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Friday Night Fights: Perez-Maicelo Results (2015-1-9)

Bad Left Hook brings you the full results for this excellent season premiere for ESPN's 18th season of Friday Night Fights, which featured a satisfying main event scuffle between Darleys Perez and Jonathan Maicelo.

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In the night's main event, Peruvian Jonathan Maicelo, who is from Peru, battled Darleys Perez for some kind of belt, apparently. Maicelo, the Peruvian, is very famous in Peru. He's like Manny Pacquiao over there, if Pacquiao were from Peru.

In all seriousness, this was a fun and competitive bout. Early on Maicelo (21-2-0, 11 KO) looked to have a serious speed advantage, and he used his highly active style to stay ahead of Perez on the scorecards, though he rarely landed anything of consequence. As the fight wore on, however, Perez (32-1-0, 20 KO) began timing everything that Maicelo threw, picking off every one of the Peruvian's punches with his gloves and countering with hard right hands and left hooks. As Perez's activity increased, so too did his dominance. The Colombian, who has always been a slow starter, warmed to his work and knocked Maicelo down in Round 11, before finishing strong with a brutal Round 12 that saw Maicelo staggering around the ring as Perez rained down fierce combinations.

Darleys Perez defeats Jonathan Maicelo by Unanimous Decision. (118-109, 118-108, 120-107)

Bad Left Hook had it 117-109 for Perez.

The night opened with a predictable bang, as Francisco Santana knocked out very late replacement Kendal Mena in the very first round. This was Mena's (20-1, 11 KO) first ever step up in competition--Teddy Atlas rightly described the opponents on his previously undefeated resume as "weak and decrepit." Santana (22-3-1, 11 KO) is neither weak nor decrepit, and delivered a pair of brutal left hooks to put Mena down and out in quick fashion.

Francisco Santana defeats Kendal Mena by KO, Round 1.

Jarrell Miller and Aaron Kinch put on an entertaining heavyweight boutperformance in the night's co-main event. Miller (12-0-1, 9 KO) battered his opponent for the full six rounds, staggering him multiple times but never managing to drop his extremely durable opponent. That's really all that can be said for Kinch (5-4-2, 1 KO) who looked generally sloppy and under-prepared. Miller, on the other hand, looks like a fighter who could possibly contend with a diet and a bit of conditioning; at 26 years of age, it's not impossible that he becomes a name to remember in the dismally thin heavyweight division within the next few years.

Jarrell Miller defeats Aaron Kinch by Unanimous Decision (60-54 x 2, 60-53).

Bad Left Hook had it 60-55 Miller.

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