Bryant Perrella vs Yordenis Ugas, Ryan Karl vs Quezada, Dennis Galarza vs Valenzuela
BY KID HERSH
PBC Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays on FS1 from the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico. First up was Dennis Galarza (13-1, 8KO's) vs Cesar Alan Valenzuela (12-4-1, 4KO's). The first round was pretty fast paced with both men landing good shots. Galarza's punches had more power on them and were sharper but his defense in the first round was very leaky. The story of the second round was Galarza's right hand, which had the ability to hurt Valenzuela when it landed flush. Neither man had much of a defense or a hard punch as they landed their best shots in the coming rounds but simply could not hurt the other man. By the end of the fourth round both men were very tired but Galarza was then being hurt by Valenzuelas right hands that he could not miss with. Galarza looked like a beaten fighter in the fifth round but he would rebound, finding his second wind in the coming rounds to fight back while pressing Valenzuela backwards. He still was not super effective though, he just looked better because he looked like he was not going to stopped anymore. Galarza would get whupped in the eighth and final round, looking like he was so exhausted he was going to topple over and not be able to climb off the canvas. He nearly got stopped but to his credit he made it through the fight. The cards would come in a split decision for Valenzuela. A bit surprising it was not unanimous but at least the right guy won.
Next up was a battle of undefeated prospects in Jose Felix Quezada (11-0, 6KO's) vs Ryan "Cowboy" Carl (12-0, 8KO's). The fight started off with both men very keyed up. Carl was landing the cleaner shots though as he pulled away in the second half of the first round. He landed a beauty of an uppercut that buckled Quezada's legs two minutes into the round. He waited patiently and landed more hellacious blows and scored a knockdown off a right hand with only seconds remaining in the round. Quezada rose to make it through the round but he took more damage right away in the second round as his face started to get discolored and rearranged from uppercuts and right hands landing flush. Karl laid back in the third and landed some body blows but then came out guns blazing to start the fourth. Quezada was a bloody and badly beaten fighter by the end of the round, going down for the first time in the fight right at the bell but the corner stopped the fight which was a very good decision because Quezada really shouldn't take more punishment - his eyes are closing and he cannot even stand straight. This is a huge, huge win for Karl here because it puts him on the map as a blue chip prospect that is serious. He looked like a very polished prospect and no doubt that has something to do with Ronnie Shields in his corner. Look forward to seeing more from him.
Next up was main event time featuring Yordenis Ugas (16-3, 7KO's) vs Bryant "Goodfella" Perrella (14-0, 13KO's). Ugas is coming off of a big upset win over the undefeated prospect Jamal James just six weeks ago. Hopefully, he does not ironically make the wrong decision in fighting so quickly which may have been the cause of Jamal James losing to him! Ugas was one of the top amateurs in the world and had 385 fights but is one of those guys that just has not really translated that to the pros. No doubt though his professional record is deceiving because his three losses are all controversial. The first round started off in extremely exciting fashion as Perrella got lazy with a left hand and Ugas came back right over the top with a right hand that dropped him. Perrella rose and looked steady while Ugas still pressed him for the remainder of the round and was looking the stronger and crisper man. Perrella's legs looked ok and he got busy with his hands from the outside as he circled but you could tell that he was clearly bothered as he peppered Ugas with punches that were mostly blocked. In the second round Ugas showed his vast experience and again put his skillset on display as he touched Perrella with feeler jabs and lined him up for fast and accurate right hands that thudded home. He also dug to the body very effectively and still clearly has the upper hand on the green prospect. Ugas dominated the third round as well behind a tight guard that he would burst out of with accurate shots after placing Perrella right where he wanted him. Perrella was again in trouble at the end of the round from a powerful right hand that Ugas slammed home when Perrella left his guard down again. Perrella came out looking to fight his man in a dog fight hoping to change how the fight was going since boxing his man was not working. Well, it turns out that Ugas is simply the better man on this night because Perrella got dropped with a right hand for the second time in his career (both by Ugas tonight!) and stopped when Ugas trapped him in a corner and unloaded dozens upon dozens of unanswered blows. Wow, what a statement here tonight as Ugas just completely dismantled yet another blue chip prospect - but this time far, far worse than in the past. Its very rare when you say that a 30 year old fighter is still very clearly improving each and every time out. This is no doubt due to him still adjusting to the professional ranks after so many fights and years as an amateur in Cuba.