Saul Rodriguez stopped Dominic Coca after the third round of a six round bout.

Coca started well in the opening round, going to the body. Rodriguez looked for openings, trying at times to load up on one punch. As the bout progressed, Rodriguez began letting his hands go more. Coca at times would be on the defensive, backing up at times.

Halfway through the third round, Rodriguez (10-0-1, 7 KOs) hurt Coca with a right hand. Coca went on the defensive, holding on to Rodriguez on the inside. Rodriguez continued to land punches flush onto Coca (8-4, 2 KOs), but was not able to drop him to the canvas until the bell sounded.

After the round ended, Coca's corner advised referee Jerry Cantu that their fighter was unable to continue, thus declaring Rodriguez the winner.

Ao scores one-punch KO
Former world title holder Takahiro Ao scored a spectacular one-punch knockout over Hardy Paredes (16-12, 10 KOs) in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout.

After a feeling out opening round, Ao (24-3-1, 11 KOs) dropped Paredes with a right hook to the head in second round. Paredes got up and tried to fight back. However, moments later, Ao knocked Paredes out onto his back with a counter right hand to the head. Referee Wayne Hedgepeth immediately waved the fight over at 2:51.

Herrera upsets Ghvamichav
In a minor upset, welterweight Alberto Herrera won a close six round split decision over Levan Ghvamichav.

Ghvamichav would beat Herrera (9-9-1, 5 KOs) to the punch in the first half of the fight, repeatedly and consistently landing right hands to the head. In the second half of the fight, Ghvamichav (10-1, 8 KOs) started slowing down, allowing Herrera to take initiative and land more to the head and body. One judge scored the bout 58-56 for Ghvamichav, but the other two judges scored the bout 58-56 for Herrera. scored the bout 57-57.

Dorticos overwhelms Barr
Cruiserweight Yuniel Dorticos stopped Keith Barr in the second round of a scheduled eight round bout.

Dorticos (15-0, 15 KOs) was on the attack from the beginning, going to the body of Barr. Dorticos dropped Barr (10-3, 3 KOs) with a left hook in the first round and twice more in the second, the last a right to the stomach. Referee Dr. Lou Moret saw enough and waved the fight over at 1:19.

McCumby stops Rodriguez early
Light heavyweight Trevor McCumby stopped Reynaldo Rodriguez in the first round of a scheduled four round bout.

McCumby (12-0, 10 KOs) backed Rodriguez up against the ropes, where he threw a series of punches. A few punches connected onto Rodriguez (6-7-1, 3 KOs), prompting him to sit on the bottom rope. McCumby followed up, throwing and landing two more punches, prompting referee Wayne Hedgepeth to step in at 29 seconds.

Shabransky decisions gutsy Morgan
Cruiserweight Vyacheslav Shabransky won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over D'Quan Morgan (3-2-1 1NC, 3 KOs).

Shabransky was much busier, throwing and landing to Morgan's body. Even though Shabransky (9-2-1, 4 KOs) was busier, he did not always connect with his punches. Morgan came on in the fifth round as Shabransky slowed down. However, Morgan gassed in the final round, allowing for Shabransky to land at will. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Shabransky, 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.

Ruiz stops Cupul
In the walkout bout of the evening, super bantamweight Erik Ruiz stopped Pablo Cupul prior to the start of the fifth round of a scheduled six round bout.

Ruiz (9-0, 4 KOs) used a more disciplined attack to beat Cupul to the punch. Although both were wide with their punches, Cupul (8-12, 5 KOs) was much wider, allowing Ruiz to connect more. As the bout progressed, Ruiz, who is trained by Robert Garcia, landed more at will, even cutting Cupul below the left eye. It looked as though Ruiz had Cupul hurt in the fourth round, more than likely giving Cupul’s corner to tell referee Jerry Cantu that their fighter was not able to continue.

Duran overwhelms Briones
Featherweight Pedro Duran (2-0, 2 KOs) scored a first round technical knockout over Anthony Briones. The taller Duran dropped Briones face first with an accumulation of punches to the head. When Briones (0-2) made no effort to get up, referee Wayne Hedgepeth waves the fight over at 2:06.

Wohlman decisions Avelar
Welterweight Zachary Wohlman won a one-sided four round unanimous decision over Omar Avelar (2-8, 1 KO). All three judges, including, scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Wohlman, who now improves to 5-1-1, 1 KO.

- Junior welterweight contender Brandon Rios, featherweight world title holder Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia, unbeaten junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan, welterweight contender Chris Van Heerden, junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera, and welterweight Alfonso Gomez took in the action from ringside.

- Because of the demand for tickets, an additional 200 seats were added a few days prior to the day of the fight.

- Ring announcer was Lupe Contreras.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since September and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper. He could be reached by email at [email protected] or on twitter at Salazar_soccer

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