Nontshinga avenges loss, regains IBF 108lb title

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Sivenathi “The Special One” Nontshinga (13-1, 10 KOs) regained the IBF light flyweight title with a tenth round TKO against Adrian “Gatito” Curiel (24-5-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorium Guelaguetza in Oaxaca, Mexico. It was a slugfest from the opening bell with both trading bombs nonstop. Curiel often backed Nontshinga into the ropes and teed off. In round nine, Nontshinga suddenly rocked Curiel with a left hook. Nontshinga hurt Curiel again in round ten, scoring a knockdown, then getting a referee’s stoppage.

Curiel scored a shocking one-punch knockout to dethrone Nontshinga in the second round last year in Monaco. Nontshinga turned the tables in Curiel’s backyard.

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Former world champion Mauricio Lara (26-3-2, 19 KOs) and Daniel Lugo (27-2-1, 18 KOs) battled to a ten round draw in a super featherweight clash.

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Lugo had Lara hurt in round six, but Lara recovered and hurt Lugo in round seven. Both fighters rocked each other the rest of the way. In the end, scores were 96-64 Lugo, 95-95, 95-95.

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  • This time notshinga stood up front and got better results it was a good fights
    Good notshinga won for those who think in mexico the judges are partials

    • Lol!!! There can be no partiality from the judges if you take them out of the equation. This is why fighters go for the KO when fighting in your opponent’s country. I say a third fight is coming and I’ll watch again.

    • Yeah but the judges can’t take a punch for you no matter what country. This had nothing to do with the judges. However kudos to , ” El Gatito” he wasn’t expected to win either fight. Most boxers don’t become champions, I just hope he got paid good.

  • Guessed it right. Thought if Nontshinga sticks to his game plan he would win, he did it better than I thought. Well done, world champ again.

  • And really think his trainer Colin Nathan is a great trainer and had a lot to do with this win.

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