Tony Harrison took a small step backward whereas Bryant Perrella most likely moved forward considerably. Neither fighter left the ring glad on Saturday.
Harrison, the previous junior middleweight titleholder, and Perrella fought to a cut up attract a 12-round battle that was troublesome to attain on the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Corridor in downtown Los Angeles.
The broad disparity within the scoring was proof of that. Choose Max DeLuca had Harrison successful 116-112, eight rounds to 4. Lou Moret scored it for Perrella 117-111. And Zachary Younger had it 114-114. Boxing Junkie scored it 115-113 for Perrella.
Harrison (28-3-1, 21 KOs) hadn’t fought since December 2019, when he misplaced his title by knockout to Jermell Charlo. That was the final time Harrison had in his nook his father/coach Ali Salaam, who died of COVID-19 a yr in the past.
And maybe the layoff and absence of a well-recognized voice performed a job in his efficiency, which was so-so at greatest. He threw loads of jabs however comparatively few energy pictures, solely 14 per spherical, based on CompuBox.
Perrella was the busier fighter total, outpunching Harrison 692-453 total and 396-171 in energy pictures. That clearly impressed Moret. Nonetheless, Perrella outlanded Harrison solely 150-138 and Harrison would possibly’ve landed the cleaner punches, which apparently swayed DeLuca.
Perrella most likely needed to two largest rounds within the battle, Nos. 3 and 6, throughout which the underdog clearly outworked and outlanded Harrison. One may argue that the rest of the rounds may’ve gone both approach.
Thus, the end result was anybody’s guess within the interval between the ultimate bell and the announcement of the end result. The fighters, each of whom hoped to maneuver up within the line for a shot at a serious title, have been expressionless once they heard the phrases “cut up draw.”
Nobody appeared to object to the end result, a minimum of not overtly instantly after they discovered their destiny.
Harrison stated afterward that he did “OK.”
“It was good to be again in there and having enjoyable,” he stated. “He was craftier than I assumed he’d be. A number of pictures he threw didn’t have a lot on them, and I most likely obtained caught pulling again a pair occasions. Total after 16 months I assumed I did OK.
“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 continues to be in nice form.”
He went on: “The judges do their job, I’m not dissatisfied of their determination. I simply should ask myself what I wanted to do extra of and what I may have achieved higher at. I’ll know extra about how I did after I take a look at it once more.
“I most likely may have let my palms go a bit of extra. I gave him a few momentum rounds the place he felt like he was doing higher than he actually was.”
Perrella believes he deserved the nod.
“I assumed I did sufficient to win,” he stated. “Within the first half of the battle I had him rocked and had him damage a number of occasions. He’s actual artful and he’s a veteran.
“I’m simply getting my ft moist at 154, but it surely was good to get this primary battle with Roy out of the way in which. It’s going to get even higher subsequent outing.”
The fighters shared greater than a draw in any case was stated and achieved: The each at the moment are winless in consecutive fights. Harrison was coming off the setback towards Charlo, Perrella from his last-second knockout loss to Abel Ramos in February of final yr.
Nicely, a minimum of they didn’t lose back-to-back fights.