Hector Perez is a natural cruiserweight who was 29 pounds lighter than Juan Torres entering their heavyweight fight Tuesday night.
Perez took Torres’ power well, though, and soundly out-boxed the poorly conditioned, 250-pound southpaw to win a six-round unanimous decision at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. Judges Eric Cheek (60-54), Patricia Morse-Jarman (60-54) and Ricardo Ocasio (59-55) each scored their unremarkable bout for Perez by wide distances.
The 29-year-old Perez, of Tamarac, Florida, improved to 6-3. The 33-year-old Torres, of Cypress, Texas, slipped to 5-3-1.
Perez’s victory came in the third of four fights ESPN aired as part of the Joshua Greer Jr.-Mike Plania undercard.
Torres pursued Perez for much of the final round, but he couldn’t hurt Perez
Perez and Torres traded hard shots inside early in the fifth round. A stiff jab by Perez caught Torres when his hands were down just before the midway mark of the fifth round.
Perez hit Torres with a right hand below the belt that caused a break in the action with 34 seconds remaining in the fifth round.
Neither fighter was especially effective in the fourth round, when both boxers appeared tired.
Torres caught Perez with a right hook in an exchange during the final minute of the third round. Torres also nailed Perez with a counter left to the side of Perez’s head later in the third.
A right hand by Perez kept Torres from coming forward 1:10 into the second round. Torres slipped to the canvas while throwing a left hand with 1:10 to go in the second round.
Perez clipped Torres with a crisp combination just before the second round ended.
Perez and Torres fought inside for most of the first round, when Perez landed a couple short right hands as Torres leaned forward.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
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