Peralta and Pedraza the huge winners of the return

South American and World Boxing Council (WBC) Latino cruiserweight champion, two-time olympian and unbeaten Argentinean prospect Yamil Peralta, defeated tough countryman Marcos “El Comandante” Karalitzky, by a wide unanimous decision after twelve rounds, and defended for the first time his South American crown, at the main event of an exciting boxing night on Friday night at the Club Atlético, Social y Deportivo Camioneros, in Luis Guillón, Buenos Aires, Argentina, promoted by Argentina Boxing Promotions, of Mario Margossian.

In the co main event of the evening, undefeated prospect Federico “El Zurdo” Pedraza defeated Alan “El Lumbriz” Luques Castillo, by a wide unanimous decision after twelve rounds, and dethroned him of the South American featherweight title.

The event marked the awaited return of boxing in Argentinian soil since the irruption of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and was be in charge of the same company that promoted the last boxing show in the country, on March 13th in Buenos Aires. After months of hard and silent work the sport had its long-expected resumption, in a show behind closed doors for the public, with the strictest security controls following the health protocols issued by national and municipal health authorities, as well as the Argentinian Boxing Federation.

In a slow processing clash, Peralta, 29 years old, from Del Viso, Buenos Aires, Argentinean representative in London 2012 -where he reached quarter finals- and Rio de Janeiro 2016, #1 of the Argentinean cruiserweight ranking and #22 WBC, who on May 11th, 2019, easily controlled Karalitzky, 31, from Temperly, Buenos Aires, #8 of the Argentinean light heavyweight ranking, from bell to bell. With his better skills, punch precision and his greater physical size, he connected his left jab followed by right crosses and uppercuts to the face. Despite the challenger’s attemps, Peralta impacted his combinations of fine uppercuts and crosses to the chin. Although “El Comandante” was able to land rarely right curved and crosses to the upper zone, the two-time olympian was always in control with barrages of all kind of blows to the body and face. As rounds went by, the differences were more than evident. So after the final bell rang, there was only time for the unquestionable title defense.

The scorecard expressed the difference shown on the ring, as they were announced: Jorge Gorini 117-111, Alejandro Bokser 118-110, and Javier Geido 116½-114..

With this result, Peralta, who weighed 198.8 lbs., who dethroned Marcos Aumada by unanimous decision to conquer his WBC Latino belt that after beating Esteban López he defended in the rematch over Aumada, retained the South American crown he obtained on February 1st when he destroyed Darío Balmaceda by a strong technical knock out in the ninth round in Los Polvorines, Buenos Aires, moves on to 12 victories (2 KOs), in the same amount of bouts. Karalitzky, 195.3 lbs., who after losing on points against Russian puncher Artur Ziyatdinov in Canada, came after December 13th defeating Damián García by unanimous decision, remains in 13 victories (2 KOs), 4 defeats and 2 draws.

In the co main event of the evening, undefeated prospect Federico “El Zurdo” Pedraza (125.5 lbs. and 12-0-1, 1 KO) dominated Alan “El Lumbriz” Luques Castillo (124.3 lbs. and 27-10, 10 KOs), by a wide unanimous decision after twelve rounds, and dethroned him of the South American featherweight title.

The scorecard were: Javier Geido 118-112, Jorge Gorini 118-110, and Alejandro Bokser 118-110.

With a big attitude, a clear strategy and excellent skils, Pedraza, 24 years old, from San Martín, Buenos Aires, #1 of the Argentinean featherweight, dominated widely Luques Castillo, 29, from Córdoba, #2 of the Argentinean featherweight ranking and former WBC Latino super bantamweight champ, who was making his fifth title defense. With a permanent footwork, punch precision and a winning mind, “El Zurdo” first let the champion come forward to counterpunch with fast right jabs and left crosses to the face. As the rounds went by, the challenger’s advantage grew much bigger. Confident, Pedraza took the center of the ring and displayed his attack combinating to the body with his hooks and to the chin with strong uppercuts and crosses of both hands. The experienced champion was helpless. He wasn’t able to do anything against the 24-year-old’s superiority. Despite the fact in the end of the seventh round Pedraza received an accidental headbutt by “El Lumbriz”, which caused a cut over his left eyelid, he never lost control of the bout. And in the final rounds, he connected powerful barrages of all kind of blows to the head and body, to earn a wide and well deserved victory.

Beyond the main fights, a heated card completed the night. Undefeated prospect Emmanuel “GES” Schramm (147 lbs. and 7-0-1, 5 KOs), from Moreno, Buenos Aires, defeated unstoppable Rodrigo “Finito” Escasena (146.1 lbs. and 9-14-3, 1 KO), from La Plata, Buenos Aires, by unanimous decision after six rounds. The scorecard were: Jorge Gorini 58-56½, Alejandro Bokser 60-54½, and Javier Geido 60-54½.

In another great attraction of the evening, in a rematch in welterweight division, current Argentinian lightweight champion, Yamila Abellaneda (137.7 lbs. and 10-4, 3 KOs), from San Juan, dominated Sofía “La Lobita” Rodríguez (142.1 lbs. and 2-4), from Laprida, Buenos Aires, by unanimous decision after six rounds, after last December 20th Abellaneda also won by unanimous decision after four chapters at this same venue. The scorecard were: Javier Geido 58½-57, Alejandro Bokser 59½-55½, and Jorge Gorini 58-56.

Also, in heavyweight division, Gustavo “El Volcán” Schmitt (200.9 lbs. and 6-11-1, 1 KO), from Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires, defeated former South American and Latino heavyweight champion Gonzalo “Patón” Basile (240.1 lbs. and 75-14-0-1 sd, 36 KOs), from Lanús, Buenos Aires, by unanimous decision after six rounds. The scorecard were: Alejandro Bokser 59-56, Jorge Gorini 58½-57, and Javier Geido 60-54½.

Finally, in featherweight division, Maximiliano Maidana (122.5 lbs. and 4-0, 2 KOs), from Buenos Aires, beat debutant Rodrigo “Rocky” Roldán (126 lbs. and 0-1), from Grand Bourg, Buenos Aires, by unanimous decision after four rounds. The scorecard were: Alejandro Bokser 40-36½, Jorge Gorini 40-36, and Javier Geido 40-36.