Bowman outduels Perez
Ringside by Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos by Mike Greenhill
Undefeated hometown featherweight Carney “Beeper” Bowman (13-0, 5 KOs) was able to pound out an awkward eight-round unanimous decision victory over former world title challenger Jesus Salvador Perez (25-24-3, 14 KOs), dropping him two times in front of a near capacity crowd at the Valencia Ballroom in York, Pa., Saturday night.
The co-feature of the six-bout card promoted TKO Boxing Promotions, saw 20 year-old Leo Santa Cruz move to 8-0-1 (2 KOs) with a workmanlike six-round unanimous decision victory over tough Columbian Jose Garcia Bernal (27-15-4, 18 KOs).
Bowman 128 of York, who has consistently energized the crowd in recent fights at the Valencia Ballroom, had a much tougher time of it, trying to deal with the wild counter swings and clutch grab tactics of the crafty Mexican, Jesus Salvador Perez.
Perez 129.5 now residing in Miami, Florida, actually appeared to stun Bowman in round two with a right hand up top. Bowman dropped his hands to show he wasn’t hurt and Perez took advantage with a nice four-punch combination on the chin. Bowman put his hands back up and found his mark with two successive right hands that floored the wild swinging Perez with just seconds to go in the round.
The York native began to find spots with his hard left jabs early in round three. Perez began to slow a bit as he clutched and grabbed, while throwing a few wild counters from left field. Bowman appeared to get a little frustrated at the constant clinches, as he tried to free his hands. In the closing moments of the round, Bowman staggered Perez with four unanswered shots which forced him to hold on for dear life until the bell sounded.
The leaping counter rights, followed by the clutch and grab tactics continued to frustrate Bowman in round four, but he finally slipped and timed a leaping right hand, countering with a left which caught Perez off balance, sending him to the canvas for the second time of the fight. Perez complained that the knockdown was a slip, but since it was caused by a punch, it was ruled a knockdown.
Jesus Perez opened round five in a crouching, praying mantis style with hands held up, palms forward and wide apart, which allowed him to land counters from unique locations in between his constant clinches, slowing Bowman’s attacks.
A welt appeared under the right eye of Perez in the sixth round.
To avoid many of the counters, Bowman started to dive in with straight lefts in rounds six and seven. This clash of styles caused an accidental head butt which opened up a cut under the eye of Perez, who complained profusely to no avail.
The blood appeared to gain the confidence of Bowman back, as he was able to land a few straight combinations on the inside in round seven. Perez could only land a couple of counters on the lunges from Bowman.
Carney knew he was ahead and safely boxed his way through the final bell, sending the fight to the scorecards. All three judges saw Bowman winning by scores of 78-74, 79-73 and 80-71.
“He was a tough fighter with a good strategy,” said a frustrated Carney Bowman afterward.” He definitely threw me off my game. It was frustrating, but I kept my cool throughout. He had long arms and his punches kept coming from odd angles. It was just crazy, but I am happy that I was able to get the job done.”
Santa Cruz outboxes Bernal
The co-feature of the evening was a fight put together due to the falling out of two other fights. It did not matter to the 20 year old bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz, who raised his record to 8-0-1 (2 KOs) with a workmanlike six-round unanimous decision victory over Jose Garcia Bernal (27-15-1, 18 KOs).
The 38 year-old Colombian Jose Garcia Bernal, 117, who was a formal world title challenger, attacked early with combinations to the head and body to take the opening round.
The much younger 20 year-old Leo Santa Cruz, 119, had the longer reach on the outside and backed up Bernal in round three with a nice three punch combination. Bernal was tough though, and fired back with body shots, but this time Santa Cruz matched him punch for punch.
As the rounds progressed, Santa Cruz was able to control the inside as the aged veteran slowed from the constant attack.
Bernal was game and continued to fight back to make many of the rounds close, sending the fight to the scorecards. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Leo Santa Cruz by scores of 60-54, and 59-55 x 2.
Nemo returns with KO of Alexander
It wasn’t the return to the ring that Eric Nemo had envisioned after a two- year layoff, as he had to get off the canvas early in the opening round, but it ended the way he planned, as he returned the favor sending Stillwater, Oklahoma’s Ricky Alexander to the canvas in round one and ending it with a second knockdown in round three.
Nemo, 126.5, who appeared to be pumped as the opening bell sounded, with the hometown crowd sheering his name, got a little sloppy and it cost him. Alexander seized the opportunity and dropped the hometown featherweight prospect with a straight left.
Unfazed by the knockdown, Nemo went on the attack and returned the favor, flooring Alexander in the final moments of the opening stanza with a right hand to the ribs.
“I was pumped up from the crowd in my return and got caught with a straight left on the chin, but I began to relax as the round continued, and I put him down with a body shot near the end of the round,” said Nemo afterwards.
Alexander was game and tried to return fire in round two, but Nemo set down on his punches and continued to rip the body of the Oklahoma native. The body work did it damage and Eric Nemo finished the job in round three, putting Alexander to the canvas with left hook up top, followed by a body shot. Alexander rose to his feet, but was in no shape to continue as referee Gary Rosato waived the bout off at the two minute mark of round three.
