PEREZ WINS TITLE!
By:Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photography by "Big” Joe Miranda“
Featherweight Eloy Perez won a hard-fought ten-round unanimous decision over Dannie Williams this past Friday at “Fight Night at the Playboy Mansion” at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA. With the victory, Perez captured the vacant WBC USNBC super featherweight title.
After a tactical first round that saw both fighters size each other up, both fighters began to throw more punches in the second round. Perez scored a knockdown in the second, landing a right hand to the head. Williams stood up on wobbly legs and went back to trading with Perez.
Williams found paydirt seconds later by dropping Perez with a counter right hand to the head. Perez recovered and got the best of Williams for the remainder of the round.
Williams scored a second knockdown in the third round with a left hook to the head. Perez was more visibly upset than hurt after the knockdown.
The knockdowns seemed to motivate Perez, as he dominated the action for most of the fight. Even though both fighters traded punches, Perez’ shots were the most effective.
Throughout the bout, Williams had problems with his long hair being in his face. Jack Loew, who trains world champion Kelly Pavlik, was seen cutting strands of Williams’ hair in between rounds.
Williams suffered a cut over his hairline on the left hand side. Despite the blood, Williams courageously fought on. He was able to land more punches in the ninth round and was much busier than in the middle rounds when Perez had dominated the action.
Sensing he was ahead, Perez boxed away from Williams in the final round. Williams pressed the action, but could not get close enough to Perez.
Perez was unavailable for comment after the bout ended.
The scores read 98-91, 97-92, and 95-94 in favor of Perez. FightNews.com scored the bout 97-92 in favor of Perez.
Perez, from Salinas, CA, improves to 14-0-2, 3 KOs. Williams, from Youngstown, OH by way of St. Louis, MO, falls to 12-1, 9 KOs.
ORR SURVIVES KNOCKDOWN TO WIN
Middleweight Donnie Orr survived a knockdown and a late rally to win a close six round unanimous decision over Danny Stanislavjevic.
Orr was coming off year-plus absence from the ring. Stanislavjevic had just boxed over two weeks ago, losing a six round decision to Kerry Hope.
Stanislavjevic did his best to stay on the inside, while Orr tried to box his opponent from the outside. When Orr stayed on the outside, he countered most of offense of Stanislavjevic with left hook and right crosses to the head.
A cut opened over the left eye of Stanislavjevic in the third round. Orr stepped up his aggression and landed more combinations to the head and body.
Just when it seemed as though Orr might cruise to victory, Stanislavjevic began to increase his punch output. He was rewarded as he landed hard right hands to the head.
Right before the bell sounded to end the fifth round, a motivated Stanislavjevic dropped Orr with a counter right hand to the head. Orr stood up and was lucky the bell sounded to end the round as Stanislavjevic looked to move in for the kill.
Orr kept his distance in the final round, boxing in and out. Stanislavjevic finished strong in the final 30 seconds, but it was not enough.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Orr, with scores of 57-56, 57-56, and 58-55. FightNews scored the bout 57-56 in favor of Orr.
Orr, from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, goes to 15-0, 6 KOs. Stanislavjevic, from Los Angeles, CA, falls to 8-17-3, 4 KOs.
KOSELAV DESTROYS FADEYI IN ONE!
Light heavyweight Sergey Koselav remained unbeaten with a first round stoppage over Ayodeji Fadeyi in a scheduled four round bout.
Koselav landed the harder and more effective punches from the beginning of the bout. A right hand wobbled Fadeyi in the opening moments of the bout and it became a sign for what was about to happen.
Midway through the round, an accumulation of punches that landed made Fadeyi take a knee. Although he stood up, Fadeyi looked as though he was looking for any way out.
Although he tried to fight back, he left himself open. Koselav made him pay and countered effectively with hard right hands to the head. Fadeyi almost went down at the end of the round, but held himself up by grabbing the top rope.
After the round ended, Fadeyi’s corner told referee Dan Stell that he was unable to continue, resulting in the stoppage victory for Koselav.
Koselav, from Chelyabinsk, Russia, improves to 4-0, 4 KOs. All of his knockout victories have occurred within the first round. Fadeyi, from Denver, CO, drops to 10-8-1, 6 KOs.
- “Fight Night at the Playboy Mansion” was presented by Brian Halquist of Halquist Productions, Fight Night Promotions, Steve Smith of Rumble Promotions, and Garcia Boxing.
- Three kickboxing bouts rounded out the card.
- During the event, fans in attendance had a chance to bid on sports memorabilia. Proceeds went to Family to Family, an organization established by female champion Mary Jo Sanders, who was in attendance. The organization, which began after Hurricane Katrina, assists families in need.
- George Chung, who tirelessly put together a solid fight card, told FightNews that he hopes to return to the Playboy Mansion sometime in April or May.
- Ring announcer was the eloquent Tyson Johnson.