ATLANTIC CITY - Egg Harbor Township junior-middleweight DeCarlo Perez saw his five-fight winning streak end at Resorts Casino Hotel Friday night.
Perez (11-3-1, 4 KOs) dropped an eight-round, split decision to Tampa, Fla. resident Wilky Campfort (16-1, 9 KOs) on the Patrick Majewski-Curtis Stevens undercard.
Judges Henry Grant (77-75) and George Hill (78-74) both favored Campfort while Ron McNair (77-75) scored it for Perez. The Press scored it 77-75 for Campfort.
"I was worried when they were announcing the scores," said Campfort, who grew up in Haiti. "I thought I was going to get robbed because I'm in his hometown. But I fought my butt off and I kept the crowd quiet."
Campfort prevailed in an exciting bout.
Campfort, 29, relied on a vicious body attack for most of the bout, but also landed a few left uppercuts and overhand rights. Perez, 22, got busier as the fight progressed and slowed Campfort's progress with crisp combinations.
"I thought I won the fight," Perez said. "He outhustled me toward the end, but he didn't land any clean shots. I guess the judges didn't see that I was landing the cleaner punches."
In other early fights, Jamaican cruiserweight Venroy July (16-1-2, 6 KOs) gained a six-round, unanimous decision over Albania's Sevdail Sherifi (9-3-3, 8 KOs). July is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Duke University School of Law. Miami, Fla. light-heavyweight Roberto Acevedo (8-1, 5 KOs) handed Russian Ilshat Khusnulgatin (10-1, 6 KOs) his first defeat with a first-round TKO. Newburgh, N.Y. junior-welterweight Wellington Romero (2-0, 1 KOs) also earned a first-round TKO over Ismael Serrano (1-1), of Bethlehem, Pa. Philadelphia junior-welterweight Hasan Young (5-1-1, 2 KOs) posted a six-round, unanimous decision over Pittsburgh's Justin Johnson (5-6-4). Heavyweights Mark Rideout (4-0-2, 1 KO), of Philadelphia, and Fred Latham (4-0-1, 2 KOs), of Pittsburgh, fought to a four-round draw.
PUNCHLINES: Friday's card was the first part of a boxing doubleheader in town. Action continues on Saturday night at Golden Nugget Atlantic City, when promoter Sal Musumeci of Final Forum promotions stages the first pro boxing show at that property since 1998. In the eight-round main event, Medford, N.Y. heavyweight Derric Rossy (28-7, 14 KOs) will face Philadelphian Joey Dawejko (8-3-2, 3 KOs).
On the undercard, Egg Harbor Township light-heavyweight Gabriel Pham (5-0, 2 KOs) will end a nearly two-year layoff with a four-rounder against Michael Mitchell (2-2-2), of Paterson. Vineland junior-welterweight Omar Brito (1-1, 1 KO) will take on Jonathan Williams (0-1), of Allentown, Pa., in another eight-rounder.