Johan Gonzalez ends all-KO streak with majority decision win over Guido Schramm
Fringe junior middleweight contender Johan Gonzalez of Venezuela picked an opportune time to win his first fight of his career by decision, to the chagrin of Guido Schramm.
Gonzalez won a hard-fought majority decision late Wednesday night at the Whitesands (also known as ProBox TV) Events Center in Plant City, Florida. One judge scored the bout 95-95, while the other two judges scored the bout 97-93 and 96-94 for Gonzalez, who improved to 34-2, 33 knockouts.
Both fighters were on the attack from the opening bell, producing solid exchanges, with Gonzalez landing the more-effective punches during the first two rounds.
Gonzalez began walking Schramm in the third round. Once he was able to get into punching range, Gonzalez would land straight right hands behind a jab. Schramm would attempt to fight from distance during the first half of the fight, but Gonzalez continued to connect with several right hands, mixed with uppercuts and left hooks to the head.
About a minute into the fifth round, Schramm landed a lead left hook to the head that caught Gonzalez’s attention, but did not follow up with another punch or combination.
Schramm made an adjustment during the sixth round, closing the distance between the two and initiating exchanges. The tactic worked as he was able to connect more, coupled with Gonzalez’s punch output dropping.
Midway through the seventh round, an uppercut by Gonzalez seemed to stun Schramm, who roared back moments later with a combination to the head and body that scored.
Early in round nine, an accidental clash of heads opened a cut on the hairline of Schramm. As the action resumed, Schramm was the aggressor, throwing crosses and hooks. Gonzalez looked to counter, but later engaged in back-and-forth exchanges during the final round, up until the final bell.
The 32-year-old, who is originally from Valencia, Venezuela and now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada has won his last three fights since losing to Magomed Kurbanov on December 11.
Schramm falls to 16-2-2, 9 KOs. The 27-year-old, who is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina and now resides in Los Angeles, California, was coming off a majority decision draw against Paul Kroll on August 4.
Fringe lightweight contender Justin Pauldo won by knockout after the third round after opponent Jerry Perez remained on his stool.
Pauldo improved to 17-1 1 NC, 8 KOs.
After a competitive opening round, Pauldo began to assert himself more. About halfway through the second round, a short right cross momentarily stunned Perez. Pauldo followed up with a right-left combination to the head, but it was an uppercut to the head that produced blood from the nose of Perez.
As the action continued into the third round, Perez continued to be game, but was not able to prevent Pauldo from landing straight and overhand right hands to the head. Blood continued to gush out of Perez’s nose, which made it difficult for Perez to breath.
After the round ended, Perez’s corner told referee Christopher Young to stop the fight, saving Perez from further punishment.
Pauldo, who resides in the Houston, Texas suburb of Katy, was coming off a unanimous decision win over Eduardo Estela on August 23. The 29-year-old has now won his last five bouts since a no-contest against Austin Dulay in July 2019.
Perez falls to 14-4-1, 11 KOs. The 30-year-old from Oak Hills, California, has now lost four of his last six bouts.
In middleweight action, fringe contender Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly (28-3, 10 KOs) of Manchester won by disqualification over Argentina’s Juan Jose Velasco in the fifth round.
There were multiple fouls between the two throughout the fight, with punches below the belt, rabbit punching and retaliations that marred the action. During the third round, Kelly was warned for throwing and landing below the beltline. Moments later, Velasco landed a deliberate low blow, drawing a stern warning from Alicia Collins.
Early in the fifth round, an accidental clash of heads forced Velasco to take a knee. After the action resumed, Velasco intentionally butted Kelly to the head. Referee Collins separated the two, but Velasco pushed her out of the way, prompting Collins to immediately stop the fight at 19 seconds, awarding Kelly the win.
Velasco, a former world title challenger at 140 pounds, falls to 24-6, 15 KOs.
In the opening bout of the ProBox TV card, 18-year-old Emiliano Moreno of Long Beach, California stopped Daniel Lim (10-1, 2 KOs) of The Philippines in the second round.
The fight was fought on even terms until Moreno (8-0, 5 KOs) dropped Lim three times, prompting referee Christopher Young at 2:59.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]