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Perez Upsets Hovhannisyan on ShoBox

Photo: Craig Bennett / Showtime

Photo: Craig Bennett / Showtime

On Friday night at the Morongo Casino Resort in Southern California, Alejandro Perez (17-3-1, 11 KOs) scored a minor upset over the previously unbeaten Art Hovhannisyan (15-1-2, 8 KOs) in a close, 10-round bout.

The two fighters had previously sparred with each other, and although they consider themselves friends, the two tore in to each other like enemies.

AlejandroPerez_ArtHovhannisyan 02Perez’ previous appearances on ShoBox included two losses to Diego Magdaleno and Rico Ramos, but this time around, Perez fought like a man on a mission.

“It’s a great relief to finally win one on ShoBox, but I definitely felt I had it,’’ said Perez, who was triumphant despite getting docked a point for a low blow in the fifth.  “All the hard work paid off for me. Although this was my first fight in a year, I never stopped training and never quit going to the gym.

After 10 hard fought rounds, Perez came away with a unanimous decision with scores of 96-93 twice and 95-94.

“I think I surprised Art with my straight right hands down the middle. I don’t think he expected that. It was something we worked on specifically for this fight. I train hard to please the fans and give them a great show, and I think we gave them a great fight tonight.’’

Disappointed, Hovhannisyan didn’t argue the decision, acknowledging it was a close fight.

“It was a close fight,’’ he said. “I didn’t throw enough punches,” said a dejected Hovhanisyan.

WillieFortune_TureanoJohnson 03Earlier in the evening, Tureano Johnson (14-0, 10 KOs) handed Willie Fortune (15-1, 7 KOs) the first loss of his career in a lopsided 8-round clash.

Despite landing countless combinations and hard blows on Fortune, Johnson was unable to finish things early, which he found disappointing.

“This was really a frustrating fight for me because I really wanted to win it by knockout,’’ he said. “I am mad at myself for making so many amateur mistakes.”

“Fortune is a tough, tough guy and I hit him with all kinds of solid shots that most fighters would go down from,” added Johnson. “But when he didn’t, I didn’t alter my attack. I didn’t show patience. I didn’t listen to my corner, who wanted me to move more and fight a more technical fight. At the end of the day, this was a good learning experience for me. I know, though, that I can fight much better.’’

Johnson earned the decision with scores of 80-72 on the three judges’ scorecards.

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