In a huge upset, 36-year-old Ismael Barroso (22-3-2, 20 KOs) dethroned WBA gold super lightweight champion Yves Ulysse Jr. (18-2, 9 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Thursday night at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.
Former WBA interim lightweight champion Barroso clearly outworked the 11:1 favorite Ulysse, who seemed befuddled by Barroso’s southpaw stance. Scores were 117-111, 115-113, 115-113.
“I want to thank God for this win,” said Barroso afterward.”I didn’t just win on my strength; I won by the will of God. My trainer told me to push hard and so I won the championship rounds. I want to thank my whole team and everyone who stood by me.”