Koki Eto knockout win changed to a no-contest

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Former interim flyweight world champion Koki Eto moved down to light flyweight to seemingly score a spectacular first round TKO over previously unbeaten two-time Olympian Jeyvier Cintron on Saturday night before 2,912 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. A thunderous Eto right hand floored Cintron, who beat the count but flailed wildly around the ring and the bout was stopped. Time was 2:37.
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However, about a half-hour after Eto was declared the victor in the ring, the Florida State Boxing Commission changed the result to a no-contest, citing a head clash that occurred prior to the knockout punch. As a result, Eto (24-4-1, 19 KOs) does not win the WBO international junior bantamweight title, which remains vacant, and Cintron (10-0, 5 KOs) gets back his undefeated ledger.

Former IBF junior lightweight and WBO lightweight champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (26-2, 13 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Felix Verdejo conqueror Antonio Lozada Jr. (40-3-1, 34 KOs). Pedraza dropped Lozada in round nine and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Time was 2:24.

In a ten-round featherweight crossroads bout, Buddy McGirt-trained Adam Lopez (13-1, 6 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Jean Carlos Rivera (15-2, 10 KOs). Rivera dropped Lopez in round two, but Lopez turned the tables. The bout was stopped :16 into round seven.

In a shocker, Jose Maria Cardenas (17-4, 14 KOs) knocked out previously unbeaten 2016 Olympian bantamweight Antonio Vargas (10-1, 5 KOs) in the first round. A crushing right hand laid out Vargas face first at 1:53. Cardenas entered with two straight losses.

Middleweight Edgar “Pachanga” Berlanga (11-0, 11 KOs) made it 11 first-round KOs in as many fights by blowing out Gyorgy Varju (7-5, 4 KOs) in 43 seconds.

In a bantamweight bout, former world champion Carlos Cuadras (38-3-1, 27 KOs) outpointed Daniel Lozano (15-7, 11 KOs) over eight. Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.

Super middleweight Steve “So Cold” Nelson (14-0, 11 KOs), a stablemate of welterweight king Terence “Bud” Crawford, knocked out Victor “The Spartan” Darocha (8-5-1, 6 KOs) in round seven.

Featherweight Orlando Gonzalez (11-0, 8 KOs) scored a third round KO over Patrick Riley (13-2, 7 KOs). Gonzalez dropped Riley in the first round and again in round three to end it. Time was 1:16.

Featherweight Marco Diaz (2-0, 2 KOs) needed just 50 seconds to lay out Edgar Figueroa (3-2, 1 KO) with a big right hand.

Super featherweight Henry “Moncho” LeBron (9-0, 7 KOs) won by first round stoppage against Luis Ruiz Lizarraga Jr. (6-13-1, 2 KOs). Time was 2:43.


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