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21 NOVEMBER 2018

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Mikhailenko KO's Perez in Eight

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By Marc Livitz: Dmitri Mikhailenko kept his undefeated record intact with an eighth round stoppage win over Johan Perez for the WBA-NABA welterweight title at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.


Much of the opening round involved periods of guesswork from each side. The two inch height advantage for Perez didn’t seem to hold much weight. Mikhailenko (20-0, 9 KO’s) looked to land the straight right to the abdomen of his Caracas, Venezuela opponent as Johan jabbed high. Dmitri emerged for the second primed and ready. He had Perez (20-3-1, 13 KO’s) backing up, although his left eye was beginning to redden thanks to the right crosses he’d sustained so far. The two men fought on the ropes throughout much of the period as Mikhailenko was starting to paw at his left eye, which now had a small cut above the brow.


He landed some punches close in and on the ropes in the third, while Perez would control the pace to a greater degree whenever they moved back towards and into the ring’s center. Dmitri connected with more head shots throughout much of the fourth as Johan began to lean into his punches. Mikhailenko’s left hook was slowly finding a home upstairs to the head of Perez. He jumped into his punches at times during the fifth as he held his guard high. Johan continued to jab in an effort to keep his Russian foe at a suitable distance, yet his pace was slowly fading. He couldn’t force Mikhailenko to fight any other way.


Close in as well as at a distance, Dmitri was hitting Perez across both sides of the face and head. With half of the contest now in the bag, he seemed to be in full control. Perez had his moments in the seventh, yet his shots did no damage and would not have likely impressed the judges at ringside. His once quick left hooks were now telegraphed and slow. Mikhailenko wobbled him with a left hook to the chin as the round ended.


Perez seemed to be on his last legs as the eighth commenced. Dmitri fired away and was connecting at will. He landed successive right and left hooks a minute into the stanza. He worked the body and Perez wisely tied up, but it was all too late. Just moments later, Johan found himself on the receiving end of more unanswerable shots to the face. At the 1:21 mark, referee Ray Corona had seen enough and stepped in to halt the action. The stoppage was a wise one. Dmitri Mikhailenko remains unbeaten in twenty professional bouts and now holds the WBA-NABA welterweight title with the win over Johan Perez, who lost his second of three bouts.


Co-Main Report - Avila Remains Undefeated Due to Salinas Hand Injury


Manuel Avila was victorious in the evening’s co-main event with a sixth round TKO win over Yoandris Salinas for the interim NABF Super Bantamweight title. A hand injury forced Salinas to quit between the sixth and seventh rounds tonight.


Avila utilized his left jab to great affect in the opening round. The Fairfield, California fighter was for the most part able to keep his Miami (by way of Ciego de Avila, Cuba) opponent at arm’s length. His jab was landing even more in the second just before he was able to score the fight’s first knockdown with a well timed right to the chin of an incoming Salinas, who grinned at his brief misfortune as he quickly rose to his feet. This seemed to light a quick fire in "El Nino" Yoandris as he charged at Manuel. The two had a brief exchange of punches to end the second.


The jab was still on display in round three, as was the follow up right as Salinas tried to counter with a wide swinging left hook. The south Florida fighter was much more active in the period and pushed the action to a greater degree. He threw more jabs in the fourth as Avila tried to switch his focus to body attack. Avila stayed away as the fifth commenced. He caught Salinas with a right hook to the jaw a minute into the round. Much of the it involved clinches and some in close fighting. As the bell sounded to end the period, Salinas was shaking his right glove, as if to indicate an injury.


He left his corner to begin the sixth and proceeded to exclusively use his left throughout. Salinas kept his right up close to his shoulder, but he didn’t throw it again. Avila kept pursuing him with his left jab. During the rest period to precede the seventh, Salinas chose to retire on his stool because of the injury sustained to his right hand, thereby giving Manuel "Tino" Avila the sixth round TKO win. He improved to (18-0, 8 KO’s) and picked up the interim NABF Super Bantamweight championship, while Yoandris Salinas fell to (21-2-2, 14 KO’s).



Undercard Results


Tevin Farmer TKO 8 Daulis Prescott - Super Featherweights

Joet Gonzalez KO 3 Miguel Tamayo - Featherweights

Jason Quigley TKO 2 Michael Faulk - Super Middleweights

Neeco Macias UD 6 Julian Cruz - Super Welterweights

Quilisto Madera KO 3 Fernando Najera - Super Middleweights

Tommy Washington, Jr. UD 4 Paulius Ritter - Heavyweights

Darius Ervin UD 4 Diego Padilla - Welterweights



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