Perez, Gonzales, Moreno win fights

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Perez, Gonzales, Moreno win fights

Three boxers on CSNBayArea.coms NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10 listNo. 4 Eloy Perez, No. 8 Brandon Gonzales, and No. 9 Carina Morenosaw action Friday night and emerged victorious.

Perez (23-0-2, 7 KOs) stopped Ira Terry (24-7, 14 KOs) at 1:22 of the sixth round in front of a nationally televised audience on TeleFutura at Sherwood Hall in his current hometown of Salinas.

The ref thought he took too many hard shots, Perez said. I was just on Terry too much, so he ended it, and I thought it was right.

Now The Prince, who was recently named NABO Fighter of the Year and debuted in Ring Magazines top ten junior lightweight rankings, has turned his attention toward IBF world champion Juan Carlos Salgado of Mexico.

I would like to fight Juan Carlos Salgado, so whatever I need to do and whoever I need to fight to make it happen, lets do it, Perez said. It would be great for the Mexican fight fans and the boxing world.

On the Perez-Terry undercard, Watsonvilles Moreno (22-3, 6 KOs) took a spirited six-round unanimous decision against a game Sharon Gaines (11-13, 3 KOs) of Las Vegas in a flyweight tilt.

Scores were 58-56 twice and 59-55 for La Reina, who also defeated Gaines on the cards two years ago.

A former two-weight world champion, La Reina will attempt to recapture her crown in a rematch with current WBAWBO light flyweight titlist Yesica Bopp of Argentina, who secured a lopsided decision against Moreno in January.

I hope to get a couple tune-up fights before getting a rematch with WBAWBO light flyweight champ Yesica Bopp of Argentina, Moreno shared. It just feels good to be back, but after this fight, I still plan to go back to 108 or 105 pounds.

In Atlantic City, N.J., Sacramentos Gonzales (15-0, 10 KOs), featured yesterday by CSNBayArea.com, made his debut on Showtime a successful one with a razor-sharp split decision victory against durable middleweight Ossie Duran (26-9-2, 10 KOs) of nearby Paterson, N.J., via Ghana.

Scores were 77-75 (twice) for Gonzales and 78-74 Duran.

Boxing correspondent Ryan Maquiana is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazines Ratings Advisory Panel. E-mail him at rmaquinana@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

Graveman takes to leadership role while Gray is sidelined

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Graveman takes to leadership role while Gray is sidelined

MESA, Ariz. — Kendall Graveman feels comfortable with the leadership role that comes with being the A’s Opening Night starter, but he pointed out how all the starters will carry the load together.

“I told BoMel this morning when he told me, I said ‘I’m the No. 1 starter for Opening Night, but then whoever is the second guy is the No. 1 starter for us the next night,’ and that’s the way we have to go about it to be successful,” Graveman said Thursday afternoon.

That’s a message that Graveman says he’s already trying to spread to Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton, the starters who will follow him in the rotation. Oakland’s final two rotation spots are up for grabs.

With Sonny Gray sidelined by injury for what’s expected to be most of April, Graveman — with all of 52 major league starts under his belt — becomes the veteran leader of the A’s staff in the interim. Manager Bob Melvin gave Graveman the official word Thursday morning that he would take the ball April 3 against the Angels at the Coliseum. But shortly after Gray went down with a strained lat muscle March 7, Melvin approached Graveman about being his likely Opening Night guy.

It’s a natural fit. Graveman went 10-11 with a 4.11 ERA last season, and while those aren’t eye-catching numbers, they don’t tell the story of how valuable he was as the A’s lost starter after starter to injury.

Graveman has improved his mental preparation and his physical conditioning since coming over from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson trade. He’s become a meticulous studier to get ready for his starts. He’s picked the brain of veterans such as Gray and Barry Zito, who he played alongside with Triple-A Nashville for part of 2015.

And, not to be overlooked, his stuff and pitch arsenal have improved since he first arrived to the A’s. Though he’s a sinkerballer who relies more on location than velocity, the A’s clocked Graveman as high as 98 miles per hour on the radar gun in his last start.

“He’s kind of on a mission to be one of those guys that pitches at top of the rotation for many years to come,” Melvin said.

Kevin Durant makes strides at Warriors practice: 'It's a good sign'

Kevin Durant makes strides at Warriors practice: 'It's a good sign'

Kevin Durant has been making steady progress in his rehab.

And on Thursday, he took another step forward.

"Did a little bit more today. Went through some 5-on-0 stuff, some lateral movement," Steve Kerr told reporters after practice. "Seems like he makes a knew stride each day. It's a good sign but the four-week mark is a week from now so that's really when we'll have our first real update."

Durant sprained the MCL in his left knee and sustained a tibial bone bruise on Feb. 28 in Washington.

The following day, the Warriors announced that he would be reevaluated in four weeks.

Kerr also said that Durant will travel on Golden State's road trip to Houston and San Antonio next week.

More to come...