Rock wins first main event by KO

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Philly heavyweight Darmani Rock easily dismantled an experienced but hopeless Pedro Rodriguez in the fourth round at the 2300 Arena in South Philly Saturday night. It was the local prospect’s first-ever main event, and came before a loud and supportive hometown crowd.
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Rock, 13-0, 8 KOs, weighed a career-high of 275.5 for the bout, but his added girth – eleven and a half pounds heavier than in his last outing only three months ago – didn’t prevent him from having his way with Rodriguez, 23-6, 19 KOs. The reason was probably because the visiting Miami-based Cuban was no physical specimen himself. Far shorter in height and rounder in waistline, Rodriguez immediately fell behind at the opening bell. Continue reading “Rock wins first main event by KO”

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Philly heavyweight Darmani Rock easily dismantled an experienced but hopeless Pedro Rodriguez in the fourth round at…
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Monster Inoue flattens Payano, keeps WBA 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese superstar Naoya “Monster” Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs), 118, impressively kept his WBA bantamweight belt as he so quickly flattened former titlist Juan Carlos Payano (20-2, 9 KOs), 117.5, Dominican Republic, at 1:10 of the first round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. Naoya’s left-right combination was the haymaker. As soon as the fight started, it ended with the audience greatly stunned with such a quick demolition. As expected, Naoya’s punch was so devastating that the highly regarded Payano became a flattened pancake.

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By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Japanese superstar Naoya “Monster” Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs), 118, impressively kept his WBA bantamweight belt as he so quickly flattened former titlist Juan Carlos Payano (20-2,…
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Ken Shiro halts Melindo, retains WBC 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten baby-faced Japanese Ken Shiro (14-0, 8 KOs), 107.75, retained his WBC light-flyweight belt when he kept outjabbing ex-IBF ruler Milan Melindo (37-4, 13 KOs), 107.5, bloodied him with legal punches and finally halted him at 2:47 of the seventh round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. Ken, making his fourth defense, appeared beneath the season 2 of WBSS, and finely outclassed and outpunched the shorter Filipino veteran. The 26-year-old champ started displaying his favorite hit-and-run tactics with his constant jabs and shifty footwork, which definitely kept Melindo from coming close to him. Continue reading “Ken Shiro halts Melindo, retains WBC 108lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten baby-faced Japanese Ken Shiro (14-0, 8 KOs), 107.75, retained his WBC light-flyweight belt when he kept outjabbing ex-IBF ruler Milan Melindo (37-4, 13 KOs), 107.5, bloodied…
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Relikh defeats Troyanovsky, keeps WBA 140lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

More aggressive Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), 140, Belarus, kept his WBA super-lightweight belt as he defeated former titlist Eduard Troyanovsky (27-2, 24 KOs), Russia, 139.25, by a unanimous decision (all 115-113) over twelve monotonous rounds on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. The referee was Guillermo Perez (Panama). Relikh kept taking the initiative, stalking the defensive Russian all the way. Troyanovsky looked to have failed to bring his fighting spirit from Russia, but he started his engine down the stretch at last. But we saw Relikh’s victory was more unanimous than the official tallies, and it was surprising that the scores were identically so close.

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By Joe Koizumi More aggressive Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), 140, Belarus, kept his WBA super-lightweight belt as he defeated former titlist Eduard Troyanovsky (27-2, 24 KOs), Russia, 139.25, by…
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Bency beats Campos again in Managaua

In a battle of former WBA regional beltholders David Bency (14-9-1, 4 KOs) of Nicaragua defeated countryman Winston Campos (30-6-5, 18 KOs) once again. The two squared off just three months ago and Bency edged Campos by split decision. Once again, the two made it a tough night of work for the judges with each having their moments in the fight. A split decision verdict once again went in favor to Bency. The official scores were 78-74 and 77-75 to Bency with once judge having it for Campos 77-75. The card took place at the Gimnasio Nicarao in Managua, Nicaragua. RAM Boxing (William Ramirez) and Nica Boxing (Pablo Osuna) promoted the show.

