Franchon Crews retains WBC female 168lb title

By Miguel Maravilla and Rocky Morales at ringside

Franchon Crews (6-1, 2KO) dominated Maricela Cornejo (13-4, 5KO) in a rematch of a closely contested fight from last year. Time and time again, Crews beat Cornejo to the punch and clearly landed the heavier shots throughout the bout on Saturday night at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Despite having home ring advantage this time and the full support of the crowd in attendance, it wasn’t close to being enough to boost Cornejo to victory or even to being competitive this time around. Judges scored the bout 98-92, 97-91 and 98-92, all in favor of Crews. Crews successfully retained her WBC super middleweight bout while also adding the vacant WBO super middleweight bout with the victory and the only blemish on her record was in losing her debut fight to Claressa Shields.

Super lightweight Romero Duno (21-1, 16 KOs) of the Philippines stopped South Central Los Angeles’ Ivan Delgado (13-3-2, 6 KOs) after seven rounds. From the start in the opening round, Duno and Delgado did not take a step back. Duno backed Delgado late in the fourth but Delgado held his own fighting back. Delgado was trickling blood from his nose in the fifth as Duno continued to press but Delgado kept fighting on. Halfway through in the sixth, the Filipino landed huge shots backing Delgado. After seven rounds Delgado’s corner had seen enough as they stopped the fight forcing the referee to wave it at the end of the seventh.

Rafael Gramajo (11-2-2, 2KO) was the knockout winner over Daniel Olea (13-9-2, 5KO). Gramajo’s aggression was rewarded when Olea elected to not come out for the fifth round, making Gramajo the winner by way of knockout at 3:00 of the fourth round of a scheduled eight round lightweight bout.

Alejandro Reyes (1-0, 1KO) made a very successful pro debut with a knockout over Jorge Padron (3-5, 3KO) in a scheduled four round lightweight bout. It was a body shot to the liver that dropped Padron to the canvas in agony where he was counted out by the referee at 1:55 of the second round.

2016 Olympian Joselito “El Huracan” Velazquez (11-0, 9KO) lived up to his nickname and scored a punishing knockout over overmatched opponent Francisco Bonilla (6-7-3, 3KO) in a scheduled eight round flyweight bout. It was all Velazquez and he sent Bonilla to the deck hard in the second round with a right cross but Bonilla was game to fight on and endure more punishment. A barrage of punches at the end of the fourth round sent Velazquez down again, this time with the referee mercifully ending the fight without a count. Time of the stoppage was 2:54 in the fourth round.

In the opening bout from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Super middleweight Diego Pacheco of Los Angles (6-0, 5 KOs) stopped Terry Fernandez (2-1, 2 KOs) of Oakland in three rounds. Pacheco kept his distance and teed off Fernandez, pummeling him all over the ring and throughout the ring as the referee Eddie Hernandez Jr. had seen enough stopping the fight at 41 seconds of the third.

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