Manzanilla batters and upsets WBC #1 Ceja

By Gabriel F. Cordero

In a shocker, little known super bantamweight Franklin Manzanilla (19-4, 18 KOs) busted up and stopped former world champion and WBC #1 rated Julio “El Pollito” Ceja (32-3, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Teatro Moliere in Mexico City. Manzanilla claimed the WBC silver belt when Ceja, who suffered a broken nose, didn’t come out for round five.

Unbeaten WBC #4 super featherweight Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez (25-0, 22 KOs) pummeled former 115lb interim champion Drian Francisco (29-6-1, 22 KOs) for two rounds and Francisco didn’t come out for round three. Quite the comeback for Hernandez, who took a bullet in the back in January.

In the main event, female boxer Ibeth Zamora (29-6, 12 KOs) became a three-division world champion after claiming the WBC female flyweight title by ten round unanimous decision over reigning champ Melissa McMorrow (10-7-3, 1 KO). Scores were 98-92, 100-90 and 98-92.

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