By Jake Donovan
Hot junior lightweight prospect Eloy “The Prince” Perez maintained his winning ways, taking an eight round decision over Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez on Friday night at the Longshoreman Hall in San Francisco, California.
Scores were 80-72 across the board in their Telefutura-televised main event.
What was advertised as a crossroads bout instead became only a moderately entertaining showcase, something that Perez was hoping to avoid as ‘win today, look good the next time’ wasn’t exactly what he had in mind against the 32-year old Gonzalez.
The fight was by no means a rout, but also never reached a point where the threat of an upset ever surfaced. Perez was content to box and pose, while Gonzalez mainly played keep away.
Moments of promise came midway through, when Perez planted his feet and went to work on Gonzalez’ midsection. It was the closest either fighter came to inflicting any sort of damage on the other, though the bout wasn’t without its toe-to-toe exchanges.
As the night wore on, Gonzalez became more aggressive – if not desperate – while Perez fought at a measured pace. It wasn’t as if he wanted to press more than was the case, but was instructed by his corner to keep it strictly to boxing, and to avoid at all costs any type of exchanges that would give his opponent any hope of landing something dramatic.
Luckily for the crowd and the viewers, Perez didn’t completely follow script.
The pace of the eighth and final round suggested that the combatants would simply coast to the finish line and accept the night’s fate for what it was. But that was before Gonzalez began taking risks, enough to where Perez felt compelled to take action.
The reaction from the crowd suggests the reward was well worth the risk.
A right hand just barely missed for Perez, but a clean-up left hook connected in a big way. The shot rocked Gonzalez and seemed to have collectively brought the crowd to its feet in one fell swoop. Perez connected with a right hand moments later, further reminder of the gulf in talent and ability that existed between he and his steppingstone opponent eight years his senior.
The strong finish was precisely what Perez needed as he cruises to 20-0 (5KO). The Californian continues to win, but didn’t exactly blow the boxing world out of the water with his 2010 campaign, which saw an upgrade in competition but somewhat of a leveling off in skill level.
Meanwhile, Gonzalez officially falls from steppingstone to doormat. The loss is his third straight, as he falls to 27-4 (18KO). It wasn’t exactly the royal welcome for which he hoped after a two-year hiatus from the ring. If there’s a moral victory to be gained, it’s that it was his first loss that went to the cards, having been previously stopped by Yuriorkis Gamboa, Cornelius Lock and Jhonny Gonzalez.
With just five knockouts in 21 fights going into the evening, it was doubtful that very many expected Perez to provide similar damage. But by night’s end, he managed to remind the sport why he’s one of the sport’s more promising prospects, which carries just as much bang as any knockout blow.
In the evening’s co-feature, undefeated super bantamweight prospect Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta had an even easier time in his rematch with Genaro Trazancos, forcing his familiar foe to quit on his stool after three rounds.
For a full recap, please click here.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected]
Hot Prospect Eloy Perez Shuts Out Roger Gonzalez
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Joseph Parker Compares Younger Brother To 'Little Mike Tyson' Erik Ruiz Shocks Hanzel Martinez, John Vera Blasts Out Zizic Arum: De La Hoya is Like a Momma in How He Protects Canelo! Upset Alert: Dominguez Stops Payasito Hernandez In Four Petrov Batters Perez For TKO, in Line For Linares-Crolla Winner Mike Lee Drops, Outworks Chris Traietti To Grab Clear Decision Mike Towell Dies From Injuries in Knockout Loss To Dale Evans Joseph Parker's Promoter: Andy Ruiz on Board With The Fight Mauricio Herrera vs. Pablo Cesar Cano on November 18 WBO, WBA Keeping Close Eye on Tyson Fury Cocaine Scandal AIBA Developing Anti-Betting Program For Boxers Photos: Humberto Soto, Daniel Ruiz Prepared For Mexican War Klitschko's Manager: Fury is Most Unworthy Champion in History! Ed Brown, Alejandro Hernandez Ready For Respective Bouts Manny Pacquiao: No Reason To Apologize For Past Drug Use Kovalev, Bellew Backing Cleverly To Overcome Braehmer Nehomar Cermeno's Win Opens The Door For Scott Quigg Clash Peralta Leaves Cab at Home, Heads To Miami With New Coach Photos: Joseph Parker, Alexander Dimitrenko - Ready For War Petrov Talks Linares-Crolla, Promises Fireworks With Perez Tyson Fury Tests Positive For Cocaine! Titles in Jeopardy! Braehmer, Cleverly Make Weight For Long Awaited Clash Mundine Wants To Boycott National Anthem, Eyes Politics Stephen A. Smith on Why Mayweather-Pacquiao 2 is Possible Golovkin's Coach: Ward Fight Impossible - He Couldn't Make 168! Telemundo Weights: Hernandez 122, Dominguez 121 Parker Sees Benefits of Fighting in UK Prior To Joshua Showdown Mike Lee: We've Built Up To This, I'm Ready For It, I'm Excited Bradley: There Are Levels; Vargas Will Find Out Against Pacquiao Billy Joe Saunders vs. Artur Akavov Set For October 22 Adrien Broner vs. Ricky Burns Nearly Finalized For December Roach is Concerned: Pacquiao Looks Tired, Sluggish in Sparring WBC Warns Boxers About Dangers of Consuming Energy Drinks Orlando Cruz: I Won't Rest Until I'm First Gay World Champion! Sanchez: If GGG Breaks Hopkins' Record, Mayweather May Come Chocolatito Drops 112 WBC Belt, Hernandez-Nawaphon Ordered Orlando Salido vs. Takashi Miura Finalized, Dec. 17 on HBO Photos: Mike Lee, Chris Traietti - Ready For Chicago Showdown Jorge Linares Update on Hand Injury, Crolla Rematch Clause Petrov vs. Perez WBA Title Eliminator - Photos, Weights
Latest Boxing Video Video: Bob Arum on Pacquiao Card, Future of PPV, More Video: Pacquiao vs. Vargas Undercard Press Conference Video: Abregu Suffers KO Loss, Opponent Attacked Afterwards! Video: Eddie Hearn on Joshua vs. Klitschko, Fury, DeGale vs. Jack Video: Eddie Hearn Reflects on Crolla's Loss, The Future Video: Anthony Crolla-Jorge Linares Post Fight Press Conference Video: Joseph Parker Putting in Work For Dimitrenko Showdown Video: Joseph Parker Talks Joshua, Dimitrenko, Training Camp Video: Zab Judah Allegedly Drinking, Lies After Car Accident Video: J'Leon Love Discusses Chavez Jr. Fight, Ramirez, More
Recent Top Stories
Latest Active Forum Threads