Tony Harrison and Bryant Perrella fought to a split-decision draw (Picture by Sean Michael Ham-TGB Promotions)
Tony “Superbad” Harrison was in search of one thing to construct on after a 16-month layoff and the lack of his father, Ali Salaam, final 12 months because of the coronavirus. Southpaw Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella was seeking to get well from an anguishing loss by one second to Abel Ramos final February.
Neither junior middleweight acquired what they wished on Saturday evening.
Harrison and Perrella fought to a 12-round split-decision draw on the FOX PBC Struggle Night time primary occasion from the Shrine Expo Corridor, in Los Angeles, California.
Choose Max DeLuca had it 116-112 for Harrison (28-3-1, 21 knockouts), whereas decide Lou Moret had it 117-111 for Perrella (17-3-1, 14 KOs). Zachary Younger noticed it as a 114-114 draw.
“I assumed I did sufficient to win,” mentioned Perrella, who was developing from welterweight. “Within the first half of the combat I had him rocked and had him harm a number of occasions. He’s actual artful and he’s a veteran. I’m simply getting my ft moist at 154, however it was good to get this primary combat with Roy out of the way in which. It’s going to get even higher subsequent day trip.
“I felt robust and my stamina was good all combat. I needed to be good in there with a man like Tony Harrison. He has an actual good jab and a great attain and he can pop as effectively. I knew I couldn’t do something silly. He’s acquired a lot expertise and it was my first combat at 154 kilos. It was nice to combine it up with one of many massive canine within the division.”
Perrella, who had Roy Jones Jr. in his nook, landed 150/692 (22%) complete punches to Harrison’s 138/453 (30%). The actual distinction got here in Perrella’s 118/396 (30%) energy punch connects, to Harrison’s 78/171 (46%).
Bryant Perrella saved touchdown the straight left on Tony Harrison of their split-decision draw (Picture by Sean Michael Ham-TGB Promotions).
There was by no means any sense from Harrison that he was at risk of dropping.
“The judges do their job, I’m not disenchanted of their choice,” he mentioned. “I simply must ask myself what I wanted to do extra of and what I might have achieved higher at.
“I’ll know extra about how I did after I have a look at it once more. I in all probability might have let my palms go a little bit extra. I gave him a few momentum rounds the place he felt like he was doing higher than he actually was.
“It was good to be again in there and having enjoyable. He was craftier than I assumed he’d be. Numerous pictures he threw didn’t have a lot on them, and I in all probability acquired caught pulling again a pair occasions.”
Tony Harrison’s efficient jab saved him within the combat in opposition to (Picture by Sean Michael Ham-TGB Promotions).
There have been rounds just like the sixth, when Perrella snapped Harrison’s head with straight lefts. Harrison saved Perrella away with a gentle jab, however within the tenth, Perrella as soon as once more landed a straight left to Harrison’s face.
Jones instructed Perrella he needed to knock Harrison out to win. Harrison saved the identical method, feeling he was in cost.
“General, after 16 months I assumed I did okay,” Harrison mentioned. “I used to be in there with a transparent head and I used to be staying on my ft between rounds, so I do know my physique remains to be in nice form.”
Within the co-feature, Omar Juarez (11-0, 5 KOs) dominated Elias Araujo (21-3, 8 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight bout. It was a case in case you noticed one spherical, you noticed all of them. Araujo tried bull speeding Juarez, and the 21-year-old patiently staved off the fees.
Judges Rudy Barragan and Alejandro Rochin had it each 99-91 for Juarez, whereas Zachary Younger additionally had it for Juarez, 98-92.
“My coaches preach to me to remain calm within the ring and we apply that on a regular basis,” Juarez mentioned. “I understand how to maintain my composure and that’s the important thing to my success. I felt like I used to be extra comfy tonight. I’m simply going to maintain getting higher combat after combat.
“I really feel like I might have gone 10 extra rounds. I’m going to take per week off then get proper again to the fitness center. I’m going to coach with my good buddy Mario Barrios for the subsequent month and a half.”
In a shocker, James Martin (7-2, 0 KO) upset extremely touted welterweight prospect Vito Mielnicki, Jr. (8-1, 5 KOs) with an eight-round majority choice. The 23-year-old Martin took the combat to the 18-year-old Mielnicki, urgent him and breaking him down with double left hooks, adopted by proper uppercuts.
James Martin pulled off the shocker in opposition to beforehand undefeated Vito Mielnicki (Picture by Sean Michael Ham-TGB Promotions).
Martin even bloodied Mielnicki’s nostril for the primary time in his profession.
Choose Max DeLuca scored it a 76-76 draw, which was overruled by judges Lou Moret (77-75) and Alejandro Rochin (79-73).
Martin nearly doubled Mielnicki’s complete punch output, touchdown 148/612 (24%) to Mielnicki’s 88/358 (25%). Martin linked on 98/293 (33%) energy punches to Mielnicki’s 65/215 (30%).
Martin closed robust. Within the seventh, he went again to doubling his left hooks, adopted by proper uppercuts that backed up Mielnicki.
“I labored onerous for this combat,” Martin mentioned. “I used to be working all camp on pressuring, going ahead and throwing plenty of punches. At first, I assumed he can be taller than me, however I felt like we have been the identical peak in there.
“So, I simply stayed on my boxing. I watched tape on him so I wasn’t stunned by something he delivered to the ring. I made positive I saved popping the jab, working onerous and including factors rounds by spherical.”
On the undercard, Efetobor Apochi remained undefeated by dropping Deon Nicholson (14-1, 13 KOs) for the primary time after which stopping him for the primary time, at 1:12 of the third spherical within the WBA cruiserweight title eliminator.
Apochi (11-0, 11 KOs) downed Nicholson within the second spherical, after initially beautiful him with a proper uppercut. Apochi then knocked Nicholson later within the second with a proper uppercut. Coming again on unsteady legs within the third, Nicholson couldn’t do something to maintain Apochi off of him. An overhand proper knocked Nicholson down within the third, inflicting referee Jerry Cantu to finish it.
“After the primary spherical, I mentioned to Ronnie (Shields, his coach), I mentioned, ‘He’s going to give up,’ and Ronnie mentioned, ‘Make him give up,’” Apochi mentioned. “I noticed it in his eyes. After I punched this dude with some massive proper palms, I noticed his eyes going out and in. He didn’t wish to be there.”
Junior featherweight Chavez Barrientes (5-0, 4 KOs) stopped Luis Valdes (7-8-1, 2 KOs) within the first when Valdez did reply the bell for the second in scheduled six-rounder. Junior welterweight Darwin Value (17-1, 10 KOs) stopped Saul Corral (23-17, 13 KOs) at :20 of the fifth of a scheduled eight-rounder.
Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter who has been working for Ring Journal/RingTV.com since October 1997 and is the president of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America. He will be adopted on twitter @JSantoliquito.