Falcón beat Pérez by split decision. Strange defeats of José Alvarado and Kyle Erwin (Videos of the fights)
Ciudad Deportiva Heiner Ugalde, Hatillo, Costa Rica.
In the early undercard of the Golden Boy Promotions evening, three bouts took place. In one of them, the American super featherweight Ofacio Falcón 8(6KO)-0 beat by split decision (58-56 double and one 56-58) the local José Manuel «Pacman» Pérez 10(8KO)-6(1).
In this clash of styles, neither of them imposed his weapons unquestionably. On the contrary, Falcón moved close to the ropes and landed his jab and some counters but had a very low punching rate, while Pérez tried to press but his ring cut was generally ineffective, he missed hands and was only sporadically able to corner his opponent and connect aggressive combinations. Thus, the clash ended up being decided by a narrow margin in favor of Falcón, who won decisive rounds with his accurate jab, some opportune counters and some skillful dodges and blocks.
This matchup was preceded by a strange second-round defeat suffered by the American super lightweight Kyle Erwin 5(2KO)-1(1) against the local Lorenzo Garro 4(2KO)-0.
In the first round a straight right hand from Erwin staggered his opponent, who was subsequently hit by flurries of hooks until Garro was able to clinch. Then, without a knockdown, the referee made a count that gave the Costa Rican time to recover and reach the break. Although the explosive Erwin was in his way to victory, in the second round he suffered a serious cut on his right eyelid that made the doctor and the referee decide to stop the fight. Since the cut seemed caused by a clash of heads, the logical thing would have been to declare the fight a technical draw but, surprisingly, Garro’s arm was raised in a result of TKO victory.
Much more questionable was the majority decision victory (56-56 and double 557-56), announced as a split decision, of the Nicaraguan lightweight, resident in Costa Rica, Keling Fonseca 4(2KO)-5(2) over the undefeated Mexican José “ Karma” Alvarado 9(5KO)-1, who seemed to do more than enough to win a fight initially scheduled for eight rounds but which was reduced to six.
Fonseca put will and answered bravely in the exchanges at close range, but Alvarado’s punches were more forceful and precise. This was even more clear in the last stretch, in which Fonseca was worn out (he threw to the mat his mouthpice twice) and was hit by good hooks down. For this reason, not even the deduction of one point to the visitor in the third round for repeated clashes of heads (caused by both fighters) seemed to justify the final scorecards, two of which irrationally gave three rounds to each boxer (plus the point deducted).
Bellow, official video of the evening Yokasta Valle vs. Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen, courtesy of Golden Boy Boxing, which begins with the three fights above mentioned: