Eric Hunter and Michael Perez Win at South Philly’s Arena Tuesday
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Eric Hunter and Michael Perez Win at South Philly’s Arena Tuesday
By Ken Hissner, Dog House Boxing (Jan 24, 2015)

Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter
Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter
Philadelphia’s USBA featherweight champion Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter, 20-3 (10), defeated the WBC Silver super featherweight champion Rene Alvarado, 21-4 (14), of Nicaragua over 10 round’s in the main event at South Philly’s 2300 Arena Tuesday night!

For some reason Hunter started the fight as a southpaw and it didn’t work to his advantage before wisely returning to his natural orthodox stance. Both fighters suffered cuts over the eyes with Hunters almost closing his left eye caused by an accidental clash of heads in the second round. Alvarado’s cut over his right eye was in the fourth round. The boxers never seemed to get the crowd into this one.

Hunter was in control for the most part but it wasn’t one of his more spectacular showings. The eighth round had both fighters firing away at one another. Alvarado would come back and take the ninth but Hunter the tenth to seal the win. Judges Dewey La Rosa and David Braslow scored it 97-93 while Steve Weisfeld scored it 98-92 all for Hunter.

DHB had it 97-93 for Hunter. Gary Rosato was the referee. Hunter is ranked No. 8 in the IBF.

This was a Golden Boy Promotion with J Russell Peltz and Brittany Rogers serving as matchmakers and covered by Fox Sports 1.

In a 10 round co-feature and the fight of the night New Jersey’s Michael “The Artist Angel” Perez, 22-2-1 (10), of Newark, the WBA Fedelatin super lightweight champion extended his winning streak to eight including a draw. He suffered cuts over both eyes against the former WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta, 29-8-2 (23), of Venezuela now residing and making his home in Philadelphia under Chuck Diesel’s management. It was Perez’s fourth Philadelphia appearance.

It looked like it would be trouble for Perez early suffering a cut over the left eye in the second round. He kept dropping his left after jabbing allowing Acosta to land numerous right hands to the head. Perez scored knockdowns in the seventh and tenth rounds which helped to pull out the win! Braslow had it 97-94 while La Rosa and Weisfeld saw it 96-93 as did DHB.

In a special 6 round light welterweight match that was the last fight of the night but didn’t quite live up to expectations Philly’s Ray “Tito” Serrano, 20-2 (9), now under Mark Cipparone’s Club 1957 easily defeated southpaw Jerome Rodriguez, 6-2-3 (2), of Allentown, PA, who is under Jim Deoria’s management.

Rodriguez couldn’t slip punches enough and it allowed Serrano in his second comeback fight to score mostly with right hands. Referee Rosato had his hands full warning Serrano quite a bit for holding. He did this and scored inside. Rodriguez just looked flat.

Judges Mike Somma, Weisfeld and La Rosa had it 59-55 as did DHB.

Super welterweight southpaw Robert Sweeney, 3-2, of Manassa, VA, and Alex Sanchez, 5-6 (3), of Camden, NJ, put on a spirited 6 rounder. The stronger Sanchez dropped Sweeney in the fifth round scoring a mild upset. All 3 judges had it 58-55 as did DHB.

Lamont Roach, Jr., 6-0 (3), of Upper Marlboro, MD, scored knockdowns in the first and a pair in the fourth causing referee Smoger to wisely call a halt at 2:34 of the round spoiling Philly debut of Herbert “Sensational” Quartey, 12-11 (9), of Ghana, in a 6 rounder.

In a pair of 4 rounder’s Philadelphia’s Avery Sparrow, 4-0 (2), making his fourth 2300 Arena stopped Mexico’s Pedro Andre’s, 1-4 (1), now out of Bridgeton, NJ, at 1:41 of the first round in a swing bout. Referee and recently IBHOF inducted referee Steve “SS” Smoger had an easy one here.

In the show opener Carlos Rosario, 2-1 (1), of Pennsauken, NJ, knocked down Timothy McNair, 0-3, of Snow Hill, NC, and referee Rosato counted to 10 with McNair on one knee at 0:33 of the opening round in a scheduled 4 round super featherweight match. McNair seemed to complain of a shoulder injury while taking the count.

The 50th birthday celebration for former world champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins was met with singing happy birthday from the Arena crowd!

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