In a rematch, super lightweight contender Yves Ulysse Jr. (18-1, 9 KOs) avenged his only loss with a ten round unanimous decision over Steve Claggett (27-6-2, 17 KOs) to claim the WBA Gold championship in an all-Canadian clash on Thursday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Scores were 96-94, 97-93, 97-93. Claggett previously won a split decision over Ulysse in December 2017.
“I feel happy and relieved,” said Ulysse Jr. “I was looking for this relief after my first loss, and now I have it. We still have to work hard for a world title shot, but it is definitely in my future.”
“I thought I won the fight,” said Claggett. “I pushed the pace and hurt him twice. He also ran a few rounds. Not to discredit him, but the aggressor and effective puncher should win the rounds. I would love a rematch.”
In a direct rematch of an all-action draw from last October, bantamweights Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (18-2-1, 7 KOs) and Joshua “The Professor” Franco (15-1-1, 7 KOs) picked up where they left off. After ten rounds, it was Franco winning by ten round split decision by scores of 97-93, 96-94 on two cards. Negrete was up 98-92 on the third card. Franco claimed the NABF and WBA International bantamweight titles.
“I feel great. I’m feel excited to get these two belts,” said Franco. “It really wanted this, so it shows what happens when you really work hard.”
“It was obvious what people saw,” said Negrete. “At the very most, Franco won three rounds. But what can you do? It is what it is. Of course we want the rematch!”
2012 Olympic female flyweight medalist Marlen Esparza (6-0, 1 KOs) returned to the ring after the birth of her first child to take an eight round unanimous decision over Jhosep Vizcaino (8-9, 3 KOs). Scores were 80-72 across the board.
Welterweight Alexis “Lex” Rocha (13-0, 8 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision against Shoki Sakai (23-10-2, 13 KOs). Scores were 97-03, 99-91, 97-93.
Super lightweight Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (24-2, 13 KOs) scored a second round KO over Yardley Armenta Cruz (25-14, 15 KOs).