Mercito Gesta dominated his bout as expected and Eloy Perez dominated his bout somewhat more than expected Friday as they headlined Don Chargin’s five-bout card at Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco.
Gesta (21-0, 11 knockouts) of the Philippines stopped Genaro Trazancos (23-14) in three rounds in their light-welterweight bout, establishing in the first round that he could land his left cross and then loading up in the second and third rounds.
A left uppercut by the southpaw in the third round began the first of several flurries that put the Mexican journeymen in peril of going down, but he lasted the round before the ring physician determined the fight should be stopped. The bout proved a suitable North American showcase for the Filipino as the bout aired on the Telefutura network’s Solo Boxeo Tecate series in connection with Golden Boy Promotions.
Perez, the Salinas super-featherweight, improved to 20-0 by winning all eight rounds on every scorecard against Roger Gonzalez (27-4), a counterpuncher who mounted very little offense against his quicker opponent.
Criticize Perez if you must for not scoring knockouts, but he took just enough risks to mount a strong performance without putting himself in harm’s way.
“I just wanted Eloy to work off the jab, go round by round,” trainer Richard Familton said.
Although it appeared that Gonzalez was reluctant to venture inside, Familton said it was Perez who forced an outside fight to minimize the likelihood that Gonzalez would land his counter right.
“I dominated,” Perez said. “I did what I had to do.”
Two of the other bouts ended in draws. San Jose’s Clint Coronel (3-1-2) and Richard Hargreaves (2-0-1) of San Francisco were even on two scorecards in their super-welterweight bout. The scoring was more bizarre in Salinas super-welterweight Adolfo Gonzalez’s draw with Jose Leon of Visalia. Gonzalez won all four rounds on one scorecard, Leon won all four on a second, and the third had it 2-2.
The other bout was bizarre, too. It was supposed to be the opening bout of the night, but there were no paramedics in the house, and by the time a paramedic materialized more than an hour later, it was time for Telefutura to hit the air in the Eastern time zone. More than two hours later, light-heavyweight Joe Gomina finally made his pro debut successful by stopping flabby Jose Jesus Hurtado in 62 seconds.
Despite the paramedic snafu, the venue was a charmer, and a crowd of a bit more than 1,000 stuck around for the supporting bouts, anticlimactic though they were.