Sanchez Outpoints Salka After Clash of Styles – and Heads
By Brian Gorman at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 27, 2010) Doghouse Boxing
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Erie, Pa. – Buffalo southpaw Guillermo Sanchez 12-2-1 (5), 131.5, never strayed from his counterpunching game plan and took control of the eight round main event after a clash of heads in the fourth round to hand Pittsburgh's "Lightning" Rod Salka 12-1 (3), 135.5, his first defeat before a full ballroom at Erie's Avalon Hotel Wednesday night.

Salka appeared to sweep the first two rounds with effective aggression, featured by a big right to the head and a left hook during the early intermittent exchanges. Sanchez got the better of the third when his straight left up the middle began to find a home.

The bout's tenor changed in the fourth, when a bad clash of heads sent both boxers to the canvas and blood spurting from above Salka's right eye. Sanchez then assumed full control of a close contest by continuing to be the more patient of the two counterpunchers and strafing Salka with straight lefts and uppercuts while slipping Salka's home run shots.

Salka, who could be heard complaining about vision problems in his right eye in his corner after the seventh round, was mainly relegated to a body attack and brawling in the later rounds while blood continued to stream, but Sanchez maintained his cool and earned 78-74 scores in his favor across the board.

In the final round, Sanchez attempted to unload on Salka on the ropes but ditched that effort when Salka responded by winging hooks. They decided to go toe to toe for the last stretch to the final bell.

In the co-feature, Youngstown's Jake "The Bull" Giuriceo 9-0-1 (2), 141, showed why he's never in a bad fight by dominating the constant exchanges with Philadelphia's Julias Edmonds 7-9, 139.5. Giuriceo mixed head-snapping rights with uppercuts to get a unanimous decision win of 60-54 and 59-55 (twice). Edmonds had his moments including a big right in the third, and he laid it on the line in the sixth round, but Giuriceo kept his composure and resumed control of the final round to end Edmonds' chances.

On the undercard:

Sometimes the names say it all. Erie's Rocky Mulloolly 4-2 (3), 239, stopped Ryan "The Gatekeeper" St. Germain, 214, at 1:35 of the first round by dropping him with a huge left hook and then finishing him with a thudding body attack in the corner, prompting Referee Ernie Sharif to wave it off.

Youngstown's Chris Hazimihalis 4-0 (4) stole the show with three highlight reel-worthy knockdowns of Florida's Justin Goodall 1-1 (1), 135.5, in the second round. An overhand right dropped Goodall to one knee, and then Goodall barely survived Referee Rick Steigerwald's count after a monster left hook. Another right prompted Steigerwald to call for the doctor without a count.

In the opener, Pittsburgh's Scott Alfrer won his debut over Youngstown's Aaron Dufour 1-1 (1) by 39-36 scores across the board. Both were all offense, and Dufour did well to survive the second round when he was dropped hard and the third, after the southpaw's follow up barrage almost led to a stoppage. Dufour came back to win the final round by stunning Alfrer, but Alfrer's lead was insurmountable at that point.

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