KO kings reign in Mexico
Mexican boxing reinforced its reputation as a sport for knockout artists when three notable fights ended early at the weekend.
WBA flyweight champion Hernan Marquez seemed to be in a hurry when he stopped Luis Concepcion in the first round of their rematch in Hermosillo.
The champion improved his record to 32-2, with 25 knockouts. Concepcion, who was down three times before the bout was stopped, dropped to 23-3; 18.
Another Mexican, Jose Hernandez, was in KO form when he beat Justo Vallecillo in the fifth round of a lightweight bout in Fort Worth.
Hernandez moved to 11-5-1; 5 when he stopped Vallecillo (6-14; 3) at 2 minutes 18 seconds of the fifth round of a fight scheduled for eight.
And in Mexico City, Salvador Sanchez retained his WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation featherweight title when he knocked out Jovanni Soto in the second round.
Sanchez improved to 26-4-3; 15 and Soto, a former Mexican champion, dropped to 32-12-1; 27.
Californians also enjoyed a busy boxing weekend. In Salinas, super-featherweight Elroy Perez beat Ira Terry 1 minute 22 seconds into the sixth round.
Perez, No 3 on the WBO rankings list, improved to an impressive 23-0-2; 26. Terry now stands at 24-7; 14.
In a heavyweight bout Magomed Abdusalamov (9-0; 9) stopped Masatka Takehara (6-6-3; 2) in the first round.
In Highland, Bernabe Concepcion moved to 31-4-1, with 17 stoppage wins, when he beat Aaron Garcia (10-3-2; 2) on a split decision. The result gave him the WBC Continental Americas featherweight title.
And in Maywood, also in California, lightweight Andrey Klimov stopped Eduardo Arcos in the fourth round to improve to 12-0; 7.
Arcos (16-6-1; 13) was bleeding from a cut above his right ear after being hit what seemed to be after the bell at the end of the round. His corner advised the referee that he was unable to continue and Klimov was awarded a controversial win.
In Atlantic City, middleweight Brandon Gonzales (15-0-1; 10) won on a split decision against veteran Ossie Duran (26-9-2; 10).
In Thackerville, Oklahoma, Vanes Martirosyan beat Richard Gutierrez on points over ten rounds – 100-90 on two cards and 99-91.
Martirosyan, ranked No 1 by the WBC, now stands at 31-0, with 19 knockouts. Gutierrez dropped to 26-8-1; 16.
In a super-featherweight clash Casey Ramos (15-0; 4) came back from a knockdown in the third round to beat Joselito Collado (12-1; 3) on points. The scores were 78-73, 77-74 and 78-74.
Middleweight Abie Han remained unbeaten at 15-0; 10 when he beat Eloy Suarez (11-13-1; 5) on points over six rounds.
London: Choi Tseveenpurev (33-5; 23) won the Matchroom Sport’s Prizefighter featherweights tournament at the York Hall.
The 40-year-old Choi knocked out Lee Glover (6-1; 0) in the second round knockout and then won three-round points decisions over George Jupp (4-2; 2) and Rhys Roberts (15-2; 2) to win the £32 000 (R398 400) first prize.
Chester, Pennsylvania: Heavyweight Franklin Lawrence improved to 17-2-2; 12 when he stopped Raymond Ochieng (23-15-3; 18) in the second round of a fight scheduled for eight.
Middleweight Derek Webster (11-0; 6) won on points over eight rounds against Taneal Goyko (4-3; 2).
Guayama: Abner Cotto improved to 12-0; 10 and won the Puerto Rican lightweight title by beating Fernando Torres (17-3-1; 10) on points over ten rounds – 98-90 on two cards and 97-91.
Mansfield, Australia: New Zealand light-heavyweight Robert Berridge remained unbeaten when he knocked out Trent Broadhurst in the fifth round. Berridge improved to 12-0; 9 and Broadhurst dropped to 7-1; 4.
Berridge dropped Broadhurst in the fifth round and finished the job by knocking him out with a second to go to the end of the round.
Welterweight Artemio Reyes (14-1; 11) upset previously unbeaten 2008 Olympian Javier Molina (9-1; 4) by winning their eight-round fight on points.
Bangkok, Thailand: Flyweight Rusalee Samor improved to 14-3-2; 6 when he beat Filipino Ryan Tampus (10-8; 7) on points over twelve rounds – 115-112, 116-112 and 116-111.
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