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Fight underway in Mexico: Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. vs. Hector Camacho Jr., 6 rounds, middleweight show
Anderson Silva defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by split decision
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In Houston: Charlo defeats Montiel, retains his WBC middleweight title
Jermall Charlo achieved something on Saturday evening that is not easy.
The WBC middleweight champion had an unknown but very strong challenger in Juan Macias Montiel, whose awkwardness and stubbornness reduced the likelihood of a Charlo presentation in front of an audience in his hometown in Houston.
It wasn’t as easy as it looked on paper, but Charlo was still shiny. Despite Montiel’s late push, Charlo dominated in a 118-109, 119-109, 120-108 win at the Toyota Center to stay undefeated and keep his belt in the 160 pound division.
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In Las Vegas: Mayer shines and retains WBO titles
Mikaela Mayer goes the distance to successfully fend off Erica Farias and defend her WBO junior lightweight championship.
Mikaela Mayer stepped out of the ring, shook a couple of hands, and wore a now familiar piece of hardware around her waist – a championship belt. Mayer defended her WBO junior lightweight title on Saturday night, defeating Erica Farias by unanimous decision 97-93; 98-92; 98-92. It is the first time that she has entered and exited the ring with her belt on.
The win puts the 30-year-old native of Los Angeles on a collision course for a union fight with Maiva Hamadouchewhat should happen this fall.
However, to get there she had to defeat Farias, and it was a slightly tougher fight for Mayer at the start that seemed to fight a little early. Mayer landed 118 of 439 strokes (26.9 percent) and 37.6 percent of her power strokes. Farias landed 86 of 400 strokes (21.5 percent) and 28.1 percent of her power strokes. They both landed 21 jabs.
Mayer landed double-digit power strokes in four rounds – including the eighth, in which she landed 22 power strokes.
In the second round, Farias frightened Mayer early on – the only time she looked insecure during the entire fight. Farias looked like she might get upset hanging out with Mayer for a while.
Mayer (15-0, 5 KO’s) began to control the fight in the middle rounds and ran away from there, became the aggressor with a combination of body and head shots and moved Farias (26-5, 10 KO’s) through the ring. Farias from Buenos Aires showed real promise again towards the end of the fight, especially in the ninth and tenth rounds.
However, throughout their struggle, Mayer showed some degree of persistence. Seldom excited, she always looked very businesslike, often drove the fight forward and moved Farias where she wanted in the ring.
All five of Farias’ losses have now occurred in title fights.
In Mexico: Ramon Alvarez unanimously defeats Omar Chavez in their trilogy fight in Guadalajara, Mexico. Ramon Alvarez is the older brother of super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and Omar Chavez is the son of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
In Las Vegas: Dogboe beats Lopez to win the majority decision
Adam Lopez and Isaac Dogboe clearly know how to deliver a fast-paced, fun fight. The two featherweights made for a show in their undercard fight on Saturday night, with Dogboe controlling the pace early and Lopez dominating late – taking Dogboe into corners in round eight and ninth and landing enough punches where it looked like Dogboe could go under .
Dogboe (22-2, 15 KOs), from Accra, Ghana, did not go under and instead continued to respond to Lopez’s barrage by landing his own bigger punches in the last minute of the fight. And in not going down, it turned out to be enough. Dogboe won a majority decision over Lopez and hopped on the middle rope in celebration after his decision was announced 97-93, 96-94, 95-95.
It was a well-coordinated match between two of the more active in-ring performers at Top Rank’s stable, as evidenced by the standing ovations they received after the match at the Virgin Hotels Theater and the hug between the two after the end of the match Fight showed.
It took about a round for Lopez of Glendale, California to join the fight when Dogboe came out firing. But from then on, Lopez and Dogboe went back and forth. The closest the fight came to an end before they hit the scorecards, in the later rounds when Lopez (15-3, 6 KOs) made a hard penetration into Dogboe.
Before the results were announced, they hugged each other several times and shook hands again and again – a big smile on both faces, the respect between the two fighters sounded clear.
In Houston: Cruz beats Vargas in dominant victory
The game plan for Isaac Cruz was pretty simple – upload powershots and hope his gloves ran down Francisco Vargas’ face.
It worked out well for Cruz. The aspiring lightweight came up to Vargas all night and tore him apart with big blows all night. Cruz made a unanimous decision on the veteran – judges rated the bout 97-92, 99-90, 100-89 – and put his stock up in the £ 135 division.
Cruz, the smaller man from Mexico City, looked to power hooks on Vargas’ guard. Cruz (22-1-1, 15 KOs) hung up enough to dominate.
The most bizarre moment came at the last minute. Cruz and Vargas (27-3-2, 19 KOs) collided with their heads, causing a bloody cut over Vargas’ right eye. The ring doctor wanted to end the fight, but after looking at his watch and being persuaded to let Vargas see the final bell, the doctor let Vargas continue.
