In the second bout of "Champions of Gold" fans got the chance to see the very talented and criminally under-rated Mark Anthony Geraldo (31-4-3, 14) defeat Mexico's teak tough and incredibly game Efrain Perez (17-5, 12) in a fantastic match up.
In the opening round it seemed clear that Geraldo, a southpaw, was the more confident and much more complete fighter as he came out aggressively and boxed beautifully behind his stiff, sharp jab and very sharp body shots. It was clear that one made had had better schooling and that was the more experienced Filipino who genuinely looked every bit a world ranked fighter.
The success of the Filipino continued through the second round as Perez, dubbed "The Matador", started to mark up on the face, the result of being tagged repeatedly by the fantastic little Filipino who was taking his chance to shine.
In round 3 the Mexican came out swinging with desperation in his mind. Unfortunately for him that just gave Geraldo even more openings to land power shots which, he did at will. Those shots eventually dropped a bloodied Perez to secure a definitive 10-8 round for the talented Filipino fighter.
It wasn't until round 4 that Perez managed to have any success landing a series of body shots before throwing Geraldo down. It was a remarkable come back round from Perez and one that certainly took something out of Geraldo though at the very end of the round the Filipino did manage to land a few shots of note, suggesting that he still had some fight left in the tank, despite the poor round. Geraldo managed to find his rhythm again the following round and started banging shots off Perez's head. Sadly for Geraldo he was deducted a point in round 5 for holding effectively neutralising the knockdown from earlier on in what was easily the closest round.
Perez continued his fight back in round 6 though things got messy as both men showed their tiredness. This tiredness saw Geraldo holding and being pushed down as Perez claimed another round and tightened up the scoring.
After the 6th round confusion struck with the fight being stopped, then looking set to resume before finally being stopped. This was a surprise to everyone as the belief was that this would be an 8 rounder not just 6. The premature ending was eventually clarified with Geraldo taking a unanimous decision with scores of 58-54, 58-54 and 57-55, much to the disgust of of Perez who shook his head. Although clearly disappointed the Mexican did seem more annoyed at the confusion than at Geraldo.
With the confusion at the end we're hoping that the fighters will agree to a rematch because it was great fun to watch and hopefully we'll get a natural conclusion rather than this completely bizarre one. Sadly this is the second time a Filipino has been involved in an odd ending in as many show in Macau following the questionable ending in the Nonito Donaire/Simpiwe Vetyeka fight the last time Bob Arum put on a Macau card.
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