McEwan gets by Perez
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
It may not have been pretty, but middleweight Craig McEwan will take the victory over a hard-nosed challenger.
McEwan won a hard-fought 10 round majority decision over Danny Perez before a boisterous crowd of 2,475 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., Friday night.
The bout headlined a six-bout card, presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Ringside Ticket.
McEwan stopped Kris Andrews in the eighth round of a scheduled eight round bout in April. The Freddie Roach-trained fighter dug deep back in November to win an eight round unanimous decision over previously-unbeaten James Parison in November.
Although Perez had lost his previous two bouts prior to the McEwan fight, he is still a dangerous boxer-puncher. Perez lost two decision bouts to Antonio Margarito, but had won six of his previous seven bouts prior to his bout against McEwan.
Perez started well in the first round, landing repeated left hooks to the head that at one point wobbled McEwan. Perez was not able to follow up as McEwan tried to outbox Perez. McEwan was effective in boxing in and out of Perez’ reach in the second and third rounds, landing to the head and body.
Perez came back in the fourth round, stunning McEwan with repeated hard right hands to the head. At one point, Perez thought he scored a knockdown, but referee Ray Corona ruled that McEwan went down because of a slip.
Although McEwan was successful in controlling the action in the fifth, Perez came on again in the sixth. Again, he was able to land a succession of right hands that had McEwan backing up. Undaunted, McEwan went back in trying to outbox Perez, moving in and out of his opponent’s reach.
McEwan started to slow down in the later rounds, but was able to land more with uppercuts and with counter left crosses to the head of Perez. There were times that McEwan looked tired, but would muster enough strength to outhustle Perez.
Both fighters had their moments in the 10th and final round. Both would throw wild punches, but Perez was able to land more with his right. McEwan landed to the body more as both fighters were on the inside. Good exchanges between the two fighters until the final bell sounded.
One judge scored the bout 95-95, while the other two judges scored the bout 97-93 in favor of McEwan. Fightnews.com scored the bout 96-94 in favor of McEwan.
“I feel like I did not do enough,.” said McEwan, who recently traveled to Scotland to witness the birth of his second child and was only in camp with Roach for a about a week. “I hurt my ankle as I fell over in the fourth round. I’m still disappointed with my performance, but I got the decision and a win is a win.”
“I feel good, but I thought I pulled it off,” said a diplomatic Perez, who had a large contingent of fans in the crowd. “I thought it could have been a draw. I’m a little disappointed, but it is what it is.”
McEwan, from Hollywood, by way of Edinburgh, Scotland, improves to 19-0, 10 KO’s. Perez, from nearby Carlsbad, falls to 34-8, 17 KO’s.
Huerta KOs Arias
In the co-feature bout of the evening, featherweight Charles Huerta knocked out Jonathan Arias in the sixth and final round.
Huerta entered the bout unbeaten in his last two bouts after being stopped by Derrick Wilson one week shy of a one year ago. Although both fights were close against fighters with records below .500, Huerta was hoping for a solid performance against the battled-tested Arias.
Both fighters started well, but the physically-bigger Huerta landed the stronger and more effective punches. Near the end of the first round, Huerta hurt Arias with a right uppercut to the head. He followed it up with two left hooks, dropping Arias along the ropes. Arias was able to survive the round.
To his credit, Arias fought back, trying to and at times, getting on the inside of Huerta’s defense to land to the head and body. However, he would lead in with his head, which visibly bothered Huerta because of inadvertent head butts.
Nonetheless, Huerta was very workmanlike with his punches, setting them up as Arias pressed forward. As the bout progressed, Huerta was able to land continuous left hooks to the head and body of Arias. Huerta really worked the body with those left hooks, hurting Arias with one at the end of the round.
Huerta started strong in the sixth, going on the attack. He was rewarded for his aggressiveness as a left hook dropped Arias to the canvas. Arias bravely stood up, but Huerta greeted him with two more left hooks that put Arias again on the canvas. Referee Tony Crebs did not bother to count and waved the fight over at 1:40.
