Rances Barthelemy feels rejuvenated in a new weight class and Angino Perez became the initial victim of the former world champion’s next career phase.
In his first fight since vacating his International Boxing Federation junior-lightweight title, Barthelemy scored a second-round technical knockout victory over Perez Thursday night in the co-main event of a boxing show at Hialeah Park and Casino.
Barthelemy (22-0, 13 KOs, 1 NC) floored Perez (18-7) late in the first round with solid left hooks to the head and combinations to the body. The minute’s rest between rounds was not sufficient to revive Perez as Barthelemy immediately pressed the action to start the second and knocked down a fading Perez again with a flurry of unanswered combinations to the head.
Referee Frank Santore waved the 10-count and stopped the lightweight bout 15 seconds into the round.
“I feel so much better at this weight,” said Barthelemy, who made one successful defense of the title he won last July at AmericanAirlines Arena before moving up to the 135-pound. “These additional pounds have brought back a punch I felt had been lost. The best for Rances Barthelemy is still yet to come.”
The card’s co-main event, between welterweights Fredrick Lawson and Breids Prescott was fought late Thursday.
Earlier, Aventura resident Ahmed Elbiali lasted the distance for the first time in his career and won a unanimous decision over England’s Michael Stafford.
Elbiali, who had won his first nine fights by knockouts, landed the telling punches in the six-round light-heavyweight bout but also absorbed shots from the game Stafford (13-3).
“A decision’s all-right, he’s been a fighter that’s fought 12 rounds,” said Elbiali, a Krop High graduate and FIU student. “It is a learning experience.”
Stafford cut ring distance in the opening and scored repeatedly with rights to the head. Elbiali walked through Stafford’s punches and scored with rights to the head.
Late in the second Elbiali hurt Stafford with a left to the body, chased him across the ring and landed a solid right to the head after Stafford started the round with scoring left hooks to the head.
Elbiali won the fight on two judges’ scorecards, 60-53 and 59-54 on the third.
In other bouts: light-heavyweight Michael Seals won by unanimous decision over Carlos Reyes; gksuper-middleweight Patryk Szymansjmki scored a TKO over Yoryi Estrella when Estrella failed to answer the bell for the third round; middleweight Daquan Arnett won by unanimous decision over Travis Hartman; junior-lightweight Kamil Lasczcyk scored a TKO over Jose Araiza when Araiza failed to answer the bell for the seventh round; kmiddleweight Antonio Tarver Jr. scored a TKO over Bruce Lutchmedial at 1:08 of the fourth round; heavyweight Roberto Alfonso scored a TKO over Ray Lopez at 1:24 of the fourth round.