By Zachary Alapi
Montreal, Canada - Prospect Jamontay Clark (10-0, 6 KOs) rallied from a first-round knockdown to outpoint the rugged Edgar Ortega (16-6, 10 KOs) over six entertaining frames via scores of 58-55 and 58-54 x 2.
Ortega, who took the fight on nine days notice, floored Clark in the opening stanza when a cuffing left hook kept Clark stationary and created an opening for a clubbing right hand that stunned the undefeated prospect.
Clark, to his credit, rallied well and swept the remaining five rounds behind a steady diet of straight left hands. Clark’s advantages in speed and athleticism were stark, but his tendency to pull straight back and fall into throwing combinations created openings for Ortega throughout the fight. Ortega’s right hand was his best weapon, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Clark from backing him into to the ropes and unloading with sharp combinations.
Clark could have thrown more to the body, and he certainly benefited from Ortega rolling his ankle in round four, which forced him to take a knee (after which Clark battered him with a series of punches). Although Ortega taunted Clark over the final two rounds and more than earned his paycheque, Clark deserves credit for taking control of a fight that forced him to dig deeper than expected.
In a battle of unbeaten welterweight prospects, Bryant Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) scored an explosive knockout of David Grayton (14-1, 10 KOs) at 2:19 of the second round.
Grayton was aggressive early, working his way inside as both men exchanged hard volleys of punches. A counter-left hand from Perrella got Grayton’s attention about halfway through the opening stanza, but Grayton’s active lead right hand was employed effectively on the inside in an attempt to smother the rangier Perrella.
Just as the battle between southpaws was shaping up to be a tense, competitive fight, Parrella knocked Grayton down early in the second round with a left hand that appeared to graze the back of Grayton’s head. Although it was hardly a clean knockdown, it set the stage for Perrella’s surgical finish.
Perrella rocked Grayton with a right hook out of his southpaw stance, staggering Grayton who tumbled towards the ropes. A massive left hand from Perrella then sent Grayton stumbling into a corner, where a follow-up barrage brought an end to the fight. In winning, Perrella flashed genuine power and impressive finishing instincts.
Oscar Rivas (19-0, 14 KOs) TKO 1 Jeremy Bates (26-18-1, 22 KOs).
Sebastien Bouchard (13-1, 4 KOs) UD 8 Arnaud Dimidschtein (11-11-2, 3 KOs).
Vislan Dalkhaev (7-0, 2 KOs) UD 8 Javier Franco (25-18-4, 11 KOs).
Dario Bredicean (9-0, 3 KOs) TKO 1 Balazs Horvath (25-18, 6 KOs).
Parnell Fisher (1-1) UD 4 Larami Carmona (1-3).