Perez impressive in Showtime debut

By Raj Sharma


Perez impressive in Showtime debut

Bantamweight contender Yonnhy Perez made the most of his national television debut with an impressive fourth round stoppage of Alexander Fedorov Friday night in Corona, California. The scheduled ten rounder at the Omega Products headlined a Shobox telecast on Showtime.

Fedorov attempted to box and move on Perez, but it didn’t take long for “El Colombiano” to catch up to him. By the second round, Perez was catching the Russian with solid rights set up by the left hook.

Perez used hooks to the body to set up the right upstairs in the third, and appeared to stun Fedorov in the last few seconds of the round. After a Perez combo rocked Fedorov in the fourth, referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the bout at the 44-second mark of the round. Perez, fighting out of Santa Fe Springs, California, by way of Cartagena, Colombia, improves to 14-0(11). Fedorov, who was making his stateside debut, slips to 18-4-1(10).

In the co-feature, former amateur standout Mickey Bey Jr. needed less than two rounds to starch the usually durable Castulo Gonzalez. The junior lightweight contest was scheduled for eight rounds.

Bey’s quickness proved too much for Gonzalez. The Cleveland resident was able to beat Gonzalez to the punch when the two exchanged before finishing off his foe with a plethora of left hooks in the second.

A left hook put Gonzalez on the seat of his pants early in the round, and the Guatemalan expatriate arose only to be knocked down again moments later. After Gonzalez got up, Bey followed up with roughly a half-dozen hooks before Jose Cobian stepped in. Official time was 1:41. Bey, who made the 2004 Olympic team but was unable to compete because of pneumonia, improves to 9-0(6). Gonzalez is now 9-4(3).

Fans in attendance at the Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing co-promotion were treated to more world class action on the undercard. Former world title challenger Luis Maldonado earned another chance at glory with a twelve round unanimous decision over Sergio Espinoza in a flyweight title elimination bout. Official scores were 115-113 twice and 119-109 for the victor, who will now face IBF champion Nonito Donaire. Maldonado was stopped by then IBF flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan in June 2006.

In other bouts, heavyweight prospect Bowie Tupou used a consistent body attack to wear down and stop Harvey Jolley in two rounds. Bantamweights Victor Proa and Oscar Andrade drew over eight rounds, and in the walkout bout Donell Holmes eked by scrappy Billy Zumbrun with a split decision in a heavyweight eight rounder. A left hook to the body dropped Zumbrun in the sixth round.