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Concepcion, Matellon win WBA interim belts

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Former world champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion (24-2, 14 KOs) scored an exciting and hard-fought eleventh round TKO over Rober Barrera (38-9, 27 KOs to claim the vacant WBA interim flyweight title on Friday night’s KO to Drugs main event at the famed Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama.
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Concepcion dropped Barrera in round two, but it was tooth and nail after that until Concepcion floored Barrera again with a right hand in the eleventh round and got the stoppage moments later. Time was 2:38.

Earlier, unbeaten light flyweight Daniel Matellon (11-0, 6 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision over Erik Lopez (14-5-1, 10 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA interim light flyweight title. Scores were 114-114, 116-112, 116-112.

In a clash for the WBA gold minimumweight title, Leyman Benavides (17-6-1, 3 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Carlos Ortega ((14-6-3, 5 KOs). Scores were 117-110, 118-109, 117-110.

In a WBA female super bantamweight clash, Mayerlin Rivas (16-4-2, 10 KOs) won a won a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Laura Ledezma (14-1, 7 KOs) by scores of 96-94, 98-92, 96-94 to claim the vacant title.


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