By Robert Coster
Photos: Temmy Villa/Canelo Promotions
Yesterday in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, WBC Silver super flyweight champion and WBC #1 contender Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras proved why he is considered one of Mexico’s hottest up-and-coming young boxers. Cuadras (28-0, 23 KOs) scored an impressive seventh round stoppage of countryman Victor Zaleta (20-4-1, 10 KOs). The unbeaten Cuadras, a former Pan American Games medalist, dominated the game but outclassed Zaleta from round one, displaying offensive skills, great speed and good firepower against his bewildered foe. In the seventh round, “El Principe” unloaded a combination that drove the battered Zaleta to the mat. The challenger bravely managed to beat the count but the referee wisely decided to stop the slaughter. It was yet another scintillating performance for the 24 year-old Cuadras who is undoubtably heading for a world title fight this year.
In the co-feature main event, WBC female super flyweight champion Zulina “La Loba” Munoz (36-1-2, 24 KOs) retained her title via a hard-earned ten round decision over Kentai Tsunami (18-6, 10 KOs) of Japan. Champion Munoz had to hold on in the last round after being hurt by her brawling challenger who certainly deserved her name. The judges voted 95-93, 95-93, 97-92 for Munoz. The card, held in the packed Gimnasio Los Liebres of Rio Bravo, was promoted by Canelo Promotions.