FS1 Ahmed Elbiali vs Jean Pascal, Luis Ortiz Daniel Martz, Bryant Perrella vs Alex Martin, and Stephen Fulton vs Adam Lopez
BY KID HERSH
From Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Hialeah, Florida, came Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FS1.
First up on the card was Stephen Fulton (11-0, 5KO's) vs Adam Lopez (8-0, 3KO's). The referee was Telis Assimenios. In the first round Fulton looked like the veteran of the two as he was able to keep the eager Lopez on the outside with his movement and jab. Lopez was trying to press matters but was taking some damage for his efforts - in particular a nice left hook when Fulton was in the corner midway through the round that snapped Lopez's head back violently. Lopez took the shot well but looked a bit befuddled on what to do in the first round overall. Lopez continued with his heavy pressure in the second round that looked a bit reckless and was causing him to eat some occasional left hooks to the chin but by the end of the round the pressure was working for him as he caught Fulton with a right hand to the chin in the final minute of the round that wobbled his legs. Fulton stayed up for the remainder of the round but he was noticeably hurt from the right hand and the onslaught from the 21 year old Lopez. In the third round Fulton was still not fully recovered to start the round, but by the end of it he was landing some sharp punches and appeared to once again be back to 100% physically. It was a fairly even matchup between the young fighters, with Fulton having better movement and a better jab, perhaps better choice of punches, but Lopez was applying nonstop pressure and clearly getting to Fulton at times - causing him to be uncomfortable at times and not the ring general. Overall Fulton was in control for far longer periods of time for the majority of the fight. Lopez continued pressing forward and trying to mount an offense and hurt Fulton again but was mostly ineffective until the eighth and final round where he likely won the round with his high output and aggression - landing some of his best punches of the fight. It was too little too late, however, as he would lose the MD to Fulton.
Next up was Bryant Perrella (14-1, 13KO's) vs Alex Martin (13-2, 5KO's). The referee was Andrew Glen. In the first round it was touch and go until near the end of the round Perrella landed a beauty of a left hook to the chin of Martin. The shot dropped him in pieces to the canvas. He rose and made it through the round, which only had seconds left. In the second round Martin was extremely cautious, moving around the ring and not engaging Perrella very much. Martin continued fighting in a way that was making it very difficult for Perrella to land any big shots due to Martin moving and keeping just out of range the majority of time. Overall it was a fairly boring fight but Perrella won the UD, while not looking very good but his dance partner definitely did not want to engage anymore. The issue I saw with Perrella is that he had no plan B, no adjustment to his game. He just continued doing the same thing over and over that was not working.
Next up was Luis "King Kong" Ortiz (27-0, 23KO's) vs Daniel Martz (16-5-1, 13KO's). Samuel Burgos was the referee. Deontay Wilder was commentating as he could potentially face Ortiz eventually, if Ortiz could pass a drug test. In the first round Martz was a punching bag - which he was brought in for - but Ortiz looked amazingly slow to me despite dropping Martz with a body shot nearing the end of the first round. In the second round it only took one left hand on the button for Martz to crumble in pieces to the canvas. Ortiz immediately found Wilder and was yelling at him, trying to hype up a fight no doubt.
Main event time featuring Ahmed Elbiali (16-0, 13KO's) vs Jean Pascal (31-5-1, 18KO's). The referee was Telis Assimenios. Elbiali landed a right hand for his very first punch that hurt Pascal momentarily. Pascal landed a left while Elbiali was going for the kill that backed him off. Pascal was wild and taking more punches but also giving some good ones. The difference in the first round looked like Pascal cannot take a punch well anymore while Elbiali has youth and athleticism on his side. Pascal landed some good shots to end the round but one has to wonder if he can keep the pace that he set and the wild nature of his punches. In the second round Elbiali was waling straight into right hands, making one wonder how many he could take or how many Pascal could give. They were both throwing absolute bombs - technique being thrown out the window - with Pascal getting the better of it in the second round as he ended the round buzzing and hurting Elbiali with a barrage of powerful punches. Elbiali was walking into more bombs early in the fourth round - continuing to come forward and taking two to land one while showing a very good chin but I must admit not an amazing one simply because he was showing effects from the punches - not just eating them like they were nothing at all. The fight turned pretty sloppy and ugly in the fifth round, with Pascal tying up Elbiali on the inside and using veteran moves to stunt the younger mans work rate when he got in the range he wanted. Elbiali was absolutely exhausted in the fifth round - so much that he fell to the canvas from exhaustion and Pascal was toying with his man. He also walked Elbiali across the ring at the end of the round so that he could sit down when the bell rang and Elbiali had to walk back to his corner. To start the sixth round Elbiali was oddly talking to his corner outside the ring - likely trying to buy more time from exhaustion. Pascal bided his time and then pounced on Elbiali in the second half of the round and had his man exhausted again. Elbiali was taking punches on the ropes but more so than hurt he was simply exhausted physically and mentally and looked like a beaten fighter. His corner threw the towel in the ring and Elbiali did not protest it at all - showing that he was a mentally beaten fighter because it was an exhaustion barrier that he had to push through and he simply could not do it.