By Rocky Morales at ringside
Kevin Gonzalez (25-0-1, 13KO), WBA #6 super bantamweight, went the distance in a winning effort against a very game Emanuel Rivera (19-3, 12KO). It was largely a very competitive back and forth Mexico vs Puerto Rico battle over ten rounds but with the Mexican, Gonzalez, doing slightly better. Judges scored it unanimously for Gonzales by scores of 97-93, 96-94 and 98-92.
Brandyn Lynch (11-1-1, 8KO) won a spirited battle over tough as nails Marcos Hernandez (15-6-2, 3KO) in an eight round middleweight bout. Lynch had to get up off the canvas, rally despite being a bloody mess, almost had Hernandez out on his feet at the end of the sixth round, but worked hard until the final bell to secure a unanimous decision victory. Judges scored it 76-75 (twice) and 77-74, all in favor of Lynch. This was a rematch of their 2021 fight that ended in a draw.
Former WBO Bamtamweight Champ, Marlon “The Maranding Nightmare” Tapales (36-3, 19KO) had an easy time with overmatched Jose Estrella (23-19-1, 16KO). With a vicious body shot, Estrella went down like a sack of potatoes and was counted out by the referee at 1:39 of the second round. The Filipino, Tapales, is the #1 ranked super bantamweight, and stays busy while he awaits his mandatory shot at IBF and WBA Unified Champ, Murodjon Alhmadliev.
Jerry “F Him Up Jerry” Perez (as referred to by his overzealous family and friends besides Press Row) (14-1, 10KO) fulfilled the request with a knockout in the fifth round over overmatched Erick Lanzas, Jr. (10-1, 7KO). Lanzas was out on his feet in the second round but survived so he could get battered for another three rounds. Clever matchmaking here as Lanzas’ prior opposition had a combined record of 61-160-9. With the victory, Perez gets back on the winning track after having suffered his first professional loss to Frank Martin in his prior bout. Time of the stoppage was 1:58 of the fifth round and the victory concludes the Perez brothers fights allowing his supporters occupation of Press Row Adjacent to end as they return to their assigned seats.
In a six round super featherweight bout, Jose Perez (10-1-2, 4KO) earned a workmanlike victory over Anthony Chavez (9-3-1, 3KO). Perez scored a knockdown and went on to a unanimous decision victory by scores of 58-55 on all three judges scorecards.
In opening bout action from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, heavyweights opened up the action of a scheduled twelve bout card. Debuting Argentinian heavyweight, Luciano Sanchez (1-0, 1KO), made quick work out of fellow debutant Adrian Silva (0-1), stopping him at just 1:37 of the opening round of a scheduled four round bout.
In other action, debuting super lightweight, Jose Mejia (1-0, 1KO) stopped Matthew Reed (1-3) by way of knockout at 2:27 of the second round of a scheduled four round bout.
In another heavyweight bout scheduled for six rounds, Cuban heavyweight, Geovany Bruzon (7-1, 6KO) had an easy time with Daniel Najera (9-8-1, 4KO) who dropped his fifth consecutive bout. It was a second round knockout victory and time of the stoppage was 2:39 of the second round.
The fourth bout of the evening featured two undefeated lightweights with Anthony Cuba (4-0, 3KO) stopping outclassed Oscar Acevedo (7-1, 1KO) who most would not have recognized as an undefeated fighter by seeing him fight. Acevedo kept the quick knockout streak of the day alive with a second round stoppage at 2:11 of the second round.