By Ryan Burton
Texas Station Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada - Alejandro Perez (20-3) of Salinas, Calif. had a tougher time than expected against Juan Carlos Martinez (19-15), and lost out on a title shot versus WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters on May 31st in Macau, China. The final tallies were 96-93 Perez, 96-93 and 96-93 for Martinez. Perez had been the mandatory challenger for Walters prior to the loss.
Both men felt each other out in an uneventful first round. The action heated up in the 2nd as both fighters exchanged leather. Perez was the stronger fighter as he smiled off Martinez's shots and landed his own power punches. The third round followed a similar pattern.
Martinez landed the better shots in the 4th round which seemed to wake up Perez as he came out with a greater sense of urgency in the 5th round and started throwing more combinations to dominate the round
The gritty Martinez came back strong in the 6th to win the round comfortably. Perez suffered a cut above his left eye at the end of the round due to an accidental head butt.
Both fighters came out strong in the 7th as they exchanged several big punches. The blood began trickling into his eye early in the round and would bother him throughout the duration of the fight.
The 8th and 9th round were also close. While Martinez didn't have the power to hurt Perez, he was able to frustrate him and smother most of Perez's offense and land his own shots.
Both fighters came out with a sense of urgency in the 10th and final round. An early low blow by Perez prompted referee Russell Mora to deduct a point. Perez had been warned earlier for landing punches south of the border.
Vic Pasillas improved his record to 7-0 by defeating Jerry Guevara (8-2) via unanimous decision. Pasillas started landing at will in the 5th round and came out strong hurts Guevara on several occasions. Guevara went in survival mode to make it to the final bell. The final tallies read 60-54 three times.
2012 US Olympian Jose Ramirez (9-0) had a very impressive performance against Boyd Henley (10-4-1) in the Solo Boxeo televised opener. The difference in hand speed was evident early on as Ramirez had his overmatched opponent in trouble on several occasions.
Henley was game but simply took too many big shots which prompted referee Robert
Byrd to stop the fight at the 2:35 mark of the 3rd round.
"Henley was strong and had a lot of heart. 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 said.
Former champion Brian Viloria (33-4) shook off the rust to win an unanimous decision over his overmatched opponent Juan Herrera (9-8). The scores read 98-92 twice and 97-93.
Viloria established his jab early on to control the tempo but was hesitant to throw combinations. He tried to load up on his shots with limited success.
In the fifth round Viloria started to let his hands go and landed several uppercuts and hooks but wasn't able to seriously hurt Herrera.
Herrera was able to land some clean shots but lacked the power to hurt Viloria. The Hawaiian Punch landed several clean shots but outside of the fifth round, most were single punches.
Villoria hadn't fought since his April 2013 loss to Juan Estrada. This fight served as a tune up for Viloria's May 31st return in Macau.
Blue chip featherweight prospect Toka Kahn Clary improved his record to 11-0 by stopping Chris Lopez (7-2) at the 0:18 mark of the 4th round. Khan Clary dropped Lopez in the third round and put him away with a furious exchange in the 4th.
Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas (5-0, 4 KOs) of Lithuania made his Top Rank debut and blew away James Harrison (3-6-1, 1 KO) in 73-seconds of their welterweight bout. Kavaliauskas represented Lithuania at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics Games.