Dmitry Mikhaylenko vs Johan Perez, Manuel Avila vs Yoandris Salas & Tevin Farmer vs Daulis Prescott
BY KID HERSH
HBO Latino: From Fantasy Springs, Indio California came HBO Latino boxing. First up was Tevin Farmer (19-4-1, 4ko's) vs Daulis Prescott (29-2, 22ko's). Farmer showed right off the bat that he is the better skilled man, picking his openings on Prescott and clearly being the ring general. Farmer continued picking apart Prescott in the coming rounds, with him having the look of defeat in his corner after the third round. In the fourth round it was more of the same until with about thirty seconds left in the round Farmer landed a hard left hand that sent Prescott to the canvas. He took a full count and composed himself enough to make it through the round, but the referee missed a second knockdown when he went to his knee from a cuffing shot just before the round ended. Early in the fifth round it looked like Farmer was going to stop his man but he just didn't have the power to do so, even though he is a wounded man. Farmer came out swinging for the fences wildly in the sixth, looking for the knockout, but it wasn't until he settled down that he landed a beauty of a right hand that Prescott did not see coming, dropping him to the floor. Referee Ray Corona then gave Prescott a lot of time to compose himself, as Farmer hit him when he was already on the canvas. He also deducted a point for the foul. Prescott then took a very long time before saying he was ready to fight again - nearly the full five minutes allowed that you rarely see happen. Farmer came right at him with bad intentions for the remaining minute of the round but just doesn't have good power or killer instinct to take this man out. The knockout finally came after further beating and Prescott nearly falling over from exhaustion. It came in the eighth round from a solid right hand while Prescott was backing up into the ropes.
Next up was Manuel Avila (17-0, 7ko's) vs Yoandris Salinas (21-1-2, 14ko's). Both men were tense in the first round and trying to establish the upper hand. They both landed right crosses but they took each others power well. Salinas was very trigger shy in the second round and midway through we saw why when he finally stepped in and opened up and promptly walked into a straight right counter that dropped him to the canvas. Avila waded in for the kill after Salinas rose and showed surprisingly steady legs considering the vicious shot he walked into. He staved off the attack and made it to the end of the round. Salinas came out trigger shy, although pushing forward again, in the third round. A fight exploded about two minutes into the round when Salinas decided to open up again and it looked oddly familiar to the previous round because when he opens up he really leaves his defenses completely down. He managed to land some wild shots on Avila - who also could have a better guard - but Salinas is just too sporadic and getting hit far too much when he does show offense. Avila would then start to calmly and soundly outbox his man through the coming rounds. He landed a cracking right hand a minute into the fifth round that had Salinas backing up, clearly hurting him pretty bad as he held on for the remainder of the round. Then surprisingly at the end of the sixth round Salinas quit in his corner. He had the look of a beaten fighter but wow, he didn't even take serious punishment - aside from the early knockdown. He took some hard shots but this one is just one of those surprising moments where you don't quite expect the fight to end.
Main event time in Dmitry Mikhaylenko (19-0, 8ko's) vs Johan Perez (20-2-1, 13ko's). In the first round Mikhaylenko was pressing forward and setting the usual high pace fight that he likes. His overhand rights were hitting the mark and he had everything going for him. It was more of the same in the second round, as Mikhaylenko looked like he was little by little chipping more armor off of Perez as the minutes wore on. Perez had a decent third round as he kept up with the Russian punch for punch and even managed to get him to take some steps backwards after landing flush shots. The question is if this is a pace that he can keep up with for the remainder of the fight? I doubt it. In the fourth round Mikhaylenko took the fight back over and beat up on Perez, overwhelming him with pure energy and work rate. Mikhaylenko continued to take the fight over, with Perez looking very very tired as he no doubt just couldn't keep up with the constant throwing Russian in front of him. Perez was so tired that he nearly fell over from a left hook early in the seventh round. It didn't have a lot of mustard on it - as Mikhaylenko's punches usually don't - but he is so exhausted he is ready to tip over like a fallen tree. He managed to wing punches to last through the entire round, completely exhausted, The fight was finally stopped in the eighth round by Ray Corona when it was obvious that Perez has nothing to offer and can barely even lift his arms anymore to defend himself for that matter.