Perez needed just 49 seconds in the main event (Photo courtesy of Knockout Publicity).
Solo Boxeo Tecate Results | August 19, 2011
Paradise Theatre | Bronx, New York
Results from Friday night's Solo Boxeo Tecate at the Paradise Ballroom in the Bronx, New York, presented by Golden Boy Boxing and Star Boxing.
Mike Perez (14-0-1, 8 KOs) vs. Miguel Rodriguez (7-4, 3 KOs)
If you blinked your eyes, you missed a significant portion of this main event, with Perez needing a mere 49 seconds to score a knockout over Rodriguez. The Newark native came out throwing some heavy handed blows from the opening bell, and his counterpart was quickly hurt from the punishment. The shot that got Rodriguez out of there was a vicious left hook to the body, and the New Yorker was quickly forced to a knee. He began to wobble as he made an attempt to return to his feet, and he was counted out before he could get back to steady footing. With a fast night already done, Perez ran to his corner where he was greeted by an uproar from his supporters in attendance.
Eddie Gomez (6-0, 5 KOs) vs. Marcus Hall (5-4-1, 2 KOs)
The co-main event of the evening also provided a small sample size of a rising junior middleweight prospect in Gomez, but the Bronx native was incredibly impressive over less than a round of work. In the opening minute of this bout, he struck Hall with a powerful left-right combo that sent his opponent to the canvas for the first time. However, the damage was not done. Right after Hall returned to his feet, Gomez pounced and dropped him again, this time with a left hand. Showing his toughness, Hall was able to continue, but Gomez quickly ended his night by firing off a left hook that put his opposition on the floor for a third time. At this point, the referee in charge was forced to wave off the action, giving Gomez a TKO win at the two minute mark of the opening frame.
Rich Neves (0-0-1) vs. Latwon Halsey (0-0-1)
This pairing was a very entertaining bout between two raw but skillful fighters making their professional debuts. The action was fairly evenly matched throughout its four rounds, with Neves looking to land heavier strikes while Halsey used his jab to set up his attack. Heavy exchanges were ongoing, and Neves developed a nice welt over his right eye in the third frame despite his seemingly landing a higher percentage of power punches. In the end, this one went to the ringside judges, who ruled it a majority draw with scores of 39-37 (Neves) and a pair of 38-38s.
Mike Brooks (5-0, 1 KO) vs. Jamell Tyson (2-3-1, 1 KO)
The skillful and popular Brooks, a New York native, put on a good performance against a very game Tyson in this bout. At no point did either fighter back down, while Brooks did a nice job of working the body and delivering some well plotted combinations. Fitness was also tested, with this being Brooks’ first six round encounter and Tyson proving to be in excellent shape. However, Brooks stuck to his game plan and looked impressive in this hard fought battle. When the judges were called upon at the conclusion of the six frames, Brooks recorded a pair of 58-55 counts to go with a 57-56 tally, taking the unanimous decision victory.
Todd Eriksson (3-7-2, 1 KO) vs. Borngod Washington (2-8)
The evening got started on Friday with an entertaining slugfest between these two light heavyweights. While tactics may not have been at the forefront of the action, toughness and and heavy punches were. Both fighters fought to exhaustion over the four rounds of this pairing, and the bout eventually came to a close with a furious exchange at the final bell. When the judges revealed their thoughts, Washington picked up his second professional victory by scoring flush 39-37 tallies.
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