Alex “Brick City Bullet” Perez Defeats Jeremiah Wiggins
Whippany (NJ) – KEA boxing made its return to the Birchwood Manor last night with a six-fight card headlined by Alex “Brick City Bullet” Perez. Perez didn’t disappoint, as he dispatched a tough Jeremiah Wiggins in three rounds. The thing about covering local cards is the people you meet. I ran into the first person to take a chance on me as a writer, John Archibald, and chatted with him before the fights. Local cards are great because, as the fighters grow, you can always say you saw them first. As always, KEA put on a great show and I can’t wait for the next one.
Alex Perez (18-1, 10 KO) – Jeremiah Wiggins (10-3-1, 5 KO)
Super Welterweights – Perez by stoppage R3
Newark’s Perez showed little ring rust in his first fight in 13 months. Using effective body punching, Perez controlled the opening round. Wiggins feinted and feinted in search of counterpunching opportunities, and although he dodged multiple shots, his style allowed the taller fighter the opportunity of controlling distance and pace.
Round two provided fireworks. A comfortable Perez began initiating contact in close and that provided Wiggins with the counter opportunities he needed. The fighters went toe-to-toe as both landed blows and then IT happened. During an exchange, both fighters unleashed right hooks, but Perez (the sharper puncher) landed first and dropped Wiggins, leaving him with both arms extended in the air. Credit to Wiggins; he beat the count and Perez moved in for the kill. After pinning Wiggins against the ropes, Perez landed a left hand that dropped Wiggins for the second time in the round. Wiggins beat the count again as the bell sounded and ended the round.
Wiggins’ legs showed wear as the third round started and Perez picked up the pace. Perez battered Wiggins and forced the stoppage by referee Randy Neumann.
Bobby Gunn Jr. (3-0, 3 KO) – Chris Strootman (0-1)
Welterweights – Gunn Jr. by stoppage R1
In his two previous fights, Gunn Jr. stopped his opponents in the opening round. This was first fight in New Jersey for the Hackensack native, and he kept the string going. The thing about fighting an opponent in his debut is you have no idea what to expect. Thirty seconds after throwing left hooks to the body and feeling out Strootman, Gunn Jr. unleashed a wicked right hand that dropped Strootman. Strootman beat the count, but found himself on the canvas again seconds later when Gunn Jr. landed a left hook to the body that caused a stoppage by referee David Fields.
Connie Viruet (1-0, 1 KO) – Angel Ford (0-4)
Women Light Middleweights – Viruet by stoppage R3
It was a contrast of styles; Ford relied heavily on her left hand and Viruet, from Hoboken, used pressure and a two-fisted attack. The two fighters fought evenly in round one. Aggressive Viruet pressed her way inside; once inside Viruet pounded Ford’s body and it paid off in the later rounds. Viruet closed the gap easier as her body attack showed in Ford’s work rate. In the middle of the second round, Viruet moved her attack to Ford’s face and the exchanges became one-sided. A minute into the third round, Ford’s corner stopped the fight because Ford struggled at defending herself.
Also on the card:
Queens’ welterweight Alex Serna crushed Steve Singleton in one round as both fighters made their debut.
In a heavyweight bout, Joey Cusumano (Richmond, VA) ended Excell Holmes’ night with a series of punches in the second round.
In a battle of unbeaten lightweights, Livingston’s Dwayne Holman Jr. earned a unanimous decision over Richard Bonds of Newburgh, New York.
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