Things eventually got worse for the damaged fighter when Cruz was knocked down despite Vargas claiming he went down from casual contact. It didn’t affect the outcome in the end, but it was a very weird ending which, in turn, wasn’t a good look for how Texas rules martial arts.
In Houston: Leo overtakes Alameda for hard-won victory
Angelo Leo and Aaron Alameda weren’t afraid to let punches fly into a big divorce match for both featherweight juniors Leo was marginalized and had massive welts on both eyes but escaped with a majority decision win with 96-94, 95-95, 98-92.
Two of the scorecards accurately described the fight. Leo (21-1, 9 KOs) and Alameda (25-2, 13 KOs) fought on the inside for almost the entire fight, trading punches and apparent rounds. The third judge, Eva Zaragoza, somehow let Leo win by six rounds in what looked like a questionable scorecard.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Leo claims a pivotal victory after losing the WBO’s 122-pound belt to Stephen Fulton in January. Alameda, who hails from the Mexican state of Sonora, has lost his second straight fight after losing a title shot to Luis Nery last September. Alameda also missed the weight for Saturday’s bout when it came in to around 123.5 pounds.
In Las Vegas: Delgado dominates Briceno and remains undefeated
Lindolfo Delgado has not been in the ring since September 2019 and never had more than six rounds with 11 KOs in 11 professional fights in his professional career.
Both streaks ended on Thursday when Delgado fought all eight rounds of his junior welterweight fight against Salvador Briceno for a hard-fought, albeit one-sided, decisive victory.
One judge rated the bout between two 26 year old fighters from Mexico with a clean 80-72 sweep for Delgado while the other two judges gave Briceno a round with a score of 79-73.
Delgado (12-0, 11 KOs) showed signs of ring rust early on, started slowly but when he started moving in the fourth round he started landing his combinations. Delgado seemed to stun Briceno (17-7, 11 KOs) several times with straight right and left in round 5, but failed to knock Briceno down, who was only stopped twice in 24 professional fights and has covered the distance with top perspectives, including Josue Vargas and Gabriel Flores.
Delgado spent most of the 8th round chasing Briceno, landing some big punches while Briceno grabbed and did everything possible to try to reach the final bell. With 50 seconds remaining, the referee told Briceno to “show him something” and the action continued for the last 30 seconds. Delgado made one last nudge with a big swirl and Briceno showed some resistance in the closing moments with a couple of counter blows.
The result at the time was just a formality.
In Mexico: Damian Sosa defeats Abel Mina in a controversial split decision in a 10th round junior middleweight bout.
In Mexico: Jorge Luis Melendez defeated Kevin Torres by unanimous decision in a highly competitive junior welterweight contest.
In Las Vegas: Puente rises from the screen to outpoint Meza
Eric Puente doesn’t knock out fighters, but the San Diego native does one thing – he keeps winning.
Puente (6-0, 0 KOs) survived the first-round decline against Mexican-born Jose Antonio Meza to rally and Meza, 57-56, 58-55, 58-55 in a six-round lightweight to beat fight. Meza (7-6, 2 KO’s) was a game fighter during the six rounds and seemed to have a real chance to get the 21-year-old prospect out of the way early on.
But it seemed like the knockdown had woken Puente, because from that point in the fight Puente largely controlled the action. However, he is still looking for his first knockout career.
In Las Vegas: Rosario destroys Mariano
Omar Rosario climbed into the corner, jumped on the rope, and raised his fist in the air. After all, the hands had been busy all night. Rosario knocked out JJ Mariano three times in four rounds on Saturday, the last resulting in a knockout of Reno, Nevada-based Mariano in a junior welterweight bout.
Rosario (4-0, 2 KO’s), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, was dominant from the first bell, constantly combining punches to stagger and send Mariano onto the canvas. Mariano (3-1, 2 KO’s) continued to get up, but was overwhelmed during the entire fight and suffered the first loss of his career.
Mariano, two-time Puerto Rican national champion as an amateur, is the second fighter in a row to be defeated by Rosario for the first time; he defeated Uriel Villanueva by second round knockout in February.
In El Paso, Texas: Former junior middleweight title player Jaime Munguia defeated Kamil Szeremeta by TKO in the sixth round in a middleweight fight.
In El Paso, Texas: Gabriel Rosado defeated Bektemir Melikuziev with a knockout of the year candidate in the third round. Rosado landed a right hand, which Melikuziev finally dropped at 1:21 of the round.
In El Paso, Texas: Marlen Esparza defeated Ibeth Zamora by unanimous decision to win the WBC women’s flyweight title.
In El Paso, Texas: Blair Cobbs defeated Brad Solomon by TKO in the fifth round in a welterweight bout to go undefeated.