In a battle of former WBA regional beltholders David Bency (14-9-1, 4 KOs) of Nicaragua defeated countryman Winston Campos (30-6-5, 18 KOs) once again. The two squared off just three…
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Gusano Rojas shocks Jhonny Gonzalez

By Gabriel F. Cordero

In a major upset, the comeback of former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (66-11, 54 KOs) was dealt a crushing blow by ex-champ Tomás “Gusano” Rojas (49-16-1, 33 KOs), who scored a twelve round majority decision at the famed Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. Hammer-fisted Gonzalez tried for the knockout while Rojas piled up points. The knockout never came and the final tallies were 114-114, 114-113 and 116-112 for Rojas. Rojas, who had lost two of his last three, seized Gonzalez’ WBC international belt and likely derailed Jhonny’s plans for a 130lb world title fight.

By Gabriel F. Cordero In a major upset, the comeback of former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (66-11, 54 KOs) was dealt a crushing blow by ex-champ Tomás “Gusano” Rojas (49-16-1,…
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Jarrell Miller Postfight Quotes

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Unbeaten WBA #2, WBO #3 heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (22-0-1, 19 KOs) speaks after his win over two-division former world champion Tomasz Adamek (53-6, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. “Respect to Adamek, great champion,” said Miller.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Unbeaten WBA #2, WBO #3 heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (22-0-1, 19 KOs) speaks after his win over two-division former world champion Tomasz Adamek (53-6, 31…
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Nery destroys Canoy in comeback fight

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Unbeaten former world bantamweight champion Luis “Pantera” Nery (27-0, 21 KOs) exhibited a brutal display of power and knocked out Filipino Jason Canoy (29-9, 19 KOs) in the third round in front of a huge crowd at the Gasmart Stadium, home of the Tijuana Toros baseball team.
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Inspired by chants of “Nery Nery,” Nery kept his promise to seek a quick knockout. The fight began explosively when Nery sent Canoy to the canvas in the first round with a powerful hook left to the jaw. After a slower second round, Nery punished Canoy with power shots in round three and drove him to the canvas again. Canoy beat the count but Nery finished him with his follow-up barrage prompting a stoppage. Time was 2:44. With the win, Nery becomes WBC silver bantamweight champion and is in line to contest for the world title which is currently vacant. Continue reading “Nery destroys Canoy in comeback fight”

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Unbeaten former world bantamweight champion Luis “Pantera” Nery (27-0, 21 KOs) exhibited a brutal display of power and knocked out Filipino Jason Canoy (29-9, 19 KOs) in…
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Diaz Breezes, Chargin Lauded

By Jim Jenkins, courtesy Sacramento Bee

Highlighting a boxing card mixed with rapid action and a salute to recently-deceased promoter Don Chargin, lightweight Joel Diaz Jr. (24-1) of Glendale stopped Miguel Huerta (28-16-1)) of Mexico City in their main event Saturday night at Cache Creek Casino and Resort in Brooks, Calif. Diaz notched his 20th KO by putting his overwhelmed foe on the deck with a series of left hooks, forcing a stoppage at 2:46.

Chargin, 90, died Sept. 28 after a Hall-of-Fame career of matchmaking and promoting, which included this card. Co-promoter Paco Damian ordered up a tribute in the ring, complete with emotionally-choked praise and a video of Chargin, narrated by close friend and ring announcer Bill Caplan. Continue reading “Diaz Breezes, Chargin Lauded”

By Jim Jenkins, courtesy Sacramento Bee Highlighting a boxing card mixed with rapid action and a salute to recently-deceased promoter Don Chargin, lightweight Joel Diaz Jr. (24-1) of Glendale stopped…
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Rock rolls in Philly

By John DiSanto at ringside

Philly heavyweight Darmani Rock, 13-0, 8 KOs, scored a fourth round TKO over Miami-based Cuban Pedro Rodriguez, 23-6, 19 KOs, in the scheduled eight round main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. Rock easily won the first three rounds before taking out his experienced foe with a right-left combo to the body in round four. Referee Eric Dali reaches the count of ten at the 27-second mark of round four.

