When former Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas stepped away from the sport in 2014, he had lost two straight fights. Since returning last month, he’s taken out two undefeated prospects.
Ugas completely routed the favored Bryant Perrella tonight at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Pojoague, dropping him twice and outclassing him en route to a fourth-round stoppage.
Ugas (17-3, 8 KO) set the tone immediately with a cross counter that took Perrella’s (14-1, 13 KO) legs out from under him. Though it was admittedly a flash knockdown, it sent Perrella’s craft and composure out the window. Ugas capitalized with constant counters, especially some vicious body shots that had Perrella visibly wincing.
Partway through the fourth round, Perrella seemed to snap out of his hesitance and put together combinations, only for Ugas to once more rock his world with an overhand right. He beat the count, but Ugas punished him until the referee stepped in.
Ugas appears to have emerged as a welterweight to watch. I’ll certainly be following his progress.
Ryan "Cowboy" Karl notched his biggest win to date in the middle feature when he battered fellow prospect Jose Felix Quezada (11-1, 6 KO) into submission. Karl (13-0, 9 KO) found an early home for his right hand, especially a slick uppercut, and managed to send Quezada to the mat late in the first.
Quezada swung it out with him in the second, but composed himself in the third and regularly landed a sneak left hook. Karl’s power was just too much, however, and a series of right hands kicked off a fight-ending flurry in the waning seconds of the fourth. Quezada made it to his feet after the second knockdown, but was clearly out of it. His corner correctly stopped the fight when the referee wouldn’t.
Though I’ve been critical of Karl in the past, he’s certainly fun to watch and this was a legit win.
Journeyman Cesar Alan Valenzuela upset prospect Dennis Galarza in the opening feature, overwhelming the taller man in what was a dull, clinch-heavy affair.
Galarza (13-2, 8 KO) started strong, working behind a sharp jab to the body and avoiding his foe’s wild overhand rights. As the fight progressed, however, Valenzuela (13-4-1, 4 KO) found more and more of a home for his power shots. Galarza responded poorly to the return fire, neglecting his jab and wading into the clinch with wide, ugly punches.
Without the strength of that jab, Galarza came out on the wrong end of the ensuing rough-and-tumble scrap. Valenzuela landed more, landed cleaner, and landed harder. Two of the judges scored it 77-75 for Valenzuela, while a third had it 77-75 the other way.
That third judge should be smacked upside the head. Repeatedly.
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