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Malpartida retains title

Photo: Mary Ann Owen
Photo: Mary Ann Owen

By Butch Gottlieb/

Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California WBA super featherweight champion Kina Malpartida (11-3, 3 KOs) retained her title with a unanimous decision win over English challenger Lyndsey Scragg (10-2, 3 KOs). Malpartida made what seemed like it should be an easy fight hard by not utilizing her height and reach advantage. Scragg tried to get inside but continuously ate straight right hands from the champion. Scragg finally was able to land a counter left hook and dropped Malpartida in the sixth round but it was too little and the judges scored the fight 98-91, 98-91 ad 97-92 for Malpartida.

The semi main event saw Peruvian, Carlos Zambrano improve to (9-0, 3 KOs) with a majority decision win over Carlos Hernandez (14-9-1, 5KOs). Zambrano proved that he had great legs as he managed to run and move for the eight rounds and rarely mixed it up with a very frustrated Hernandez who kept stopping in the middle of the ring and asking Zambrano to fight. The final scores were 77-75, 77-75 and 76-76.

Armando Santa Cruz (28-4, 17 KOs) showed that he still wanted to be considered in the junior welterweight title hunt by stopping Anthony Mora (15-5, 10 KOs). Santa Cruz dominated the tall and lanky Mora dropping him in third round and causing Mora’s corner to throw in the towel saving their fighter from any further punishment.

Juan Zegarra (4-0, 4 KOs) won by second round TKO over Javier Romero. Ricky Duenas (5-1, 2 KOs) won a majority decision over Alan Sanchez (4-1, 1 KO). Oscar Venegas (2-0) won a unanimous decision over Mario Gonzalez (0-5).

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