By Robert Coster
Photos: Martin Avilamaria
In a thrilling, all-Dominican war, Norberto Jimenez(14-8-2, 4 KOs) and rising prospect Eliezer Aquino(14-0-1, 8 KOs) fought to a five round tecnical draw in a battle for the WBA Fedecentro super flyweight title, property of Jimenez. The bout, held in the capital city of Santo Domingo, proved to be a memorable slugfest.
Aquino fiercely attacked Jimenez from the opening bell but, at 2:10 of the first round, was caught by a beautiful counter right cross and spectacularly fell flat on his back. Eliezer got up at the count of 9 on very wobbly legs but was miraculously able to hold on for the rest of the round. The popular Jimenez, a boxer who has won his last 13 fights, scored again well in the second round but the gritty Aquino roared back in rounds three, four and five, scoring well with looping hooks to the head of the taller Jimenez who fought back scoring with various uppercuts. Adding to his woes, a rapidly tiring Jimenez suffered a bad cut (called as an involuntary headbutt) in round three. On advice of the ring physician, the referee stopped the fight after the 5th round to go the scorecards. All three judges were unanimous in declaring a 47-47 draw. Without doubt, Dominican boxing fans will be rooting for a rematch between these two gallant warriors.
In the co main event, IBF female super bantamweight champion, local girl Katy Pamela Wilson retained her crown with a seventh round TKO over Zeny Sotomayor of Mexico. Wilson just had too much skill and power for the game but outclassed Sotomayor, whose corner stopped her from coming out for the 8th round. The very entertaining 10 bout card was held at The Club Mauricio Baez and promoted by Manguita Promotions.