A full recap of the seven bout card promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions will follow.

By John DiSanto at ringside Philly heavyweight Darmani Rock, 13-0, 8 KOs, scored a fourth round TKO over Miami-based Cuban Pedro Rodriguez, 23-6, 19 KOs, in the scheduled eight round…
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Miller KOs Adamek in two, Vargas-Dulorme draw

Unbeaten WBA #2, WBO #3 heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (22-0-1, 19 KOs) scored a second round KO over two-division former world champion Tomasz Adamek (53-6, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The 317lb “Big Baby” blasted the smaller Adamek to the canvas with a series of shots to end it.

Former jr welterweight and welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KOs) and Thomas Dulorme (24-3-1, 16 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw. It was a close back-and-forth affair. Vargas dropped Dulorme in round ten and Dulorne floored Vargas in round twelve. In the end, scores were 113-113, 113-113 and 115-111 for Vargas.

Female super lightweight Jessica McCaskill outpointed Erica Anabella Farias over ten rounds to claim the WBC title. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 96-94.

Unbeaten WBA #2, WBO #3 heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (22-0-1, 19 KOs) scored a second round KO over two-division former world champion Tomasz Adamek (53-6, 31 KOs) on…
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IBF champ Beterbiev KOs Johnson in firefight

Undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (13-0, 13 KOs) retained his belt with a fourth round KO over previously unbeaten Callum Johnson (17-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. Beterbiev dropped Johnson at the end of round one. He then came out looking to finish Johnson in round two, but a Johnson left hand dropped Beterbiev! The bout ended in round four when Beterbiev dropped Johnson for the count. Great fight.

Undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (13-0, 13 KOs) retained his belt with a fourth round KO over previously unbeaten Callum Johnson (17-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at…
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Roman KOs McDonnell, retains WBA 122lb title

WBA super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (26-2-1, 10 KOs) retained his title with a tenth round KO over Gavin McDonnell (20-2-2, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. Roman was in command all the way. He rocked McDonnell in round ten, then battered him to the deck and the bout was stopped.

WBA super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (26-2-1, 10 KOs) retained his title with a tenth round KO over Gavin McDonnell (20-2-2, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Wintrust Arena…
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Unbeaten Dubois defeats Kevin Johnson

Unbeaten heavyweight Daniel Dubois (9-0, 8 KOs) went the distance for the first time against veteran Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (32-11-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Leicester Arena in Leicester, England. 21-year-old Dubois swept nearly all ten rounds (100-91) in an uneventful fight against the 39-year-old Johnson, who dropped his third straight.

Unbeaten WBO #2 rated super lightweight Jack Catterall (23-0, 12 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Ohara Davies (18-2, 14 KOs). The bout was a disappointing chess match with both boxers fighting cautiously. Scores were 118-110, 115-113, 15-113. Catterall retained the WBO Intercontinental title.

2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams (5-0, 3 KOs) claimed the WBO interim flyweight title with a ten round unanimous decision over Isabel Millan (22-5-1, 8 KOs). Scores were 96-92, 97-93, 97-93.

Unbeaten heavyweight Daniel Dubois (9-0, 8 KOs) went the distance for the first time against veteran Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (32-11-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Leicester Arena in…
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Srisaket retains WBC flyweight title

WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41 KOs) retained his title with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Iran Diaz (14-3-3, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Impact Arena in Pak Kret, Thailand. Scores were 119-109, 120-108 and 119-109 for Srisaket, who won his 20th straight fight.

WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41 KOs) retained his title with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Iran Diaz (14-3-3, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at…
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WBO #6 McKenzie stops Bernaldez

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO #6 lightweight Kye McKenzie (20-1, 17 KOs) stopped Mark Bernaldez (17-2, 11 KOs) in round seven of a scheduled ten with the WBO Asia Pacific title up for grabs at Metro City, Northbridge, Western Australia on Friday. McKenzie dropped Bernaldez in round four and in round five the Filipino had the rangy Australian on the canvas. The referee crowned McKenzie at 1:56 of round seven after Bernaldez had been dropped twice.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO #6 lightweight Kye McKenzie (20-1, 17 KOs) stopped Mark Bernaldez (17-2, 11 KOs) in round seven of a scheduled ten with the…
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Vicente defeats Berry in Panama

By Héctor Villarreal

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Cuban featherweight Pablo Vicente (13-1, 11 KOs), was too much for local veteran
Irving Berry (23-9-2, 10 KOs) whose cornerman decided to avoid further punishment and
entered the ring at 2:48 in round 3 to stop the fight scheduled to 8, as a part of the Zona Box 3
boxing card presented by G&V Entertainment at Los Andes Mall, San Miguelito, Panama.

Another Cuban prospect, featherweight Norlan Yera (7-0, 2 KOs) won a lopsided decision to
experienced local Hernan Cortez (9-10, 2 KOs). Continue reading “Vicente defeats Berry in Panama”

By Héctor Villarreal Cuban featherweight Pablo Vicente (13-1, 11 KOs), was too much for local veteran Irving Berry (23-9-2, 10 KOs) whose cornerman decided to avoid further punishment and entered…
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Results from WBSS Weigh-in

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

WBA bantamweight title bout:
Naoya Inoue: 118 lbs.
Juan Carlos Payano: 117.5 lbs.

WBA super-lightweight title bout:
Kiryl Relikh: 140 lbs.
Eduardo Troyanovsky: 139.25 lbs.

WBC light-flyweight title bout:
Ken Shiro: 107.75 lbs.
Milan Melindo: 107.5 lbs.

Melindo scaled in at 109 pounds (a pound heavier than the 108-pound limit) at his first trip, and made weight at 107.5 after ninety minutes.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA bantamweight title bout: Naoya Inoue: 118 lbs. Juan Carlos Payano: 117.5 lbs. WBA super-lightweight title bout: Kiryl Relikh: 140 lbs. Eduardo Troyanovsky:…
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WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez said Friday on social media that he will stop up to the 168lb division to challenge WBA champion Rocky Fielding.

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WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez said Friday on social media that he will stop up to the 168lb division to challenge WBA champion Rocky Fielding. Canelo: I’m very excited to…
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Weights From Philadelphia

Darmani Rock 275.6 vs. Pedro Julio Rodriguez 244.5
Jeremy Cuevas 135.4 vs. Jerome Rodriguez 135.7
Branden Pizarro 141.2 vs. Justin Johnson 141.5
Gadwin Rosa 130.5 vs. Aldimar Silva 128.1
Benjamin Sanikin 172.8 vs. Alex Lara 173.6
Marcos Suarez 135.8 vs. Israel Suarez 137
Christian Tapia 133.3 vs. Hector Marengo 134.5

Venue: 2300 Arena
Promoter: Hard Hitting Promotions
Stream: Facebook Fight Night Live
Tickets: $50 GA, $70 Premium, $125 VIP +fees
Doors 6PM – First bout 7PM

Darmani Rock 275.6 vs. Pedro Julio Rodriguez 244.5 Jeremy Cuevas 135.4 vs. Jerome Rodriguez 135.7 Branden Pizarro 141.2 vs. Justin Johnson 141.5 Gadwin Rosa 130.5 vs. Aldimar Silva 128.1 Benjamin…
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Saunders-Andrade Update

After Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) tested positive for the banned substance Oxilofrine (a powerful stimulant from the amphetamine family) his WBO middleweight world title fight with Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs) has been in jeopardy. Since the news broke last week, more test samples have been collected from both boxers by VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association). Victor Conte, an outspoken anti-doping advocate, provides his opinion on what may come next in this saga of the defamed WBO world champion.

