By Ron Valderrama: In the shadow of the Mayweather-Ortiz drama being played out in the bright lights of Las Vegas, a battle was underway down South on the Colorado River at the BlueWater Resort and Casino in Parker Arizona.
Rising Star and Super Lightweight Filipino, Mercito Gesta defeated Manny Perez in a ten round bout that went the distance. The two fighters appeared confident and very well poised. In the second round Gesta became more aggressive and displayed some great defense in ducking and forcing Perez to miss.
Perez figured this out in the third round and landed a few good body shots. The concentration in both fighters eyes was nothing short of intense and focused, Gesta was the recipient of a hard right that caught his attention and began to showboat as he dropped his guard daring Perez to do it again.
Both fighters fought a smart fight, Perez connected with some solid connections and combinations but many were blocked by Gesta. It was amazing to witness the speed of both fighters and the power they had.
In the seventh round Gesta began to showcase his God given skills by rattling off a combination of precision delivered punches that stunned Perez, and although a little shaken, Perez managed to fire back, to the delight of the crowd who began chanting "Manny, Manny".
In the eighth round Perez came out strong but his eyes were visibly beginning to swell as he continued to attack his foe, Gesta fought back and continued to tease Perez by dropping his guard. To tell the truth I was not sure if it was showboating on Gesta’s part .
Perez may have taken a beating but he most certainly delivered a few of his own. In the end Perez fell short losing by unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 98-92; 98-92; 99-91. The crowd was clearly behind Manny Perez on this one, and if anything this is one of the rare cases that this loss may actually boost the career of Manny Perez.
In the co-main event Top Rank Sensation Jose Benavidez Jr. (super lightweight) made short work of his opponent Dedrick Bell by way of knockout at 1:29 of the first round.
Benavidez Jr. looked better with every fight. The boxing prodigy had Bell figured out within a minute and began his well instructed strategy. Benavidez had to be surprised when he would see an opportunity so early and threw a hard right hand that sent Bell to the canvas.
Bell survived the count but it was not long thereafter when Benavidez Jr. threw an array of solid combination punches that sent Bell again to the canvas. Bell was dazed and could not get up. Ringside physician Robin MacDougall jumped in the ring to assess Bell’s condition and after a minute or so Bell emerged. Still dazed and legs wobbly like a new born calf Bell realized he had been knocked out. After the fight Jose Sr. said that Jose Jr. would be fighting on the next Manny Pacquiao card. It’s amazing to watch this up and coming star as he makes his run for a championship belt.
Gabino Saenz (Super Bantamweight) defeated Esteban Nichol by displaying some powerful body shots in the second round. Nichol was knocked down but survived the count in the second round but was knocked out a moment later by a powerful right by Saenz at 1:49 of the second round.
Hanzel Martinez (Super Bantamweight) won his bout by way of knock out defeating Lorenzo Trejo at :53 of the second round.
Juanito Gonzalez (Super Welterweight) achieved victory as he won his bout by way of knockout over Wendell Bates at 2:59 of the second round.
Jose Ramon (Lightweight) came out swinging at the bell delivering some powerful body shots to his opponent Baudel Cardenas. Ramon dropped Cardenas in the first round and thereafter again delivering a body shot that would drop Cardenas in the first round. Referee Wes Melton would stop the fight at 2:44 of the first round.
Andy Ruiz (Heavyweight) faced Ken Frank in a slug fest that would end in a victory for the crowd favorite. Ruiz displayed amazing speed and defense for the big boy bout. In Frank’s defense it should be known that he took this fight on six days notice, none the less Ruiz shot off some combinations that would send Frank to the canvas in the first round. After continuing to get a beating, Frank’s trainer threw in the towel at 1:53 of the second round.
It was a night of knockouts for the fighters in the Red Corner, and although they were short fights, it was a good night of boxing. Showdown Promotions Director of Boxing, Gerry Truax and BlueWater Resort and Casino spared no expense on this show. The accommodations were great and I would like to thank them for inviting Secondsout.com Boxing News to this event.
September 20, 2011