By Byron Spurlock & Jose Reyes at ringside
Lightweight Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) scored a spectacular ninth round KO over Juan Diaz (34-2, 17 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA super and WBO lightweight titles, as well as Diaz’ IBO belt on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston. It was a fierce all out war in which Marquez absorbed Diaz’ heavy pressure early, then broke down the “Baby Bull,” dropping him twice in the ninth. Time was 2:40. A definite fight of the year candidate.
In his eleventh defense of his WBA featherweight title and first fight in the USA, unbeaten world featherweight champion Chris John (42-0-2, 22 KOs) and Rocky Juarez (28-4-1, 20 KOs) battled to a hard-fought twelve round draw. John mostly outworked a determined Juarez, although Rocky landed the harder punches. John cut Juarez over the left eye in round five and threw more than 100 punches in most rounds, while Juarez closed strong winning the last two rounds on all cards. All three judges scored it 114-114, thus John retains the title. John originally won the belt in an elimination bout with Oscar Leon in Indonesia back in 2003.
“I thought I won the fight easy,” said John. “I dominated the fight. He was a tough fighter but what can I say?”
Rocky stated “I thought I won the fight. I gave up the middle rounds. I lost some of them, but it was a great show. I wanted to win the title in front my hometown fans. I got cut but it had nothing to do with it. I came out in the later rounds and thought I took the fight. He fought a good smart fight but was my fault.”
Welterweight Danny Garcia (11-0, 7 KOs) defeated Cristian Favela (15-18-6, 9 KOs) by eight round unanimous decision. Scores: 80-72, 80-72, 79-73
Super middleweight Daniel Jacobs (14-0, 13 KOs) defeated Jose Cruz (12-16-3, 4 KO) by KO at 2:59 of round one.
Lightweight Hylon Williams Jr. (8-0, 3 KOs) defeated Edgar Partillo (3-1, 2 KOs) by TKO in round six.
Jr. middleweight Jermell Charlo (6-0, 3 KOs) defeated Juan Serrano (2-5-1, 2 KOs) by unanimous decision, 40-36, 40-36, 40-36.
Jr. welterweight Ramon Flores (3-4-1) defeated Hector Vazquez (1-1) by TKO at 2:55 of round one.
Jr. middleweight Michael Anderson (4-0-1, 2 KOs) defeated Oscar Rosales (4-4-1, 1 KO) by knockout at 1:06 of round one.
Jr. welterweight Darryl Hayes (1-0) won his pro debut against Gerardo Carillo (0-4-1) by unanimous decision 40-36, 40-36, 39-37.