Martinez KOs Selby in WBC eliminator

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In a WBC flyweight eliminator, Julio César “Rey” Martínez (14-1, 10 KOs) turned around a fight he was losing and knocked out previously unbeaten Andrew Selby (11-1, 6 KOs) with hook to the liver in the fifth round on Saturday night at the fairgrounds in Metepec, Mexico state.
Referee Hector Afu counted out Selby at :57. In the third round, an accidental clash of heads left Selby with a cut on the left eyebrow, prompting a point deduction from Martinez per WBC rules.

With the win, Martinez earned a shot at WBC Charlie Edwards, who earlier in the day retained his green belt against Angel Moreno in the UK.

In a slugfest, super featherweight Mauricio “Bronco” Lara (14-2, 8 KOs) scored a second round KO over Guillermo “Borrego” Avila (17-8, 13 KOs). Both fighters engaged in a brutal war of hooks and uppercuts. Lara dropped Avila in round two with a hook to the liver, but Avila fought back gamely off the ropes even though hurt. The referee stopped the fight at 2:44 of round two.

Female flyweight Gabriela Sanchez won by eight round unanimous decision over Jacky Calvo, with scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 77-75.

Super middleweight Alexis “Laberinto” Salazar stopped was Ulises Banda in the fourth round,

Finally, Hector Garcia won by third round TKO over Rogelio Pérez, and lightweight Kevin Montiel defeated Pedro Bernal by four round majority decision.

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