Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. - In a crossroads fight, veteran Freddy Hernandez (34-8, 22 KOs) won a solid ten round unanimous decision over Alfredo 'El Perro' Angulo (24-6, 20 KOs) battling The fight took place at super middleweight, which is well above the norm for both boxers. The scores were 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.
After taking another tough loss, to a mid-tier fighter in Hernandez, Angulo must now sit down and ponder the future of his career. He has now lost four of his last six fights.
There was no feeling out process in the first round. They were trading big punches early and Hernandez was landing good, accurate punches on Angulo - who was looking for a street fight. Hernandez was doing well by timing the slower Angulo, who still has issues with keeping a tight defense when counters are raining back.
Hernandez was using movement and landing solid punches in the third, which had Angulo frustrated. Angulo continued to press forward, walking through the shots and looking for a big shot to change the pace. A big combination at the end of that round, by Hernandez, caught Angulo's attention and pushed him back to the ropes.
Angulo was landing some decent shots, but they weren't have the same effect as they did at junior middleweight. Hernandez seemed to hurt Angulo near the end of the fourth with a hook to the body and followed that up with a big combination. Hernandez's left hand was hitting the target with few issues.
Angulo was relentless with the pressure, coming forward and throwing some big shots - but few were landing and he was taking a lot of counters for his trouble. At the end of the fifth, Angulo started coming on and opened up a cut around the left eye of Hernandez with a big right hand. The sixth was pretty even, with Angulo making Hernandez cut a little worse near the end with yet another big right.
Hernandez controlled a tough seventh with his boxing ability and accurate punching. Angulo was trying to work his way back in the eight, but he was unable to really buckle Hernandez with any punches. A close ninth with Hernandez's output dropping as Angulo continued to look for a big shot to change the fight. Hernandez was still working hard and landing solid punches that Angulo was unable to get away from.
They were trading on the inside in the tenth and final round. Hernandez was a bloody mess from the cut and wasn't taking a step back. Angulo continued to press forward, but he was getting hit with a lot of punches as he came inside.
2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (19-0, 9 KOs) had all he could handle in winning a majority decision over Steve Martinez (16-3, 13 KOs) in a ten round super welterweight fight. The scores were 95-95, 97-93, 97-93.
They fought on the inside from the early start. Martinez spent most of his time going to the body and Gausha was landing solid punches to the head. Gauhsa's jab was a good weapon as he shot it right down the center to keep Martinez at range for other shots. The harder and more accurate punches of Gausha were pushing Martinez back when they landed.
Martinez continued to have his moments with hard shots of his own, especially to the body. Gausha would also answer back with punches of his own. In the sixth round, Gausha was holding often when Martinez pressed forward with those hard body shots. At the same time Martinez was leaving himself wide open to counters.
The fight was really tightening up in the second half, with Martinez applying a lot pressure with non-stop aggression and had little trouble pushing back Gausha to the ropes. They were trading some big punches in the ninth round on even terms. The final round had both of them letting their tanks clean out with hard combinations flowing free. Both were connecting, but it was Gausha with the crisper punches.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Gausha was a decorated amateur who won gold medals at the U.S. National Championships in 2009 and 2012 and represented the US as part of the 2012 Olympic Team. The 28-year-old turned pro in 2012.
In 2015 he earned victories over Norberto Gonzalez, Luis Grajeda, Eliezer Gonzalez and Said El Harrak before making his 2016 debut with a victory over Orlando Lora.
The 26-year-old Martinez recently stopped Jorge Melendez in the second round.