“He was a tough fighter and I give him a lot of credit,” said Eric Nemo. “I am happy that I calmed down and did what I had to do, finishing the job for my fans.”
Eric Nemo ups his record to 7-1-1 (3 KOs) while Ricky Alexander falls to 7-9 (5 KOs).
Taylor outclasses Carter
Andres “Taylor made” Taylor (7-0-1, 2 KOs), supported by a over a hundred supporters, many of whom made the several hour trip from his Johnstown, PA, sent them home happy as he dropped down to the cruiserweight limit and came away with a four round unanimous decision victory over dangerous Larry Carter (3-4-1, 3 KOs).
The Johnstown native looked at home in his return to the cruiserweight limit, as he put Carter on the seat of his pants with a left hook up top, late in the opening round. Carter rose to his feet, but the shorter Taylor 198 continued to apply pressure with body shots on the inside as the final ten seconds of the round ticked off.
Carter, 196.5, who resides in the fighting city of Detroit, Michigan threw several dangerous hooks and right hands that kept Taylor wary in round two. However, he ran out of gas in round three and had his mouth open as Andres Taylor continued to push him against the ropes with short combinations on the inside. Taylor landed several big shots up top, but the dead tired Michigan native just would not go down.
Taylor continued to do most of his work on the inside during the final round, which allowed Carter to survive and go the distance. The fight went to the scorecards, with all three judges scoring the bout in favor of Taylor by scores of 40-35 x 2 and 40-34 respectively.
“He took a lot of shots to the head and was able to absorb a lot of punishment,” said Taylor. “Sometimes it is not that good for a fighter to take that much punishment.”
“He tried to cover up and I went to the body which opened up all those shots to the head,” continued Taylor.
Crawford hammers Hartman
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Terrance Crawford upped his record to 6-0, 3 KOs) with a one sided four-round unanimous decision victory over journey Travis Hartman.
Crawford, 138, of Omaha, Nebraska, who is normally an orthodox fighter, found his niche in the fight switching to southpaw early, which frustrated Hartman 143 of Saint Joseph’s Missouri in the opening round. By round three, Hartman was in survival mode, barely throwing a punch as Crawford switched back in and out of the southpaw stance while landing a variety of combinations.
It looked like it might be over in the fourth and final round as Crawford dropped Hartman against the ropes. Crawford accidentally hit him while he was down and Hartman rolled over like he was hit by a freight train. Referee Gary Rosato began to count and Hartman rose to his feet and began to hold on for life. Crawford got tired of the excessive holding and tried to wrestle his hands free which threw Hartman, complaining, back to the canvas. Travis Hartman was a survivor though and held on, preventing Crawford from finishing the deal.
All three judges had the bout in easily in favor Terrance Crawford by scores of 40-35 x2 and 40-34 respectively.
Allen outslugs Harvey
Laurel, Maryland junior middleweight Norman “The Shadow” Allen (6-1, 3 Kos) almost relived the memory of a previous bout against Spencer Harsley (1-9-2), having to get off the canvas to score a victory.
In their first battle on April 3rd in Glen Burnie, Maryland, Norman Allen was dropped to the canvas in round three, but regained his senses and battered Harsley until his corner threw in the towel to end the carnage.
This time it looked like Allen 147.5 would end it early, as he staggered Harsley in round two and then connected with eight unanswered shots until the bell sounded with Harsley standing against the ropes on unsteady legs. Allen jumped on him early again in the third and just as it looked like he might end the show, Harsley uncorked a deadly counter hook on the button that put Allen on the seat of his pants. Allen recovered though and returned the favor in the fourth and final round, sending Harsley to the canvas with a left hook. Harsley rose to his feet and survived until the final bell. sending the fight judge to the scorecards. One judge had the bout scored 37-37 Even, but he was overruled by the other two who scored it 38-37 and 38-36 for the majority decision victory in favor of Norman Allen.
TKO Boxing Promotions is an up and coming Promotional company that is steadily maiking its’ mark on the national scene. Their fights are done with class and are sure to entertain even the hardest to please boxing fans. They have gradually built a stable of several top prospects that will make their mark on the national scene in the upcoming years.
TKO Boxing Promotions next card titled “Three the hard way” is scheduled for Saturday March 21st at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Headlining the card is former 2000 Olympic silver medalist and rising welterweight prospect Ricardo Williams Jar (14-2, 7 KOs). Williams defeated hard hitting Doel Carrasquillo in front over 5,000 fans in his last appearance on January 31st at the US bank Arena. Also appearing on the card will be junior prospect Rashad Holloway (9-1, 5KOs) against the very same Carrasquillo. In another showcase bout, Detroit, Michigan’s super middleweight James Countryman(13-1, 8 KOs) is set to take on Karl Noons (8-1, 5 KOs). Get your tickets early because this should be a good one.