By Felipe Leon at ringside
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (27-0, 27 KOs) put on a brilliant display of boxing as he dominated interim champion Antonio DeMarco (23-2-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Valero was cut under the right eye in round one and suffered a nasty gash on the forehead in round two from an elbow, which cost DeMarco a point. Valero, however, remained the aggressor as he both outpunched and outboxed DeMarco in virtually every round. After eight rounds, the scoring was 79-72 for Valero on all three cards. DeMarco trainer Romulo Quirarte finally stopped the one-sided beating after Valero dominated round nine. Impressive defense for Valero as he overcame adversity to win in front of a worldwide audience that included SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING viewers.
In a good action fight, unbeaten welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Richard Gutierrez (24-4-1, 14 KOs). Abregu was dropped by a left hook in round two, but got up to floor Gutierrez in round three. Abregu was cut over the left eye by a punch in round seven but coasted to a 98-90, 97-91, 97-91 win.
Hard hitting Mexican brawler Michel Rosales (27-3, 22KO) beat Orlando “Torito” Escobar (10-6, 5KO) of Culiacan, MX, to a pulp and by the fifth round, Escobar failed to answer the bell for the fifth round. Rosales of San Luis Potosi, MX, kept the fight inside and battered Escobar with short hooks and upper cuts.
In an all out war, Monterrey’s Arely Mucino (10-0-1, 7KO) kept his perfect record intact as she earned a unanimous decision over the game Anahi Torres (4-6, 1KO) of Mexico City in a flyweight six rounder. Scores were 59-56 three times.
Tijuana’s Marvin Quintero (19-2, 15KO) earned his third KO in the row when he stopped local favorite Luis “Tribi” Gonzalez (19-2, 12KO) in the second round of a lightweight bout. The southpaw Quintero displayed his superior speed and power as he caught Gonzalez with a right hook to the chin that sent Gonzalez down. Gonzalez beat the count but only to receive a barrage of punches that prompted the referee to stop the bout. Official time was 2:59 of the second round.
Jose Luis Zertuche (21-5-3, 16KO) of Leon, MX, was awarded a TKO over Mexicali’s Antonio Arras (20-6, 14KO) after Arras developed a cut in the third round. The ringside doctor stopped the bout in the sixth and final round at the 17 second mark. Zertuche was en command through out the bout.
Local light middleweight Michael Medina (22-1-2, 18KO) made quick work of journeyman Roberto Valenzuela (29-49-2, 23KO) of Agua Prieta, MX, with a right hook to the body in the first round. Valenzuela crumpled to the canvas and did not beat the count.
Tijuana’s Juan Pablo “CheChe” Lopez (15-0, 14KO) dropped Leonardo Resendiz (22-23, 14KO) once in the fourth and again in the fifth to prompt the referee to stop the bout at 47 seconds of the fifth round in a junior welterweight bout.
Carlos Perez (11-3-3, 7KO) won a spirited jr. flyweight unanimous decision over Moises Calleros (3-2, 2KO), both of Monterrey,MX. Calleros was the busy of the two while Perez landed the harder punches, almost knocking out his man in the sixth and final round.