Jr. Lightweight contender Toka Kahn Clary was able to go 2 for 2 by scoring his second stoppage of veteran Jonathan Perez on Thursday night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI. In what was a rematch from a bout in June 2015, an encounter where Clary scored a sixth round knockout of Perez, in a bout in the 126lb. Featherweight division, the current North American Boxing Association (NABA) Jr. Lightweight champion was able to end Perez’ night in a shorter period this time around.
After a relatively quiet opening round in a fight where his regional championship was not at stake, Clary brought the fight to a sudden conclusion in round two when he connected with what appeared to be a short left uppercut that split the guard of Perez and sent him down on his knees in a neutral corner. Perez made an attempt to beat the count, but could not get his leg underneath him and the bout was stopped by Referee Danny Schiavone at the count of eight. Official time of the stoppage was 1:49 of round two. Toka Kahn Clary advances to 28-2, with 19 Knockouts. Jonathan Perez falls to 38-26, with 30 Knockouts.
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In a Welterweight bout, undefeated prospect James Perella scored a workmanlike four round unanimous decision over Antonio Castillo. A fight that was fought at a tactical pace from the start, Perella was able to keep Castillo at distance with his jab and mixing in combinations. Castillo was able to have occasional moments throughout using angles to keep Perella honest, but was simply not able to do enough to make up ground on the scorecards as all three judges scored the fight in Perella’s favor. Official scores were: 40-36 (On all three scorecards) in favor of Perella. James Perella advances to 6-0, with 4 Knockouts. Antonio Castillo falls to 1-2, with 1 Knockout.
Unbeaten Middleweight Francis Hogan scored a fourth round stoppage of Charon Spain. Hogan used his height and range to control the bout from the opening bell. The former New England Golden Gloves champion found success in hitting Spain with right hands to the head throughout. It was a right hand to the head in round four that staggered Spain into the ropes resulting in a knockdown being credited to Hogan as the ropes prevented Spain from going down. Hogan closed the show with a follow up barrage along the ropes that forced a stoppage of the fight. Official time of the stoppage was 2:39 of round four. Francis Hogan advances to 3-0, with 3 Knockouts. Charon Spain falls to 2-14-2, with 1 Knockout.
Undefeated Jr. Welterweight Elijah Peixoto opened the evening by scoring a first round stoppage of a “Game” Kristopher Berberich. Peixoto implemented an attack to the body of Berberich from the outset. Peixoto applied pressure on Berberich quickly forcing him backward and targeting his body. Although Berberich attempted to halt that pressure and did land a few wide hooks, he was unable to keep Peixoto off of him. A combination of hooks with both hands sent Berberich down and through the ropes as the fight was immediately stopped at 2:42 of round one. Elijah Peixoto advances to 3-0, with 2 Knockouts. Kristopher Berberich falls to 0-2, with 0 Knockouts.
A scheduled six round Welterweight bout between Khiry Todd and Ryan Pino was cancelled earlier in the day due to an undisclosed illness Todd is said to have been sidelined by. There is no word as of this writing as to what Todd’s condition is or if the fight is intended to be rescheduled for a later date.
As much of the coverage of not just the sport of Boxing, but of general news and information in 2020 has been and will continue to be dominated by the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, the consistent theme that will be front and center for Boxing and by extension all combat sports as long as sports are able to remain active will be promoters at all levels of combat sports looking to resume activity. For promoter Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing, a mainstay of the sport and particularly the New England Boxing scene, this card represented the first step in resuming their schedule following a return of the promotional company’s mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion CES MMA on October 14th at the same Crowne Plaza Hotel. One can only hope that the circumstances of COVID-19 improve globally and as things improve it will reopen the doors for promoters at every level to not only resume business where hopefully they will be able to sell tickets to spectators in time, but also provide opportunities to fighters who have been severely impacted by the epidemic.
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