Panama City, Panama: Bantam: Leosdan Nunez (7-0) W DISQ 2 Ricardo Nunez (29-7). Welter: Ivan Matute (26-1) W TKO 1 Miguel Martinez (12-2-1). Super Light: Alex Duran (16-0) W TKO 4 Ronald Castillo (15-1). Super Bantam: Liborio Solis (26-5-1,1ND) W KO 1 Jose Ramos (6-1). Super Welter: Johan Gonzalez (15-0) W KO 1 Jesus Velazco (13-12-2).Fly: Luis Rios (25-4-1,1ND) W PTS 8 Iwier Henriquez (11-11-1)
Nunez vs. Nunez
Cuban Nunez beats Panamanian Nunez on a disqualification. The Cuban had lots of height and reach over the local and as a result the local fighter was piling in head down trying to get inside to work and he was warned for careless headwork in the first. The Cuban was catching the local with hooks as he advanced and forced the local to the ropes and worked him over. Local Nunez was warned again for his head work in the second as the fight became messy with too much holding and wrestling. . The Cuban was the one doing the cleaner work but in the third once again the local’s head banged into the Cuban’s face. Initially the referee deducted two points from the local but then he examined the Cuban and saw that he was now cut high over his right eye. The ringside physician examined the cut and advised the fight be stopped and the referee disqualified the local. The crowd were not happy and it was announced that there would be a return in July. Cuban Nunez, 23, who is based in Panama was twice a bronze medallist and twice a quarter-finalist in the Cuban championships and he wins the vacant WBA Fedelatin title. Panamanian Nunez “El Matematico” lost to Moruti Mthalane for the IBF fly title in 2012 and was beaten on a technical decision when he challenged Juan Carlos Reveco for the secondary WBA title in 2013. He had won 3 of his last 4 fights but was deservedly disqualified here.
Matute vs. Martinez
Big puncher Matute again shows his power as he overwhelms Martinez. The Venezuelan southpaw was stalking Martinez and loading up on every punch. One punch from Matute landed low and the referee stopped the action for a few seconds and then in a sneaky move Matute extended his right hand in apology and at the same time threw a straight left which shook Martinez. A big right sent Martinez stumbling and he only avoided going down by holding onto the ropes. The referee applied a standing count. When the action resumed a left floored Martinez and although he beat the count a series of head punches had Martinez reeling and the referee stopped the fight. The 25-year-old “Demolition Man” is living up to his nickname. He has 21 wins by KO/TKO including ten in his last ten fights with all of the endings coming inside four rounds. He was making the first defence of his WBA Fedelatin title and is No 15 with the WBA. Mexican Martinez was 8-0-1 in his last 9 fights but is strictly a four and six rounds prelim level.
Duran vs. Castillo
Duran is considered to be one of the best prospects in Panama right now. Fighting southpaw out of a very wide stance he was throwing bombs with every punch. He looked awkward and Castillo managed to land some good right counters. Duran just kept coming and in the fourth a couple of thudding body punches put Castillo down on one knee. Duran landed a punch when Castillo was strictly speaking down and an angered Castillo leapt to his feet as if to retaliate but another body punch left him bent double and as he failed to respond the referee stopped the fight. The 24-year-old Duran wins the vacant IBF Latino title with his fourth win by KO/TKO. Mexican Castillo had impressive looking credentials with 13 wins by KO.TKO, nine of them in the first round but eleven of his victims had never won a fight.
Solis vs. Ramos
Easy night work for Solis as he knocks out novice Ramos inside a round. Ramos launched some wild attacks with Solis trying to fend him off. Their heads clashed and Solis took a step back. The referee halted the action and took Solis to be examined by the ringside physician and after a lengthy examination the fight continued. A fired up Solis went after Ramos and floored him with a right. Ramos was up quickly and Solis took him to the ropes and pounded away until Ramos dropped to his knees. Again the Colombian was up quickly but Solis rushed forward and landed a right that hit Ramos on his left elbow and Ramos went down rolling in agony clutching his groin and the referee immediately waived the fight over. It was more than five minutes before Ramos got up but if someone hit him low it was not Solis and it looked more like Ramos took the easy way out. Solis a 36-year-old Panamanian-based Venezuelan was WBA super fly champion back in 2013 and although he beat IBF champion Daiki Kameda in a unification fight Solis had failed to make the weight and lost his IBF title. He put together a seven bout winning streak but then lost on points to Shinsuke Yamanaka in 2016 for the WBC title in a fight that saw both fighters on the floor. He lost a close controversial decision to Jamie McDonnell for the secondary WBA bantam title in November 2016 and a return match in November 2017 ended in a No Decision when McDonnell suffered a bad cut. Colombian Ramos had less than ten rounds activity in his record and should not have been put into a fight like this.
Gonzalez vs. Velazco
Gonzalez demolishes Mexican Velazco in 95 seconds. Gonzalez went straight to work forcing Velazco to the ropes and scoring with hooks to the body. Velazco tried to keep Gonzalez out with his jab but Gonzalez walked through it and trapped Velazco in a corner with Velazco sliding to the floor after taking two rights to the body and he never looked like getting up. The lanky 27-year-old Venezuelan has won all of his fights by KO/TKO with ten first round finishes but his first fourteen wins came over fighters who had only mustered 13 wins between them. Velazco had a run of eight wins but he has now lost three in a row and this is his sixth loss by KO/TKO
Rios vs. Henriquez
Former IBF light fly title challenger Rios given eight rounds of work by willing Venezuelan Henriquez. Rios used his experience to pace this fight. The Venezuela mad a strong aggressive start with Rios boxing on the retreat but countering well. As the fight progressed Rios found more and more gaps in the defence of Henriquez and drilled him with some strong rights in the last round but could not find a finishing punch. Scores 77-71, 77-72 and 76-72 for Rios. These two had fought in May last year with a cut leading to a No Decision result. Rios lost a wide decision to John Riel Casimero for the IBF title in 2013. Henriquez is now 2-7,1ND in his last 10 fights but also went the distance in Panama with Ricardo Nunez
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