HomeUFCMatt “Sweet Child” Conway stops Jonathan Perez and Captures the IBA Intercontinental Junior Lightweight title | FightBook MMA
Matt “Sweet Child” Conway stops Jonathan Perez and Captures the IBA Intercontinental Junior Lightweight title | FightBook MMA
June 5, 2021
“I’ve stated many occasions and I’ll say it once more, Pennsylvania is without doubt one of the finest states within the nation for boxing. Our intention is to proceed placing on aggressive match up for the followers.”
Quantity puncher Conway, who vacated his IBA Intercontinental light-weight champion to struggle Perez (38-27, 30 KOs), the previous Colombian Tremendous Bantamweight Champion, got here out able to struggle Perez and after a quick feeling-out course of, Conway utilized intense strain throwing punches in bunches to Perez’ head and physique. Perez was unable to reply the bell after 4 grueling rounds.
Corridor of Fame referee Steve Smoger was the IBA supervisor at ringside.
“I needed him out by the sixth spherical, and I reached my objective,” a cheerful Conway stated after the struggle. “I believed I did a reasonably good job. I used to be a bit tentative, hesitant at first, as a result of I wasn’t certain of his energy. However then I received extra comfy, digging the physique, and breaking him down. After I began feeling my groove. I began touchdown my massive pictures. Subsequent up is the IBA World title, hopefully, in January. I would like that subsequent!”
Pittsburgh’s crowd-pleasing tremendous middleweight “Fairly” Richie Cantolina (7-0-1, 3 KOs) exploded out of the nook and completely dominated upset-minded Darryl “Dream King” Bunting (4-10-2, 2 KOs) within the co-featured occasion. The favored Cantolina, a former mixed-martial-arts fighter (12-8 as an novice), exploded early within the opening spherical, decking his opponent, after which completed off Bunting when he dropped him later within the first spherical.
Ohio tremendous featherweight Ryizeemmion “Humble Beast” Ford (5-1, 3 KOs) cruised to 4-round unanimous choice over late substitute Ryan Venerable (2-5). Ford’s constant jabbing saved Venerable at a distance, ultimately trapping ed Venerable on the ropes and unloading a barrage of punches to the top and physique. Ford scored a knockdown within the fourth spherical, however Venerable survived to go the space.
Puerto Rican-native Joel De La Paz (10-1-1, 6 KOs), combating out of Atlantic Metropolis (NJ), and Cleveland challenger Latiss Norman (4-6-1, 2 KOs) fought to a considerably disputed 6-round attract a extremely aggressive, technical struggle. Types make fights and Norman switched effectively between orthodox and southpaw stances, whereas De La Paz walked down his opponent and landed the extra impactful punches. De La Paz, whose 3-fight win streak was snapped, opened a reduce over Norman’s swollen left eye.
The Battle of the Evening was an entertaining 4-round match between Pittsburgh’s Deon “The Blood Hound” Goodlow (2-3,) and Ivan “The Hurricane” Hernandez (2-5-1, 2 KOs). Goodlow received a 4-round majority choice in a match contested at a 152-pound catchweight. Goodlow picked his spots, efficiently setting every little thing up together with his jabs, however Hernandez got here on robust in direction of the tip of the struggle.
Ohio tremendous featherweight Shawn Rall (0-5) registered his first victory as a professional with a first-round stoppage of North Carolina’s Brandon Grimett (0-3). Rall took quick management, making use of strain to stagger and drop his opponent.
MAIN EVENT – VACANT IBA INTERNCONTINENTAL JR. LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP Matt Conway (19-2, 8 KOs), Pittsburgh, PA WTKO4 (3:00) Jonathan Perez (38-27, 30 KOs), Barranquilla, Colombia (Conway received IBA Intercontinental Junior Light-weight title)
CO-FEATURE – SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS Richie Cantolina (7-0-1, 3 KOs), Pittsburgh, PA WTKO1 (0:44) Darryl Bunting (4-10-2, 2 KOs), Asbury Park, NJ
152-POUND CATCHWEIGHT Joel De La Paz (10-1-1, 6 KOs), Atlantic Metropolis, NJ D6 (58-56, 56-58, 57-57) Latiss Norman (4-6-1, 2 KOs), Dunkirk, NY
LIGHTWEIGHTS Deon Goodlow (2-3, 1 KO), Pittsburgh, PA WDEC4 (39-37, 39-37, 38-38) Ivan Hernandez (2-4-1, 2 KOs), Dunkirk, NY
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