Well, fight week has come to a close and I couldn’t be happier with the performance of both of my boxers; Jeff Souffrant and Angino Perez. Souffrant, our 154lb 2012 Florida Golden Gloves Champion, campaigning now at the 147lb wealterweight limit scored a unanimous decision victory over game George Quintero in his professional boxing debut, May 1st on a Thursday night segment of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights from Hialeah Park and Casino, promoted by Warriors Boxing. True to his word, Souffrant provided an action packed fight dropping Quintero inside the first minute of round 1 and continued to pepper his opponent throughout the remainder of the fight with solid head and body shots blooding his opponent till the final bell tolled. Judges were all in agreement with scores of 40-35. A fortunate start to a pro career; winning impressively on National Television – Can’t ask for much more than that. Stay tuned as we announce his next fight and in the meantime you can follow him on Facebook at Jeff “Rambo” Souffrant or on Instagram at jrambo31 and If you missed his nationally televised fight, don’t worry you can catch it here…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P_2CMEOSts
The following morning, On May 2nd I traveled to Sin City; Las Vegas, Nevada to catch up with cutman Luis “Chiro” Perez and my charge, Junior Welterweight – Angino Perez (15-5, 13KO’s) to square off against Mayweather Promotions fighter Ashley “Treasure” Theopane (35-6, 11KO’s) and former British champion in an eight round preliminary fight on the highly anticipated showdown between Marcos Maidana and Floyd “Money” Mayweather on Showtime PPV from the MGM Grand Arena. Unfortunately the stars were not aligned this weekend for Perez or any of the foes matched up against the Money Teams stable of fighters as all the fights were ultimately stopped early. I can’t speak for others, but highly respected and usually on point referee Kenny Bayless seemed to have made a premature decision in stopping the action between Perez and Theopane at around 2:50 of the 4th round just as things were starting to heat up. Perez, usually a slow starter was starting to find his rythm and range and connect with heavy blows to the body of Theopane as he lunged to get past Perez’s longer reach. Although clear headed and in fact smiling at Theopane, Perez unfortunately made the mistake of sitting on the ropes and took about 5 unanswered punches that prompted the early stoppage – lessoned learned, you can’t take more than that in Vegas if your not a house fighter. Yes, I might be biased in my claim, but to see a Mayweather fighter shortly thereafter on the PPV portion of the event take almost 20 unanswered punches that left him clearly in bad shape and have referee Jay Nayde step away from the action and allow the fighter to continue and regain his composure, quickly reminded me where I was – In the home that Mayweather built; The MGM Grand Arena!
All in all the weekend had it’s ups and downs, but I would’nt trade my job for anything. The Bright lights of Vegas were in fact remarkable and the opportunity to be on such a grand stage amongst boxings’ elite can’t be explained, only experienced.
On the flight home and as I disembarked from from my plane I replayed all the events that occurred over the 5 day stretch and all the emotions I felt and in one instant everything was made right as I walked out of my gate at Fort Lauderdale International Airport and was welcomed home!