By Marc Livitz: David Emanuel Peralta first set foot in the United States less than a week ago. However, in a night’s work, he made his name a recognizable one as he outclassed and outfought Robert Guerrero in a nationally televised welterweight bout at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Guerrero made a relatively quick return to the ring after dropping a competitive, yet decisive unanimous decision loss to Danny Garcia in early 2016. Peralta fought outside of his native Argentina for the first time this evening when he took part in the Premier Boxing Champions telecast.
A left counter by Guerrero briefly stunned Peralta at just before the end of the first
round. The former two division champion from Gilroy, California remained the aggressor in the second. He looked to jab first and jab often. Peralta had a few moments in the third, yet he never stood down on his punches as he seemed to leap forward during his attempts to counter. The dying seconds of the fourth saw him finally connect with a solid right hook to Robert’s chin. A nice one-two delivered first to the abdomen and then to the chin got Guerrero’s attention in round five.
Robert appeared to be in control as the bout neared its midway point, although his for from Córdoba, Argentina was clearly making him work for it. The initial moments of the seventh showed glimpses of exhaustion from both men as they spent much of the period in a clinch. As Robert followed, David was more than eager to catch him on the way in with straight lefts and rights. He was whittling away at Guerrero’s early lead. Round eight may have been his best up to that point. He used classic boxing maneuvers such as punching the chest and arms.
Towards the end of the eighth, a hard right sent Guerrero straight into the corner post,
yet a knockdown wasn’t recorded because he didn’t intentionally use the ropes to keep himself on his feet. Another thudding right connected for the Argentine in the tenth
and a nicely crafted right to the body was followed by a right hook to the chin. The eleventh belonged to him as well, so as the contest was to be decided in the last three minutes, anything could happen if the bout followed the same pattern.
For whatever reason, each fighter was a bit timid during the first half of the closing round. Guerrero landed a straight left to face in the last minute. The two combatants embraced in the center of the ring as the bell sounded to end the contest. Scorecards at ringside were turned in with scores of 115-113 (Peralta), 115-113 (Guerrero) and 116-112 to hand the split decision win to David Emanuel Peralta.
Undercard Report - Martinez and Hernandez Earn Wins
Fan favorite Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo was outclassed by Freddy Hernandez for the bulk of ten brutal rounds in a super middleweight battle as part of the night’s co-main event.
The opening round was not about learning the tendencies of each man’s respective opponent. Angulo (24-6, 20 KO’s) and Hernandez used jabs only to look for chances to get in close and fire away. Freddy remained on the offensive in the second as his snapping jab backed up the 2004 Mexican Olympian. Neither fighter had been in the ring over the past year. Hernandez (34-8, 22 KO’s) stayed active as he out landed Angulo and consistently beat him to the punch throughout the third.
Alfredo’s face was reddened in the fourth and his habit of starting slow was on clear display once again. Hernandez continued to pepper the fighter from Mexicali with strong jabs and hard body shots. Angulo had by this point dug himself into a four round hole, yet he began to answer his Mexico City opponent’s punches with that of his own. A war
of sorts broke out in the middle of the ring in the dying moments of the fifth. Hernandez went back to his corner with a bloodied right eye. "El Perro" continued to walk right into Freddy’s punches, again and again, but he began to connect with strong, solid right hooks in round six.
Towards the end of the seventh, Angulo’s power allowed him to land a quick one-two to Freddy’s face as the tide slowly began to turn. Hernandez appeared to be tiring, while Alfredo was his usual, plodding self. The punches from "El Riel" Hernandez didn’t seem to affect Angulo anymore. Through eight rounds, he couldn’t get his fellow compatriot to budge from his path. No matter what he did, "El Perro" wouldn’t stay away. However, he did look very tired by the end of round nine. He’d have one last round to get the job done because by this point, he appeared to be losing the contest, perhaps seven rounds to two,
Hernandez landed three successive left jabs without any trouble or confusion late in the tenth. The clacking of the wood to signal ten seconds to go ignited a brief war to close the contest. The judges’ scorecards displayed the following numbers: 98-92 and two at 97-93, all for Freddy "El Riel" Hernandez for the unanimous decision win.
Gausha Decisions Martinez
2012 US Olympian Terrell Gausha did just enough to sneak by Steven Martinez by way of a close majority decision victory on the night’s undercard.The vast majority of the first four to five rounds of the super welterweight contest were tactical and exhibited a clearly visible contrast of styles. Martinez (16-3, 13 KO’s) used his left jab simply to find a way closer to his opponent from Cleveland in order to land body shots, while Gausha’s left jab was precise and straight up the middle. Martinez stayed patient as he delivered shots just above the belt line. The fighter from Bronx, New York exchanged high combinations with Terrell in the sixth. As the contest wore on, the ringside judges likely had to decide how they’d score the contest. Would jabs prevail or body shots make the difference?
Gausha’s output levels increased sometime in the seventh as he looked to capitalize on Steve visibly tiring. The decision at this point for the judges would be extremely thin because each fighter’s M.O. didn’t sway in the least. When Martinez finally looked to jab, Gausha (19-0, 9 KO’s) was eager and ready to counter. Terrell stormed out of the gates to begin round nine. He went for the head of Martinez, yet the period eventually led to brief glimpses of action surrounded by occasional clinching.
The real fighting began in the tenth and final round. Steve Martinez essentially abandoned his body attack and used his left jab simply to deliver a straight right. He may have felt the need to win the last three minutes in an attempt to have the contest end in his favor. The hotly fought clash would ultimately be decided by the judges’ scorecards. They read as follows: Jerry Cantu: 97-93, Jonathan Davis: 97-93 and Zac Young: 95-95
Additional Results from Anaheim
Stephan Shaw UD6 Jonathan Rice – Heavyweight
Victor Morales, Jr. UD4 Erick Lainez – Featherweight
Abram Martinez KO2 Phillip Percy – Welterweight
Nero Romero KO 2 Luis Angel Silva – Lightweight
Daniel Gonzalez UD4 Javier Cepeda - Featherweight
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August 27 2016