Victorious On ESPN Friday Night Fights
By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Darley Perez 26-0, 19KOs
earns a hard fought split decision victory against
Bahodir Mamadjonov 11-1, 7KOs in the main event of
ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights,” hosted by Gary Shaw
Promotions at the Morongo Casino and Resort in Cabazon,
CA. The ten round lightweight scrap was hotly contested.
Judge Carla Caiz scored the bout 95-94 for Mamadjonov
while Max DeLuca and Daniel Sandoval both scored the
bout for Darley Perez with scores of 96-93 and 95-94
It was clear from the
outset of the bout that it was going to be a strategic
one; a classic battle between a conventional fighter in
Darley Perez and a southpaw in Bahodir Mamadjonov.
Darley’s strategy in the opening round seemed focused on
his left hook, which landed sporadically. Mamadjonov’s
style was difficult to figure out. It took Darley a
while to get settled in front of the southpaw. He was
even rocked by a looping left hook in round number two,
but managed to survive the blow after being vividly
unsteady on his feet.
Darley Perez, 28, came
into his own in round number four where he managed to
put together a nice combo for the first time in the
fight. The former Colombian Olympian went on to land a
damaging right hook, which hurt his foe in round number
five. Perez continued to build momentum as the fight
progressed and Mamdjonov slowed. He scored the only
knockdown of the fight with a fluid right uppercut in
round number seven. The championship rounds where close;
however, it was Darley Perez who landed the more
effective blows on route to a split decision victory.
Chris Avalos Continues To Win
Chris “The Hit Man”
Avalos 20-2, 15KOs defeats Yenifel Vicente 23-1-2, 15KOs
in the televised co-featured bout. The ten round junior
featherweight fight went the distance. Judge’s Max
DeLuca, Carla Caiz, and Daniel Sandoval all scored the
Chris Avalos, 22, began
the fight strong. The Lancaster native controlled the
bout with his stick, throwing two at a time and
following up with menacing straights. He used his length
well, but never shied away from fighting inside.
Yenifel Vicente came
into tonight’s bout undefeated. The smaller and more
compact fighter packed some punch and forced Chris
Avalos into a real scrap as seen in round number four.
Avalos countered, walked through some heavy artillery
and landed a perfectly placed left hook for his only
knockdown in the former part of round number five.
Avalos continued to work behind his stick to dominate
the latter half of the bout and earn the unanimous
Jonathan Maicelo Remains Unbeaten
Jonathan Maicelo 18-0,
10KOs dismantled Wilfredo Acuna 13-12-0, 4KOs in an
eight round lightweight scrap. Puerto Rico’s Maicelo
immediately made his presence known by scoring his first
knockdown in round one with a powerful right. The Gary
Shaw backed fighter continued to feed Acuna a steady
diet of powerful straights. He also worked in some nice
bodywork followed by clean left uppercuts.
It’s important to
mention Wilfredo Acuna’s valor. He endured some serious
punishment and never quit. Unfortunately, valor does not
always equate to winning in the fight game. Judge’s Max
Deluca, Carla Caiz, and Daniel Sandoval all scored the
bout 60-53 for Jonathan Maicelo.
Glenn Porras Decisions Silveira
Glenn Porras 27-2-0,16KOs defeats Jose Silveira 12-8-0,
4KOs in an eight round super bantamweight scrap to open
the night’s action. Porras earned a unanimous decision
victory with two scores of 79-73 while the remaining
judge had it 78-74.
Geovanny Rodriguez Outclasses Clevan Ishe In Six
Puerto Rico’s Geovanny Rodriguez 7-0, 4KOs earns a
unanimous decision victory against Clevan Ishe 3-7-0,
1KO in a six round light middleweight bout.
Alejandro Luna Walks Through Eddie Ramirez
Alejandro Luna 10-0, 8KOs knocks out Eddie Ramirez
6-11-1, 3KOs in the sixth and final round of their
lightweight fight. Referee Ray Corona stopped the bout 2
minutes, 12 seconds of round six as Eddie Ramirez found
himself out on his feet.