“I felt great and I knew that it was going to be a tough fight,” said Huerta, who fights under the Golden Boy Promotions banner. “I got a second wind in the third round. The body shot was the key in the end. I’m going right back to the gym and see what’s next for me.”
Huerta, from Paramount, CA, improves to 14-1, 7 KO’s. Arias, from Calexico, CA by way of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, drops to 15-5, 8 KO’s.
Thurman blitzes Lopez
In a battle of unbeaten Junior Middleweights, Keith Thurman stopped Stallin Lopez in the second of a scheduled six round bout.
After controlling most of the round, Thurman dropped Lopez with a left hook to the head at the end of the round. Lopez was saved by the bell after he got up.
Thurman went right back to work, stunning Lopez with a hard right hand to the head to open the round. Thurman ended matters, dropping Lopez again with another left hook to the head. Lopez struggled to get up, prompting referee Ray Corona to stop the bout at 1:17.
Thurman, from Clearwater, FL, improves to 13-0, 12 KO’s. Lopez, from Miami, FL, falls to 7-1, 3 KO’s.
Savage wins ugly over Davis
In the walkout bout of the evening, Super Middleweight Dion Savage won a lackluster six round decision over veteran Demetrius Davis.
Davis started well, at times outboxing Savage throughout the first round. Davis was able to land the more effective punches in the second round and was able to score a knockdown in the third round, landing a counter left hook to the head of Davis.
The second half of the fight featured clenching and missed wild punches. At times, Savage went forward, but would lead in with his head. Davis would hold on, as well as Savage. Referee Tony Crebs had his hands full, as he repeatedly told both fighters to separate and keep it clean.
Nonetheless, when both fighters did exchange, Savage landed the more effective punches, albeit few and far between. Davis tried to out hustle Savage, but would not really land anything flush.
All three judges scored the bout 59-54 in favor of Savage. Fightnews.com scored the bout 58-55 in favor of Savage.
Savage, from Flint, MI, goes to 9-0, 5 KO’s. Davis, from Washington, D.C., drops to 20-23-5, 8 KO’s.
Fort decisions Macomber
Cerresso Fort won by unanimous decision over Steve Macomber in a four round Super Middleweight bout.
Fort started strong in the first round, landing thudding hooks and crosses to the head. Macomber took them well, trying to counter with one punch at a time. Fort came out aggressively in the final round, hoping to hurt his opponent. However, Fort missed more with his punches than he landed, at times leaving himself wide open. However, Macomber was not able to capitalize on Fort’s mistakes.
All three judges, including Fightnews.com, score the bout 40-36 in favor of Fort.
Fort, from Saint Paul, MN, goes to 10-0, 8 KO’s. Macomber, from Lakeside, CA, falls to 3-9-1.
Martinez blasts away Brannies
Welterweight Anthony Martinez knocked out Nicholaus Brannies with one punch in the first round of a scheduled four round bout.
Martinez dug a hard left hook to the body of the southpaw Brannies. After a few seconds, Brannies grabbed his side in pain, dropping to his knees. Referee Tony Crebs counted Brannies out at 37 seconds.
Martinez, from Las Vegas, NV, goes to 4-0, 4 KO’s. Brannies, from Bend, OR, drops to 1-6.
- Former world champion Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, interim Super Welterweight titleholder Alfredo Angulo, Bantamweight contender Abner Mares, and Lightweight contender Urbano Antillon took in the action from ringside.
- The card was broadcast on Telefutura as part of its popular “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series. Former world champion Israel Vazquez served as commentator.
- Ring announcer was Joe Martinez.
- If one heard rattlesnake sounds throughout the broadcast, it was fight fans in attendance rattling maracas. Soccer has the vuvuzelas and for this night, Solo Boxeo at the Pechanga Resort and Casino had maracas.