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.