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Old 05-13-2009, 10:57 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Sanchez Demolishes Perez in 5

WBC featherweight titlist Salvador Sanchez delivered a scintillating five-round advertisement for next month’s showdown with 122-pound king Wilfredo Gomez on Saturday at Olympic Auditorium, dispatching veteran Nicky Perez in brutally dismissive fashion.

Most expected Sanchez to work on his timing and stamina against Perez, who came in with a 50-3 record, 26 of the wins by way of knockout, but had done his best work at 122 pounds. Sanchez, however, came out as if his belt and reputation were at stake, flooring his smaller foe with a devastating right cross just 13 seconds into the first round.

Perez got up and managed to survive the round, but clearly lost the second and hit the deck early in the third, this time from a rapid-fire left-right to the face.

Again, Perez got up and barely made it to the bell, though the fight could and probably should have been stopped at any time in the final minute.

With Sanchez taking a breather in the fourth, Perez landed his only serious blows of the night, taking the round on the scorecards of all three judges.

That would be it for the native of Tucson, Ariz. Sanchez landed a heavy left hook in the opening moments of the fifth, then put on a clinic for more than two minutes, shaking Perez with just about every punch and combination imaginable. Finally, referee Robert Ferrara stepped in with Perez slumping into the ropes near his own corner, making a TKO winner of Sanchez with 14 seconds left in the round.

A more evenly matched, if briefer, skirmish broke out at ringside after the fight, when Sanchez traded wild swings with Gomez, a Puerto Rican native who started berating his Mexican rival with a string of obscenities.

Security intervened before the two champions could do any damage to each other or to what is widely considered the biggest featherweight bout since the days of Sandy Saddler and Willie Pep, scheduled for Aug. 21 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Last edited by BigBoyBrackey; 05-14-2009 at 10:01 AM. Reason: correcting Gomez's native land
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