Perez shines against Cabrera; Philly’s Dawejko scores another quick KO

Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Egg Harbor native DeCarlo Perez scored the most impressive win of his career when as he outworked formerly unbeaten June Ubaldo Cabrera to earn a 10-round unanimous deciosion at The D Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of Showtime’s Shobox telecast on Friday night.

The 24-year-old Perez (15-3-1, 5ko’s) took the fight on just one week’s notice after Cabrera’s original opponent Mike Gavronski (18-1-1, 12ko’s) was forced to pull out of the fight after injuring his hand in a bout back on August 15th, per several reports.

Perez, though, took advantage of his opportunity by dominating the second half of the fight by using a gorgeous mix of body sots and power shots, which took a toll of the 36-year-old Cabrera, who was deducted a point in the seventh round by referee Vic Drakulich for holding behind the head.

It was a very dry and humid night and the heat also seemed to affect Cabrera, but Perez seemed to unaffected by the 98-degree heat in the outdoor venue.

The judges saw it as followed.

Judge Adelaide Byrd gave Perez a 97-92 advantage. Judges Tim Cheatham and Richard Ocasio both favored Perez by a 98-91 margin.

Perez has now won four straight since suffering an eight-round split-decision loss against Wilky Campfort in early January 2014, while Cabrera, a two-time Olympian from the Dominican Republic suffered his first pro defeat.

In other action, Philadelphia heavyweight Joey Dawejko (15-4-2, 8ko’s) made quick work of a second straight opponent, when he scored a vicious first-round TKO win over Natu Visinia (11-2, 9ko’s).


The 25-year-old Dawejko came out firing and instantly staggered Visinia with an overhand right to the side of the head. He did not let up, as he followed up with a bunch of power shots to the head and the body, before Visinia was given a standing eight count.

But, Dawejko kept at him, landing a flurry of eight unanswered shots before the referee stepped in and put a halt to the action.

“I thought I would knock him out, but not that fast,” said Dawejko. “Natu’s a tough guy. My plan was to tire him out and take him out in the fourth of fifth round, added Dawejko, who outlanded the Samoan 18-1, 16 of them power shots.

Dawejko scored two knockdowns in just 75 seconds and has now dispatched two straight opponents in the first round in less than a month.

“This is very disappointing,” said Visinia. “I just wanted too long to get started with the jab and got caught with a good one.”

Visinia (11-2, 9ko’s) has dropped two of three.



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