NEW YORK -- Two lefty heavyweights gave the fans at the newly renovated Theater at Madison Square Garden their money's worth Saturday night, with Mike Perez getting the better of Magomed Abdusalamov over 10 rounds. Perez (20-0, 12 KOs) outlanded Abdusalamov 312-248.
Afterward, Abdusalamov (18-1, 18 KOs) said he couldn't make a fist after hurting his left hand in Round 1. The plan for the Russian, according to trainer John David Jackson, was to back his opponent up. But he couldn't do that against the busy Perez, who was born in Cuba, lives in Ireland and trained for Saturday's fight at altitude in Big Bear, Calif. Perez ripped right hooks and did well to nail open body areas.
Perez won by scores of 97-92, 95-94 and 97-92, despite having a point taken for going low in Round 9.