Fight Chatter Feb. 24, 2019



Fight Chatter Feb. 24, 2019

By Uppercut Staff

Mexico’s Humberto Soto (69-9-2, 37 KOs) out-smarted Oxnard’s Brandon “Bam, Bam” Rios (35-5-1, 26 KOs) to win a 12-round welterweight clash at Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday Feb. 23. The crafty veteran known as “The Fox” stole multiple rounds by waiting until the last 10 seconds to unfurl fast flurries that convinced the judges he was the superior fighter. It was a hometown decision that favored Soto who lives and trains in Tijuana. Still, Rios never found a remedy for the ploy used by Soto despite repeated warnings by his trainer. After 12 rounds the scores were a ridiculously widespread 118-112 twice and 119-111. Rios was gracious in defeat though the scoring was definitely skewed.


Seniesa Estrada (16-0, 6 KOs) knocked down Yenifer Leon (9-2, 6 KOs) in the first round then battered the Venezuelan with body shots to force her to quit at the end of the fifth round. Estrada, 26, retains the WBC Silver light flyweight title by technical knockout. It was the East L.A. fighter’s fourth consecutive knockout win and second in a row in Mexico. Also, Sulem Urbina (9-0) defeated Judith Rodriguez (8-14) by unanimous decision after six rounds in a flyweight battle between Mexican fighters.


Joselito Velasquez (8-0, 7 KOs) knocked out Kevin Villanueva (10-2-3, 9 KOs) in the fifth round and became the first to stop the tough super flyweight from Sinaloa on Saturday. Velasquez, 25, hails from Cancun, Mexico but trains in Hollywood, Calif. with Freddie Roach and is managed by Frank Espinoza. It was his second straight knockout win and took place in Tijuana, Mexico. Also, Hector Tanajara (17-0) won by technical decision after four rounds versus Ivan Delgado (13-2-2) in a lightweight fight cut short because of a cut above Tanajara’s eye caused by a clash of heads. The judges scored the fight 40-36 on all three cards.


Chris Eubank Jr. (28-2, 21 KOs) knocked down former world champion James DeGale (25-3-1) twice to proceed to win by unanimous decision after 12 rounds on Saturday Feb. 23, in London England. The win gives Eubank the IBO super middleweight title and bragging rights in the rivalry battle. Eubank, 29, now enters to the forefront of a weight division ripe with talent. Also, heavyweight Joe Joyce (8-0, 8 KOs) battered former heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (25-4-1) before finally stopping the Las Vegas fighter by technical knockout in the sixth round. Joyce, 33, trains with Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, Calif.


Anthony Dirrell (33-1-1, 24 KOs) won the vacant WBC super middleweight world title by technical split decision after 10 rounds versus Turkey’s Avni Yildirum (21-2, 12 KOs). A severe cut under the left eye forced a stoppage. The scores were 96-94 twice for Dirrell and 98-92 for Yildirum. This is the second time Dirrell wins the WBC world title. He lost it in 2015 against Badou Jack.


Shelly Vincent (24-2) defeated Hungary’s Edina Kiss (15-10) by unanimous decision after eight rounds in a featherweight clash at Lincoln, Rhode Island on Saturday Feb. 23. It was a rematch of a fight that took place last year that Vincent won by majority decision. Also, Amanda Pavone remained undefeated by majority decision over Marcia Agripino (3-2-1) after eight rounds in a bantamweight fight.


Upcoming fights


Friday Telemundo 11 p.m. Derrieck Cuevas (19-0-1) vs. Ed Paredes (38-7-1) in a welterweight fight in Hollywood, Florida.


Mariana Juarez (51-9-4) defends the WBC bantamweight world title against Spain’s Eva Naranjo (12-0) on Saturday March 2. The match takes place in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico and will be shown on Televisa.


Erislandy Lara (25-3-2) meets Brian Castano (15-0) for the WBA super welterweight title on Saturday March 2 in Brooklyn, New York. Also, Luis Ortiz (30-1) meets Christian Hammer (24-5) in a heavyweight 10 round fight. Showtime will televise.