Featherweight prospect Ronny Rios stopped Jeremy McLaurin in the fourth round of thier Solo Boxeo Tecate main event on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif., but the fight of night was the televised co-feature between featherweight fringe contender Alejandro Perez and talented spoiler Derrick Wilson.
Perez (16-3-1, 11 knockouts) dropped Wilson four times en route to an entertaining eighth-round KO, but the 23-year-old Florida native got up from the first three knockdowns and boxed well enough to get back into the fast-paced fight.
Perez, a 25-year-old native of Salinas, Calif., who trains in L.A., had Wilson down at the end of the second and fourth rounds from clean hooks, and down again in the fifth from a questionable punch, before ending the shootout with a right cross 27 seconds into the eighth (and final) round. Referee Ray Corona halted the bout without issuing a count for the fourth knockdown.
Wilson (9-3-2, 3 KOs) fought well when he wasn’t picking himself up off of the canvas. The speed demon out-jabbed Perez and landed clean right hands, however, the more mature fighter was the aggressor throughout. Perez weakened Wilson with his body attack and beat the flashy fighter to the punch with his left hook.
Rios-McLaurin wasn’t as exciting as Perez-Wilson, but it was a good scrap once it heated up. Rios, a 22-year-old boxer-puncher from Santa Ana, Calif., began cautiously — respecting the Minnesota-based anaheim native’s greater height and reach — but the undefeated prospect got into his groove in the third when he cornered McLaurin and let his hands go.
McLaurin (9-3, 5 KOs) tried to turn the tables on Rios (17-0, 8 KOs) by pressing the local favorite to the ropes at the start of the fourth. However, Rios rocked McLaurin with a cross-hook combination off the ropes and then quickly pinned the rangy boxer to the ropes where he landed a series of power shots that forced referee Raul Caiz Sr. to step in at 2:31 of the round.