By Robert Coster
In a fight held at the Carlos (Teo) Cruz Coliseum on Sunday night in Santo Domingo, Dominican prospect Juan Carlos Abreu (11-0, 10 KOs) won the IBF jr welterweight Youth title with a third round knockout victory over John Nater (9-3, 8 KOs) of Puerto Rico. Abreu decked Nater at the end of the first round, dominated the second round and in the third stanza sent his opponent crashing to the mat with a flurry of unanswered punches. Referee Robert Ramirez Jr put an end to the fight as it was apparent that the prone Nater would not get up. It was an impressive display of power and speed by Abreu who might be invading the USA boxing scene very soon.
On the same card, IBF female featherweight champion Dahianna Santana retained her title with a seventh round TKO over fellow Dominican Marisol Reyes. The game Reyes, a late sub for an African challenger that was a no-show, took the fight to the champion and it made for some exciting action with both girls trading punches with gusto. A beautiful uppercut by champion Santana in the seventh had the challenger profusely bleeding from the nose and caused the final stoppage of the fight.
In another interesting, action-filled bout in the jr lightweight division, former contender Francisco Lorenzo (39-11) handed prospect Donis Garcia (12-1) his first pro loss, winning a split decision over eight rounds. Lorenzo had to overcome a knockdown in the second round and dig deep to scrape a close nod over his younger rival.
The ten fight card was co-promoted by Manguita Boxing and Sampson Boxing Promotion and drew a good crowd of about 1,300 fans.