LOS ANGELES – Early in a tough fight against Marcos Hernandez (14-3-1), Upper Marlboro native Alantez Fox (27-2-1) was mauled by the much shorter fighter on Dec. 26 at Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California.
However, Fox prevailed with a unanimous decision victory after suffering some low blows and a head butt along with some effective body shots by Hernandez. “The headbutt came in the third round. That is how I got the cut,” Fox said. “That’s when I started jabbing and moving.”
After the fifth round, Troy Fox, Alantez’s father, and trainer, told him to stop throwing “wild” rights and to start moving.
“All he meant was for me to sharpen up, throw sharper punches and move more,” said Fox. After round six, Fox was a totally different fighter. His jabs were stiff and accurate.
His movements were superb.
He doubled and tripled up on the jabs for the remainder of the fight and won convincingly. The judges scored the fight 96-94, 97-94, and 98-92, all for Fox. In rounds, it is 6-4, 7-3, and 8 rounds to 2.
After the ringside doctor looked at the cut near Fox’s eye, he never let that bother him. His cutman did a great job, and Fox never lost his poise.
Many Fox observers said this is the best he has looked in several fights.
Naturally a middleweight, Fox fought at super middleweight for this fight and showed people that he is a worthy contender in both weights.