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Peralta scores upset over Guerrero

Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

In the main event of Saturday night’s edition of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike, David Emanuel Peralta scored a split decision win over former multi-division titlist Robert Guerrero in Anaheim, Calif.

Peralta, (26-2-1, 14 KOs), who was a virtual unknown outside of Argentina and on the verge of retiring, stunned Guerrero by staying in the fight and seemingly landing the harder blows, especially after Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KOs) started off strong over the first couple of rounds.   Despite Guerrero outboxing Peralta in the early going, Peralta began countering well and gave Guerrero trouble from the outside.

In the ninth, Peralta landed a right hand that sent Guerrero falling into the corner, but was not called a knockdown. Over the final three round, Peralta found success with combinations as his confidence increased, giving himself vital points going into the decision.

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Scores were 116-112 and 115-113 for Peralta and 115-113 for Guerrero.

“I was a cab driver, driving cabs in Argentina. I was offered a chance to fight in the U.S. and came away victorious,” said an elated Peralta. “I came to fight and I knew I would win. He is a very good fighter but I hit him with the harder shots…I want to fight bigger names now, no way I’m going to retire now. I’ll be ready again to fight soon, this was no joke and I can beat a lot of great fighters.”

Guerrero, who was visibly upset by the decision added, “I thought I clearly won the fight. For the judge to say I lost eight rounds sounds crazy to me. Peralta was very awkward but I felt I won. I won the rounds when I boxed. This is very disappointing but I’ll be back, that you can count on.”

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In the co-featured bout, Freddy Hernandez (34-8, 22 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Alfredo Angulo (24-6, 20 KOs). The two fighters traded heavy shots from the opening bell, with neither willing to give up an inch. Though Angulo managed to land plenty of power punches, Hernandez seemed to have more steam on his own shots, and outpunched the slower Angulo. Scores were 98-92 and 97-93 twice for Hernandez.

“I felt great, I know I clearly won the fight. This weight is too big for me, I’m not a super middleweight or a middleweight. He still punches hard but I hit him harder tonight,” said Hernandez.

“I have a great deal of respect for Alfredo, tonight the people saw two real Mexican warriors.”

2012 U S. Olympian Terrell Guasha, (19-0, 9 KOs) also stayed unbeaten with a 10-round majority decision over the Steve Martinez, (16-3, 13 KOs) in the opening bout.

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