Perez and Russell win easily, Gumina electrifies
By John J. Raspanti (April 16, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Eloy Perez
Last night Super featherweight Eloy “The Prince” Perez (21-0-5 KOs) stretched his winning streak to twenty-one in a row by winning every round in posting a unanimous decision victory over Alejandro Rodriguez at a virtually sold-out Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco . Perez dominated the fight from the get go, constantly beating his taller opponent to the punch. Rodriguez (12-2-6 KOs ) attempted to throw looping rights at the much quicker Perez but mostly found air. In the latter rounds Perez picked up the pace, stunning Rodriguez with a few left hooks to the head but the lanky native of Guadalajara , Mexico refused to fold. Perez was happy with his victory, but frustrated by Rodriguez’s style.

   “The guy was awkward; the scrawny ones are sometimes the dangerous ones. He kept backing up from me. I had to pick my shots and be smart”

   Perez is anxious to take on all comers “Adrian Browner, Ramón Martinez, Ricky Burns I’ll fight anybody, I’m right here”.

   The co-main event of the evening featured super quick Gary Russell (15-0-9 KOs) of Capital Heights , Maryland facing journeyman Adolfo Landeros (21-19-10 KOs ) in a six round featherweight affair. Russell’s superior hand speed was evident immediately as he peppered Landeros with some nice combinations and scored a knockdown in the middle of round one. Landeros recovered and had his best round in the second, as he was able to find some success with his lead right, though still eating plenty of punches and some impressive body shots. Russell regained complete control in the third, continuing to jolt his opponent with lead lefts and short uppercuts. By the fifth round, it was obvious the Landeros was in survival mode as he rarely attempted to throw punches. Russell continued to throw plenty of his own, stunning his foe lat in the fight with another lead left.

   All three judges scored the fight 60-53 for Russell who later revealed that he had hurt his hand.

   “I hurt my hand in the fist round so we had to modify the game plan, but a lot of body work in the gym and a whole lot of prayer got me the victory,” replied the classy Russell.

   The very popular Joe “The Punisher” Gumina (2-0-2 KOs ) returned to the site of his first professional victory to face off with Aaron Godaul (making his professional debut) in something of a grudge fight. The very intense Gumina was all business, glaring at his opponent and nodding ever so slightly. When the bell rang, he dodged a jab and fired two overhand rights, pushing Godual into the ropes were he scored with another right producing a knockdown. As the historic Hall rocked, Gumina kept throwing bombs, eventually connecting with beautiful right hand that deposited Godual on his back. Up at the eight count but obviously stunned, Godual tried to ward off the hard charging Gumina but soon found himself staggering against the ropes and being pummeled. The referee waved off the annihilation soon after. The official time was 1:37 of the first round.

   Gumina was thrilled with the victory “I was ready for the 25th (a fight last month that was canceled) and I even more ready for this one. I wanted the knockout, that’s what people wanted to see and that’s what I wanted to give them tonight, they want attitude and fire and I got plenty of fire for everyone”.

   Local boy John Chicas and Maja Khalif both made their professional debuts by facing each other in a scheduled four round super lightweight fight. Chicas shortened the night considerably by knocking Khalif down with a powerful overhand right thirty fifty seconds into the fight. Khalif was up but unsteady, and soon found himself down again from a left hook to the body. The time of the stoppage was 1:07 of round one.

   Cruiserweights Lamont Williams (4-1-1 KO) and Juan Hernandez entertained in their four rounder. One minute in the stalking Hernandez floored Williams with a right hook to the head followed by a left hook to the chin. Williams playing the old game of, whatever you can do I can do better, caught the charging Hernandez with a perfectly timed uppercut followed by a right hand that floored him. The gutsy Hernandez pulled himself up but for the rest of the fight was continually stunned by uppercuts. Knockdown number two occurred in the second round from a flurry of punches. Hernandez got up and never stopped trying but the sharp shooting Williams was just too much for him.

   All three judges had the fight 40-35. Williams admitted he was surprised when he found himself on the canvas.

   “Yeah my guard was a little loose and I corrected that afterwards and kept my hand up but he caught me with that straight right. I was sleeping a little but I adjusted”.

   Bruno Escalante (3-0-2 KOs) ended the night with another devastating knockout by starching Shaun Solomon (1-3 0 KOs ) 26 seconds into the second round. Escalante’s power was just too much for Solomon. 

   The card was another in the Solo Boxeo Telefutura boxing series promoted by Don Chargin and Paco Presents in conjunction with Golden Boy Productions.


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