The “Artist” Perez Gets Painted
In Golden Boy Promotions Boxing on ESPN
Main Event Split Decision Win Over Lopez!
By: Phil Kane
April 20th, Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York: In the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions card on ESPN2 Newark, New Jersey, lightweight, Michael “The Artist” Perez, picked himself up from an eighth-round knockdown to hang on and battle through to a hard fought ten-round split decision win over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Marcelino Nicolas Lopez.
Looking to rebound from a September KO loss to Russian Petr “Zar” Petrov, Perez started the fight well moving and boxing the aggressive Argentine, getting off first, throwing and landing punches in combination.
Lopez inactive since an October 2015 third round KO win over David Rodela began to find his measure in the second half painting Perez with an active and accurate left putting the New Jerseyan on the canvas with a heavy hook in round eight.
Surviving the eighth round a motivated Perez swelling around both eyes and cut over the right regrouped enough to battle back and out work the free-swinging Lopez in the final round to squeeze out a tough 96-3, Lopez 96-93 times two Perez split decision win. Perez improves to 25-2-2, 11Ko’s as Lopez falls to 32-2-1, 17Ko’s.
In the speed versus power welterweight co-feature, Lynn, Massachusetts, Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis remained unbeaten scoring a tough, back and forth ten round majority decision over Caguas, Puerto Rico’s, John Karl Sosa.
Both fighters leaning to their strengths saw Ellis get off to a “speedy” start as Sosa loading up would find some difficulty finding he mark.
The very agile Ellis would see his success come through his superior hand foot speed while the determined Sosa in hot pursuit would make the best of most of Ellis mental lapses landing clean heavy shots to the head.
Ellis combination of hand speed, movement and some strategic grappling would allow him to hold off the Sosa who would keep things interesting closing the distance landing hard shots, rocking Ellis several times.
Sosa would push the action until the final bell but was out worked by the quicker Ellis who would get the nod when the judges scores were announced 95-95, 97-93 twice for Ellis. Ellis improves to 18-0, 12Ko’s while Sosa on the down swing dropping three straight falls to 13-3, 6Ko’s.
On the undercard:
Brooklyn, New York, welterweight, Eddie Gomez bounced back from a December first round KO loss to Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis scoring an eight round points win over Zurich, Switzerland based Grecian, Dennis “The Spartan” Dauti.
The tactical battle saw the shorter, quicker more active and defensively sound Gomez get creative switching stances manufacturing openings landing the cleaner, sharper punches out landing and out pointing the systematic Dauti for a 79-73, 77-75 times two unanimous decision win. Gomez back on track moves to 20-2, 11Ko’s while Dauti 1-2 in his last three falls to 14-2, 7Ko’s.
In what would become a night of rebounds LA based light heavyweight Ukrainian Vyacheslav “Lion Heart” Shabranskyy returned to his winning and KO ways stopping Frederick, Maryland, “Hitman” Larry Pryor in the second round.
Entering off a December seventh round KO loss to power punching Columbian Sullivan Barrera, Shabranskyy went quantity over quality finally landing a heavy looping rights dropping “The Hitman” in the first and second rounds the later forcing referee Gary Rosato to give the kneeling Pryor a full ten count at 0:54 of round two. Shabranskyy improves to 18-1, 15Ko’s while Pryor 1-7 in his last eight drops to 10-16, 5Ko’s.
Returning from a two-year hiatus Austin, Texas, “blue chip” super welterweight, Travell “Black Magic” Mazion made quick work of Aguascalientes, Mexico journeyman, Juan “Burbuja” Rivera blasting out the made to order Mexican with a drilling body shot at 2:36 of round one. Mazion stays perfect at 11-0, 11Ko’s while Rivera 1-7 in his last eight falls to 28-19, 18Ko’s.
In a four-round preliminary super welterweight bout Syracuse, New York’s, Jimmy Garcia remained unbeaten banging out Macomb, New York’s debuting former MMA fighter Albert Tulley with an up and down two handed attack highlighted by a disabling body shot forcing referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. to wave it over at 1:46 of round one. Garcia moves to 5-0, 3Ko’s while Tully’s unsuccessful pro boxing debut leaves him at 0-1.