Fists of Gold: Estrada dethrones Viloria, Martinez edges Magdaleno; Ishimoto shocks WV2; Shiming wins pro debut
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Juan Francisco Estrada (23-2, 17 KOs) seized the WBA and WBO flyweight titles by taking a twelve round split decision against reigning champion Brian Viloria (32-4, 19 KOs) on Saturday night in the Cotai Arena at the luxurious Venetian Macao Resort in Macao, China. It was a very exciting fight with both fighters throwing bombs from from the get-go. In a war of attrition Estrada kept coming as Viloria faded. Viloria took heavy punishment late. Scores were 116-111, 117-111 for Estrada and 115-113 for Viloria.
WBO jr lightweight champion Roman Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KOs) won a twelve round split decision to retain his title against previously unbeaten #1 rated mandatory challenger Diego Magdaleno (23-1, 9 KOs). Martinez scored a knockdown with a right hand in round four and stalked Magdaleno the entire fight. Magdaleno had his moments, but Martinez did enough to win by scores of 115-112, 114-113 on two cards. Magdaleno was up 116-111 on the third card.
In the main event, pro debuting two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and three-time world amateur champion Zou Shiming won a four round unanimous decision over Eleazar Valenzuela (2-2-1, 1 KOs) in a flyweight bout. Showing great quickness, Shiming outclassed a very tough opponent, winning 40-36 on all cards.
In a war, 12:1 underdog Yasutaka Ishimoto (22-6, 5 KOs) scored a majority decision over former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez Jr (22-3-1, 19 KOs). It was a grueling and close back-and-forth fight. Ishimoto scored a knockdown in round eight when WV2 touched a glove to the canvas and then closed the fight strong to pull it out by scores of 95-95, 96-93, 95-94.
Unbeaten WBC #9 flyweight Milan Melindo (29-0, 12 KOs) scored a brutal fourth round TKO against Tommy Seran (18-2, 9 KOs). Melindo dropped Seran in the first 30 seconds with a left hook. Seran down again again from a big right hand in round two. A left hook on the chin put Seran down for the third time in round four and the bout was stopped at 2:38.
In a wild one, unbeaten featherweight Dodie Boy Penalosa (11-0, 9 KOs) scored an explosive third round KO over Nimithra Sithsaithong (4-5, 3 KOs). Penalosa recovered from a first round knockdown to floor Nimithra in round two and ended it spectacularly in round three putting Nimithra on the deck face down with a body shot. Time was 2:54.
Unbeaten super featherweight Paul Fleming (18-0, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Ryusei Yoshida (22-6, 10 KOs). The aggressive Fleming attacked Yoshida relentlessly. The fight was stopped in round four due to a cut over Yoshida’s left eye. Time was 1:07.
Unbeaten super bantamweight David Penalosa (6-0, 4 KOs) destroyed Cheroenchai Sithsaithong (4-3, 3 KOs). Penalosa dropped Cheroenchai late in round one, then laid him out for the count in round two. Time was :29.