Perez earns lackluster decision over Primera
By Victor Garcia (August 30, 2004) 
The main event of a fight card held at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona and televised by Spanish language network Telefutura produced a ten round split decision victory in the super welterweight division for Mexican-American Danny 'Dynamite' Perez over the Venezuelan Marcos 'The Terminator' Primera. The lackluster performance by both combatants elicited stints of jeering and booing from the crowd in attendance.

Judging from the opening round, it looked to be a promising affair. Though both fighters used the first stanza to feel each other out, things heated up as the bell rang. Perez seemed to land a late shot that resulted in a retaliatory left from the physically bigger Primera. An angry Perez appeared ready to continue fighting as the referee stepped in to separate the two men.

For most of the bout Primera chose to box from the outside, utilizing his lateral movement to circle the ring while his counterpart Perez stalked him. Perez was clearly the aggressor early in the fight, but seemed to slow down considerably in the fifth round.

The sixth saw a more aggressive Primera take the initiative. He controlled the round, forcing a sluggish Perez to miss and hold. The Venezuelan who switched to a southpaw stance in this round chose to hold his guard low and clown the Mexican-American just before the bell sounded. Both fighters slowed their attacks considerably in the seventh, eighth, and ninth. The crowd responded with catcalls and hisses.

The only knockdown of the fight occurred in the tenth and final round when Perez went down from what appeared to be a low blow. The fallen fighter protested as the referee could be clearly heard saying, “I didn’t see it.”

The scores were 96-94 and 97-93 for Perez with the lone dissenter scoring it 95-94 for Primera. The mostly pro Perez crowd gave the scores a cold response. With the win Danny Perez improves to 30-4 (17). The loss leaves Marcos Primera with a 16-8-2 (10) mark.

In what was called a co-feature bout, Ricardo Barajas of Mexico, who is trained by former super featherweight world champion Roberto 'Grandpa' Garcia, was stopped by Johnny Nolasco of the Dominican Republic in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. Barajas making his American debut moved his training camp to the famed La Colonia boxing gym in Oxnard, California to prepare himself for this bout.

The clearly faster Nolasco used the ring effectively in fighting from the outside. By controlling the action with his superior jab and his vast arsenal of punches, the Dominican frustrated Barajas who was unable to find his range.

The first knockdown in the bout occurred in the third round. A straight right hand by Nolasco seemed to land on the back Barajas’ head. The Mexican attempted in vain to explain this to the referee as the official counted. A newly inspired Nolasco pressed the action for the remainder of the round.

The fourth proved to be the final round. From the opening bell Nolasco was effectively able to counterpunch a confused Barajas. The end of the fight came after Venezuelan wobbled the shorter Mexican with a left. Barajas smartly held on to avoid being knocked out. Nonetheless, Nolasco continued to work and was able to snap Barajas’ head back with a vicious right hand. A hurt Barajas attempted to avoid the leather being thrown at him when he was caught with another right which was followed by a third right that sent him to the canvas. Barajas beat the count but the action was waved off by the referee when Barajas was unsteadily trying to walk forward.

Johnny Nolasco ups his record to 14-3-3 (6), while Ricardo Barajas sees his record fall to 23-3-1 (22).

The only other televised bout was a middleweight clash between 'Marvelous' Shay Mobley of Illinois and southpaw Jesus 'The Hammer' Gonzales of Phoenix, Arizona. Gonzales proved to be the more powerful man in the ring by landing the harder shots. Though the fight went the six round distance and was a bit sloppy at times with a lot of holding and wrestling, there was enough action to satisfy those in attendance.

The most crowd pleasing moments of the fight came in the fourth round when Gonzales was able to land a series of lead right uppercuts that appeared to hurt Mobley. The ringside observers reacted positively every time the punch landed. At the end of the round Mobley was warned by his corner that they would stop the fight if he could not find a way to avoid the Gonzales’ lead right uppercut.

Needless to say, Mobley survived to hear the scores being read. The judges scored the bout 58-56 twice and 59-55 once, all for the hometown favorite Gonzales. The unanimous decision victory takes Jesus Gonzales to a record of 11-0 (8). The loss sends Shay Mobley home with a 6-4-1 (2) score.
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