Perez, Gomez score decision victories on ‘Solo Boxeo’
INDIO, Calif. — Eloy Perez and Dominic Salcido demonstrated that old boxing axiom “styles make fights” for the majority of their Telefutura-televised main event at the Fantasy Springs Resort on Friday.
Or more accurately, how certain styles don’t make fights.
A note to the matchmakers of Golden Boy Promotions, which put on the sellout card at the Palm Springs desert-area casino: two crafty counterpunchers generally don’t make for an entertaining scrap.
That was the case in Perez’s tepid majority decision victory over Salcido. Both junior lightweights were content to peck and poke from a distance during the first half of the 10-round bout in hopes of luring the other forward, but neither man would take the other’s bait and advance with conviction.
Perez (19-0-2, 5 knockouts), who won by scores of 96-94 (twice) and 95-95, out-boxed Salcido through the first seven rounds by controlling the distance with quick, snappy jabs that setup occasional three-punch combinations. The 23-year-old prospect made good use of feints and did a better job scoring with punches while backing up than his taller, rangier opponent.
Salcido (18-3, 9 KOs) moved well but he didn’t let his hands go enough, merely pawing with his jab while keeping his right glove glued to his left cheek during the first half of the fight. The native of nearby Rialto, Calif., probably wanted to punch more but Perez, from Salinas, Calif., by way of Washington, was too slick with his head movement and technically sound (chin tucked, body at an angle).
“It was an awkward, frustrating fight,” Perez admitted after the fight. “He kept going backwards. I knew he was trying to lure me in but I listened to my corner and I didn’t fall into his traps. I could hear the crowd booing and I wanted to make it more of a fight down the stretch. I thought I took more chances than he did, especially in the late rounds.”
Perez did indeed press the fight in the final three rounds, giving up his defensive stance to a degree in doing so, which allowed Salcido to finally zero in with his right hand.
Salcido found range with his straight right with regularity in rounds eight, nine and 10, turning what was looking like a shutout victory for Perez into a close fight.
Those among the crowd of 1,700 who were lulled to sleep by Perez-Salcido were immediately woken up by Frankie Gomez’s six-round decision victory over Ramon Montano.
Gomez (7-0, 6 KOs) was aggressive but poised, picking his spots to explode with hard body-head combinations in every round of the fast-paced Solo Boxeo co-feature.
Montano (17-8-2, 2 KOs), a rugged vet who has never been stopped, was often bullied into the ropes where the 18-year-old East L.A. native rained bombs from all angles but the Las Vegas resident fired back with his jab and sneaky body shots.
Gomez gunned for the KO in the final two rounds of the bout but Montano, who went the 10-round distance with then-lightweight titleholder David Diaz in a competitive fight, continued to fire back from his high guard and would not allow the relentless youth to overwhelm him.
In other words, the fight provided six quality rounds for Gomez to grow on.
Other Golden Boy-promoted prospects received quality rounds on the undercard of the show.
Heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder (13-0, 13 KOs) got up from a second-round knockdown against Harold Sconiers (17-21-2, 11 KOs) to stop the veteran trail horse in the fourth round of a scheduled six. Wilder, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, was seriously rocked by Sconiers but dominated the rest of the bout, dropping the journeyman twice in round one and twice in fourth.
Bantamweight prospect Randy Caballero (5-0, 4 KOs) was taken the distance for the time in young pro career by seasoned journeyman Missael Nunez (4-10-2). Caballero, a 19-year-old amateur standout from nearby Coachella, Calif., landed the harder punches and was the aggressor throughout the four rounder but he was visibly frustrated by Nunez’s showboating and survival tactics.
Featherweight prospect Charles Huerta and heavyweight hopeful Seth Mitchell both had short nights, scoring first-round knockouts of their opponents. Mitchell (19-0, 13 KOs) dropped journeyman Derrick Brown (13-6-3, 11 KOs) three times, twice with body shots. Huerta (15-1, 8 KOs) blasted Texas prospect Felipe Cordova (10-2, 4 KOs) with accurate left hooks.