Budler edges Soto in WBC eliminator


In a WBC light flyweight eliminator between former world champions, Hekkie “The Hexecutioner” Budler (34-4, 10 KOs) scored a close twelve round unanimous decision over Elwin “Pulga” Soto (19-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio del Polideportivo in Mexicali, BCN, Mexico. Soto was frustrated with Budler’s movement and unwillingness to exchange. Budler had success with his stick-and-move tactics and pretty much took the crowd out of it. The 4:1 underdog Budler knocked down Soto in the final round with a right hand and that’s what won him the fight. Scores were 114-113 3x.

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  • No title on the line, but that was easily one of the best wins of Budler’s entire career. A win in the Teraji fight is unlikely but not impossible.

  • So the knock down Hekkie scored in the last round gave him the 1 point victory. I thought he won a few more rounds? But the right man won so good for Hekkie, he boxed well and at 34 y old pulled it off.

  • Robbery almost happened….lucky ref counted the knockdown….scores were too close.HB is the man.

    • i agree glad they counted the knockdown budler is a great technician he deserves a shot at the title

  • I had Budler ahead 8-4 in rounds. Couldn’t believe 114-113 by the 3 blind mice!

  • Budler was very lucky he got that flash knockdown. The stage was set for a robbery, but that 10-8 last round saved The Hexecutioner just barely.

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