To hit and not be hit: That is the idea.
Albuquerque boxer Aaron Angel Perez, combining pinpoint punching accuracy with air-tight defense, defeated Mexico’s Jose Antonio Martinez by unanimous six-round decision Saturday night in the super featherweight main event of a five-bout pro card at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Perez improved his record to 5-0 with four knockouts. Martinez is 11-15 with six KOs.
The bout was a shutout on the official scorecards. All three judges scored it 60-54, six rounds to none.
Though the total of punches thrown by the two fighters might have been close to even, Perez landed far more. Martinez landed a few body shots and an occasional blow to the head, but most of his punches fanned the air or were caught on Perez’s gloves.
“He was throwing a lot of shots, but I was able to make him miss maybe 80 percent of them,” Perez said. “That’s what we worked for, to not get hit much and be able to connect.
“We worked on it, and we were able to get it done tonight.”
In a semi-main event, Albuquerque welterweight (147) Willie Villanueva easily outboxed Mexico’s Ricardo Alan Fernandez over six rounds. The judges’ scores were 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55.
Villanueva (11-5-1, two KOs) spent most of the bout waiting for Fernandez (3-10-4, no KOs) to come forward, then peppered him with left jabs and straight rights.
In other bouts:
In a bantamweight (118-pound) bout, Los Lunas’ Brandi Montoya pounded out a victory by four-round unanimous decision over Albuquerque’s Cecilia Renova. Montoya is 6-2 (no KOs), Renova 1-1 (no KOs). The scores were 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37.
Montoya had a five-bout winning streak going when she left the ring in 2012 to join the U.S. Marines. She picked up where she left off Saturday, outworking and outpunching the game Renova virtually throughout.
“I feel a lot stronger (than before), for sure,” Montoya said. “I feel a lot more confident and more composed in the ring.”
Montoya, 26, a wife and the mother of a 1-year-old, said she isn’t sure about her boxing future.
“I’m gonna keep training, and if a fight comes up I’ll probably take it,” she said. “But I have a lot going on right now.”
How did it feel to back in the ring?
“Amazing,” she said.
In a welterweight (147) bout, El Paso’s Isaac Luna (3-0) scored what probably could be termed an upset, defeating Albuquerque’s Ronnie Baca by unanimous four-round decision. The scorecards read 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37.
Baca, more than half a head taller than his opponent, couldn’t use his length effectively against the aggressive El Pasoan. Luna was consistently able to get inside Baca’s jab.
“That was part of the plan,” Luna said. “Use some angles. We weren’t gonna let him keep us outside.”
In a middleweight (160) bout, Andre Galarza defeated fellow Albuquerquean Daniel Garcia-Flores by four-round split decision. The judges’ cards read 39-36 and 39-36 for Galarza (1-2), 39-37 for Garcia-Flores (1-4).
In a crowd-pleasing opening bout, Galarza earned the decision over Garcia over four rounds that each could have gone to either fighter.
A planned junior middleweight bout between Albuquerque’s Jose Luis Sanchez (7-1, three KOs) and Oklahoma City’s Anthony Hill (1-25) was scrapped after Sanchez weighed in Friday at 158.4 pounds, almost 11 pounds heavier than Hill.
MMA: In Oklahoma City, Albuquerque-based Brazilian Ralph “Galasso” Ribeiro defeated Texan Victor Gonzalez by first-round TKO in a featherweight fight on an HD MMA card. Ribeiro is 3-0, Gonzalez 0-1.
Ribeiro trains at Luttrell-Yee.
In Tunica, Miss., Thomas Gifford of Brush Creek, Ark., defeated Albuquerque-based lightweight Chris Brown by split decision in the main event of a V3 Fights card. Brown is 2-1, Gifford 17-7. The Brown-Gifford scrap was accorded “Fight of the Night” status by the promoter.
Brown trains at Jackson-Wink.