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Alex Winwood impresses again as he drops, decisions world-rated Reyneris Gutierrez

Alex Winwood

Australian Alex ‘A-Rock’ Winwood 3-0 (2) has made his boxing goals clear: he wants to win a world title in least number of fights.

That would mean besting the legendary Jeff Fenech’s record of seven bouts.

The 25-year-old from the Perth suburb of Mandurah in Western Australia took another step in the right direction in his strawweight debut when he dropped and outpointed Reyneris Gutierrez 9-1 (2) of Matagalpa, Nicaragua to win a 10-round unanimous decision at Metro City in Northbridge, Perth on Friday night.

Winwood, a Tokyo 2020 Olympian, entered the bout as the WBC number 13 contender at junior flyweight, while Gutierrez held the number five position with the same sanctioning body at 105-pounds.

The fight got off to a fast start, with Winwood darting in and out to land his stinging blows. The local fighter pressured behind and stiff jab and slipped much of the return fire on the inside. Gutierrez kept his hands flowing freely but his blows frequently hit nothing but air or landed on the gloves or elbows of Winwood. The most success he had was to the body, but it didn’t slow Winwood down.

Gutierrez, who was having his first bout outside of his homeland, worked his way into the fight in the third, but his success wouldn’t last long. A counter left hook by Winwood 20 seconds into the fourth frame near the neutral corner sent the visitor crashing heavily to the canvas. Gutierrez showed his experience to survive the round.

The second half of the fight was closely contested with Gutierrez showing grit and determination to stay in the contest, but he always seemed a half step behind the classy Winwood, who had him for speed, movement, timing and accuracy. At different stages of the fight both boxers switched to southpaw momentarily.

The pair traded on even terms in eighth. In the ninth Woodward went back to boxing, walking the forward pressing Gutierrez onto his shots before teeing off on him along the ropes in the final 10 seconds of the stanza. Gutierrez dug deep and emptied his tank in the 10th and final round, but when the dust settled all three judges favoured Winwood’s sharper, more eye-catching shots.

The official scores were 96-93 and 97-92 twice, all in favour of Winwood. It was an impressive win from the novice boxer, who will only improve from the experience.

Before the bout the proud Nyoongar man explained his approach to the pro ranks.

“Transitioning out of my amateur career like I had, the thought in my head was that I didn’t want to just go in and bash up some poor bastard from overseas or whatever that shouldn’t really be in there,” Woodward said.

“That’s the kind of mentality that [I had] going forward. I was like, look, I’m fighting the best in the world as an amateur at the moment; I don’t see the need to go backwards.

“Hopefully, in a few years [when people look at] my record, their jaws will drop and they will go ‘far out, he did jump straight in there and he beat all these blokes that had more experienced records than himself’.”

It has been a meteoric rise to the top for Winwood, who turned professional just last November, knocking out Indonesian journeyman Stinky Mario Bunda 3-4 (3) in three before making a huge jump up in class to face vastly more experienced Indonesian southpaw Tibo Monabesa 21-2-2 (8). Winwood demolished him in four.

The victory should put him in the WBC’s top five and within sniffing distance of a shot at the world title currently held by Thailand’s tough Petchmanee CP Freshmart 39-1 (23), who hasn’t lost a bout in almost six years.