“Bottom line is this,” said Conte, “we’re just a few days away from the hearing, and boxing fans will get the opportunity to find out if this going to be a historic decision in the best interest of boxing, which means that they (Massachusetts State Athletic Commission) will uphold this positive drug test and rule in favor of Andrade. Continue reading “Saunders-Andrade Update”

After Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) tested positive for the banned substance Oxilofrine (a powerful stimulant from the amphetamine family) his WBO middleweight world title fight with Demetrius Andrade…
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Weights from Cache Creek

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Joel Diaz Jr. 137.5 vs. Miguel Huerta 143.5
Ryan Bourland 170 vs. Jose Hernandez 170
Blake McKernan 194.5 vs. Alfredo Contreras 193.5
Ivan Vergara 132 vs. Pablo Cubul 139
Rudy Macedo 152.5 vs. Yasmani Pedrosa 152
Jorge Chavez 165 vs. Albert Leyva 165

Venue: Cache Creek Casino and Resort, Brooks, Ca
When: 6 p.m., Saturday.
Promoters: Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee Joel Diaz Jr. 137.5 vs. Miguel Huerta 143.5 Ryan Bourland 170 vs. Jose Hernandez 170 Blake McKernan 194.5 vs. Alfredo Contreras 193.5 Ivan Vergara 132…
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Weights from Puerto Rico

Jose Lopez 128.6 vs. Jonathan Oquendo 129.4
(NABO super featherweight title)
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Juan C. Camacho Jr. 114 vs. Waldemar Pagan 115
Bryan Chevalier 126 vs. Agosto Eliezer 126
Ruben Troche 142 vs. Edwin Lopez 139
Jorge Maysonet Jr. 151 vs. William Lorenzo 153
Enrique Collazo 168 vs. Rafael Mesorana 165
Christian Soto 153 vs. Luis Ramos 154
Christian Vale 122 vs. Alberto Medina 124
Bryan Alvarez 121 vs. Kenny Agosto 122

Venue: Puerto Rico Convention Center
Promoter: Miguel Cotto Pronmotions
TV: DirecTV

Jose Lopez 128.6 vs. Jonathan Oquendo 129.4 (NABO super featherweight title) Juan C. Camacho Jr. 114 vs. Waldemar Pagan 115 Bryan Chevalier 126 vs. Agosto Eliezer 126 Ruben Troche 142…
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Weights from Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Jhonny González 129.80 vs Tomas Rojas 129.80
(WBC super featherweight international title)
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Isaac Cruz 133.10 vs Ángel Chan 128.70
Jacky Calvo 111.80 vs Candy Sandoval 111.80

Venue: Arena Coliseo in México City
Promoter: Promociones Del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

By Gabriel F. Cordero Jhonny González 129.80 vs Tomas Rojas 129.80 (WBC super featherweight international title) Isaac Cruz 133.10 vs Ángel Chan 128.70 Jacky Calvo 111.80 vs Candy Sandoval 111.80…
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Weights From Tijuana

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Luis Nery 118 vs. Jason Canoy 118
(WBC silver bantamweight title)
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Kenia Enríquez 108 vs. Norleidys Graterol 108
(WBC mini-flyweight title)
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Omar Aguilar 140 vs. Carlos A. Zatarain 140.2
Julio C. Martínez 114 vs. Víctor Ruiz 112
Endry Saavedra 163 vs. Gabriel López 163
Albert Ramírez 175 vs. Juan J. Rosales 174
Elwin Soto 110 vs. Omar Martínez 110
Paulette Valenzuela 115 vs. Jacqueline Mucio 115

Venue: Estadio Gasmart, Tijuana, BC, Mx
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: Azteca 7

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