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Bantamweight Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-0, 9 KOs) scored his most important win over dangerous Josean “El Tren” Figueroa (8-3-1, 7 KOs) when when he stopped “El Tren” in the third round on Saturday night at the Coliseo Roger Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. From the opening bell, “Pitbull” established a fast and strong jab to neutralize Josean’s offense and got the knockout in round three. “This is a great victory for me, I felt strong and fast. I trained very hard for three months and worked on my mistakes from my last fight. I look forward to clashing with the best bantamweights. I am ready for them,” Vidal said.
In the co-main event, young undefeated prospect Janiel Rivera (7-0-2, 4 KOs) scored his most important victory when he KO’d vetaran Omar “El Pastor” Soto (15-8-1, 6 KOs) in the very first round. “Wow, this is a dream come true for me, I am very happy with this win. I worked really hard for this. I knew he was a strong and experienced fighter. But I trust my skills and we got the FECARBOX belt. This is a message for all the strawweight division. Janiel Rivera is here for them,” Janiel said.
In other results top flyweight prospect Charlie Clemente (3-0, 2 KOs) stopped Armando Adorno at :25 of round two. Featherweight Pedro Vicente won a split decision over Juan M.Pillot. Jr welterweight Kevin Nieves scored a brutal Ko at 2:25 of the third round over Osvaldo Vazquez.
Top welterweight Thomas Dulorme’s little brother Starling Cordero won a unanimous decision over Eduardo Meléndez to improve his record to 5-0, 2 KOs. Featherweights Robert Figueroa and José Del Valle battled to a draw.
Miguel Cotto Promotions together with H2 Entertainment and Golden Boy Promotions will continue their successful “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas” series in Puerto Rico on November 17. That will headline the undefeated lightweight sharp shooter Abner”Pin” Cotto (14-0, 6 KOs) and people’s champ Edgardo “Sasso” López (6-0, 4 KOs) at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, which will be televised by Telefutura.