By Miguel Maravilla and Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Puerto Rican super flyweight McWilliams Arroyo (17-3, 14 KOs) defeated former champion Carlos Cuadras (36-3-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico City on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles. Scores were 95-95, 98-92 and 97-93.
Arroyo came out strong, attacking and landing power punches as Cuadras boxed in the opening round. An overhand right by Cudras found its mark as he staggered Arroyo to close the second round. Cuadras boxed behind the jab in round 3 as he followed up with the right, Arroyo continued to press.
The fifth round saw Cuadras connect with a wild left hook continuing to box and work behind the jab as Arroyo stalked. Missing with some wild punches to start off the sixth, Cuadras then boxed popping the jab as Arroyo was on the offensive. Arroyo connected with an overhand right that stopped Cuadras’s momentum to close the seventh. The Puerto Rican fighter was cut above his right eye brow in the eighth as Cuadras began to let his hands go Arroyo appeared to be bothered by the cut.
Continuing to keep his distance in round nine the former world champion stuck to the plan boxing as he was more productive. The tenth and final round saw Arroyo keeping his distance as Cuadras was the aggressor closing strong.
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Paramount’s Pedro Duran (16-0-3, 13 KOs) and Enrique Tinoco (16-5-4, 12 KOs) of Tijuana battled to a draw in a scheduled eight round lightweight bout. Judges scored the bout 77-75 for Duran, 76-76 and 76-76.
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Anahi Torres (17-17-1, 12KO) captured the women’s WBC International light flyweight title with a questionable unanimous decision over previously undefeated Louisa Hawton (7-1, 3KO) in an eight round title fight. Hawton, hailing from Perth, Australia, pressed the action and landed the cleaner and crisper punches against Torres who had her moments but who was largely backing up. Perhaps somewhat of a “hometown decision” for Torres who hails from Mexico City, also the headquarters of the WBC. Scores were unanimous 77-75, 79-73, 77-75 and there was no protest from Hawton who just seemed happy to be included and happy for the opportunity to fight outside Australia.
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In the opening bout, featherweight Mario Ramos (4-0, 4KOs) of San Diego made quick work of Oscar Eduardo Quezada (7-6, 4 KOs) stopping him in the first round a scheduled six round bout. The bout was stopped at 2:19.