Underdog super lightweight Jesus Saracho (13-1, 11 KOs) shocked previously unbeaten WBO #8 Cesar “Rainman” Francis (12-1, 7 KOs), taking a ten round unanimous decision on Wednesday night at the White Sands Events Center in Plant City, Florida. Saracho pressed the action and earned a 96-94, 96-94, 98-92 win to claim the WBO Latino title. Francis was an 7:1 favorite.
Saracho post-fight: “It feels really good to get this win. I recently had my first loss as a professional, so it was good to get this win and this title and to get back in the rankings. I knew that this fight would be mine the moment we began training camp. I have to thank my dad and my coach and my corner for all of the support – because of them I am back in the world rankings. We work on strength and conditioning to prepare me for anything that happens in the ring (regarding upper cut end of round 2). We knew coming in that Francis is a dangerous fighter and I knew I’d be able to handle it.”
In the co-feature, undefeated featherweight Oscar Alvarez Jr., owner of a stellar amateur 665-12 record, standing 6’ 3”, won a unaimous decision against former WBA Fedalatin champion Nicolas Polanco when the contest went to the scorecards following an unintentional clash of heads in the 7th round of a scheduled eight. Scores were 68-65, 68-65, 70-63
Jonhatan Cardoso W8 Jose Arellano (lightweight)
For the price — absolutely nothing — that was a pretty good card. That 6’3, 19 year old jr lightweight, Oscar Alvarez Jr., was on the undercard. While he lacked the polish of someone with the nearly 700 amateur fights they said he had, he did look pretty good, especially in the second half of the fight.
That score of 98-92 was garbage. I had Francis win the first four rounds.