Michael Perez Earns Split Decision
Victory Over Marcelino Lopez
Photos: Emily Harney - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Battling to stay in the super lightweight championship
hunt, Michael "The Artist" Perez (25-2-2, 11 KOs) of
Newark, NJ defeated tough Argentine Marcelino "Nino"
Lopez (32-2-1, 17 KOs) by controversial split decision
Thursday night in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on
ESPN from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New
York. Despite Lopez knocking Perez down in the 8th, the
judges awarded Perez the victory in the 10-round fight
with scores of 96-93, 97-92, 93-96.
"I won the fight for sure," said Perez. "My plan was to
go in and box him, and work him with my jab. I knew I
won, but know I could've been better if I had more rest
before. Next time I fight, I'm going to the best I can
In the evenly matched 10-round co-main event Rashidi
"Speedy" Ellis (18-0, 12 KOs) of Boston, MA kept his
undefeated record intact and returned home with his IBF
North American Welterweight championship defeating
Caguas, Puerto Rico's John Karl Sosa (13-3, 6 KOs) by
majority decision. The judges awarded Ellis the victory
with scores of 95-95, 97-93, 97-93.
"In the fight, I worked on my jabs and punches the
most," said Ellis. "I'm happy with the decision, but I
know my opponent got to me in a lot of the rounds. In
the end, I gave it my all."
"I was planning on going in to defeat him," said Sosa.
"My corner kept telling me to move, and I listened. I
felt the fight was much closer than the judges scored
Austin, Texas' Travell "Black Magic" Mazion (11-0, 11
KOs) proudly -- and quickly -- announced his return to
boxing after a lengthy hiatus, landing a devastating
left hook body shot that knocked out opponent Juan "Burbuja"
Jesus Rivera (28-18, 18 KOs) at 2:36 of the first round
of a super welterweight contest that was scheduled for
four to six rounds.
"I wasn't going in for the knockout, I just wanted to
get back in the ring and box him," said Mazion. "I'm
happy the knockout came, and I'm excited to be back."
Returning to the fight game after a first-round loss
last December, Eddie "E-boy" Gomez (20-2, 11 KOs) of The
Bronx, New York earned a unanimous decision victory over
Dennis "The Menace" Dauti (14-2, 7 KOs) in an
eight-round welterweight fight. The judges awarded Gomez
the victory with scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 79-73.
"I love fighting on the East Coast in front of all my
family, friends and fans," said Gomez. "In boxing, there
are always ups and downs, but I'm just glad to be back
and have the victory tonight."
In his much anticipated return bout from his first
defeat, Vyacheslav "Lionheart-Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy
(18-1, 15 KOs) of Los Angeles scored knockdowns in each
of the first two rounds against Larry "Hitman" Pryor
(10-15, 5 KOs), with the latter ending the fight at :54
seconds of the second round.
"Tonight, I was really excited to get in and fight,"
said Shabranskyy. "I went in to win and to show everyone
Chingonskyy is back and better than ever."
Kicking off fight night, local Syracuse, New York
fighter Jimmy Garcia (5-0, 3 KOs) retained his
undefeated record, knocking out fellow light heavyweight
Albert Tulley (0-1) of Governor, New York with a
punishing body shot at the 1:46 mark of the first round.
"My plan was to go in there to box and win," said Garica.
"I did just that by outboxing him whenever he went at
me. Every time I hit him, I hit back and it worked."