Gutierrez surpasses Alvarado and wins the junior lightweight title
Roger Gutierrez dropped Rene Alvarado on lap 12 to win the “regular” junior lightweight title of the WBA on Saturday at Ryan Garcia-Luke Campbell’s co-main event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas to back up.
After his twin brother Felix Alvarado scored a stop win in the 10th round to keep his IBF Junior World Flyweight Title, Rene Alvarado lost the title in his first defense with 113-112 points on all three scorecards.
Gutierrez, who dedicated victory to his mother, who died of cancer two months ago, dropped Alvarado three times and decisively won the last round.
Alvarado (32-9, 21 KOs), 31, of Nicaragua, was almost stopped in the third round but recovered from two losses to control most of the fight.
Gutierrez (24-3-1, 20 KOs), 25, from Venezuela, avenged a loss to Alvarado in the seventh round in 2017 when his corner threw in the towel after a serious cut.
Alvarado couldn’t stay upright on lap three when Gutierrez delivered a cute right uppercut on the jaw. Alvarado counted but was on unsteady feet and Gutierrez used it to drop him a second time with a straight right hand that made the Nicaraguan crash backwards.
A left hand to the temple wiggled Alvarado again, but he recovered and tackled the fifth attack, severing Gutierrez’s left eye. The fight then seemed to turn away from Gutierrez as Alvarado pushed the pace into the second half until the final round, when Gutierrez dropped Alvarado for a third count with a fleeting left hook on the chin.
F. Alvarado overwhelms Kriel in TKO victory
Felix Alvarado shone on his US debut by scoring two losses in a 10-round stop win to DeeJay Kriel to defend his IBF world light flyweight title.
After not boxing at all in 2020, Rene’s twin brother Alvardo – who was also on the same card – showed his power to make him one of the best in the world at £ 108 in his second world title defense.
Alvarado (36-2, 31 KOs), 31, from Nicaragua, warned with a quick start and then put Kriel (15-2-1, 8 KOs), 25, on the floor with a left hook that landed flush with his chin the second round. Kriel survived an admirable minute and a half to the end of the second round, taking a large right hand to his chin.
Alvarado landed a series of shots in the fourth round and put the South African back on canvas with a left hook. But Kriel, a former defending champion in the straw weight category and quality operator, came back playfully with quick hands.
Kriel narrowed the score in the middle laps but was almost overwhelmed by the end of lap 9 when Alvarado increased the pressure. Alvarado maintained his attack in the 10th round and it was enough to force a pause after 1 minute and 39 seconds as he landed a series of unanswered punches.
“I knew this was going to be an uphill fight,” said Alvarado after the fight. “He was a mandatory challenger and a former world champion so I knew it was going to be difficult. I got a little tired but that was because of his experience. I also dropped him on a hook and didn’t even expect a punch like this to land, but instead of looking for that blow, I kept pushing it to the ropes to wear it down.
I want one of the other world champions so I can show who is the best in the division. “
Curiel overwhelms Agaton in TKO victory
Raul Curiel got out of the gate quickly and indolently, beating Ramses Agaton for over four minutes en route to a one-sided TKO win in the second round.
Curiel (9-0, 7 KOs) focused on the body early on, and a left hook on the liver buckled Agaton, who fell to his knee in frustration. The fight appeared to be on the verge of stoppage at the end of the first round after a series of punches to the ropes, but Agaton (22-13-3, 12 KOs) lasted long enough to hear the bell at the end of the first round Round.
The aggression didn’t stop with the start of round two, however, when a constant flurry of right hooks and left topcuts landed consistently. Agaton, whose right eye was swollen shut, couldn’t protect himself and his corner threw in the towel at 1:16.
According to CompuBox, Curiel overtook Agaton 43-10 despite throwing practically the same number of punches (108 for Curiel, 107 for Agaton).
The younger Garcia remains undefeated with the majority decision
Lightweight Sean Garcia, the younger brother of Ryan Garcia, remained undefeated with a highly competitive majority decision win over Rene Marquez 38-38, 39-37 and 39-37.
Garcia (5-0, 2 KOs) had a more difficult time than expected against Marquez (5-5, 2 KOs). Marquez kept stepping forward, landing body punches, and throwing his right hand every time he got Garcia near. Twenty-year-old Garcia was able to land more punches in Round 3 but ended the fight tired – a product of Marquez’s body attack.
According to CompuBox, Garcia landed 48 out of 161 strokes, while 31-year-old Marquez only landed 30 out of 185. Garcia also linked 43 of his power strikes, while Marquez only landed 22.