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Johan Perez Edges Steve Forbes in Hard Fought Battle

By Jake Donovan

Johan Perez didn't looks spectacular, but managed to do just enough to take a majority decision over  Stevie Forbes in their 10-round welterweight main event Saturday evening at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Perez (16-1-1, 12KO) struggled throughout the contest, with Forbes giving a much better account of himself than most expected of the 35-year old. The close fight was properly reflected on the scorecards, with a 95-95 tie on one card overruled by cards of 96-94 and 97-93, with Perez eking out a hard-fought decision.

Naturally, Forbes believed he was robbed. The faded former 130 lb. titlist generally believes this to be the case whenever he's involved in a marginally close fight that goes the distance. On this particular evening, he perhaps has a valid argument. 

However, the veteran suffers his fourth straight loss, falling to 35-12 (11KO).

The bout headlined the first card of a new deal between Golden Boy Promotions and the BB&T Center, as part of a series to air on Fox Deportes.

In undercard action, 2012 U.S. Olympic middleweight Terrell Gausha (2-0, 2KO) scored his second knockout in as many pro fights with a 1st round stoppage of Kenneth Taylor Schmitdz (2-6-1, 1KO). No knockdowns were scored, but Gausha battered his hapless opponent into submission at 1:42 of the opening round.

Local middleweight Tracy Rollins (4-0, 2KO) made quick work of pro debuting Jose Angel Sanchez (0-1). Three knockdowns forced a stoppage at 2:29 of round one. 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray Corso on 01-13-2013

I watched and Stevie did very well especially at the end. Its not easy for a vet like him to fight these younger guys who usually show more than he does at the end but Stevie did great! I thought…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 01-13-2013

[quote=PBP] This was a good card. Forbes fought well. I thought he was shot but this is the best I've seen him look in a while. I had it a draw but have no problem with Perez winning. [/quote] I…

Comment by nycsmooth on 01-13-2013

ok card that I hope gets better but I guess this GBP's east coast version..the one judge, Young, was too generous @ 7-3...FL judges having trouble lately with consistenct in the scoring...last weeks was awful on espn...

Comment by dblaze9 on 01-13-2013

[QUOTE=PBP;12912418]This was a good card. Forbes fought well. I thought he was shot but this is the best I've seen him look in a while. I had it a draw but have no problem with Perez winning.[/QUOTE] I agree 100%.…

Comment by FightersRep on 01-13-2013

Good card.

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