By Robert Coster
A good crowd of almost 2,000 fans flocked to the historic Al Brown Arena to a very competitive night of international boxing in Colon, Panama. The main event saw local favorite Alfonso “Huracan” Mosquera (20-7, 7 KOs) pull an upset 11 round split decision over WBA #8 Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (23-3-2, 14 KOs) to wrest away the WBA Fedelatin middleweight crown.
Mosquera, a hard-luck boxer with a deceiving record, had only seen action twice in the past three years but fought the perfect battle by crowding the Haitian-American boxer and negating the titleholder’s advantage in height and reach.The gritty 5’6″ Panamanian stuck to Edouard’s body like a stamp, being much busier and throwing non-stop combinations to Edouard’s head and body. Edouard reacted in the last three rounds, landing some good shots but it was a case of too little too late against a determined, gutsy opponent that proved that he really deserved his nickname of “Hurricane”. Scores were 109-104, 107 1/2-106, 106-107 1/2 for Mosquera.
Edouard’s advisor Jacques Deschamps commented: “Unluckily Daniel fought Mosquera’s fight tonight but the decision was close so we will be aiming at a rematch.”
The undercard saw classy Jamaican featherweight, WBA #12 Nicholas Walters (15-0, 12 KOs) retain his WBA Fedelatin belt with a 6 round TKO over Jose Miguel Payares (10-4, 7 KOs) of Colombia. Walters was in command all through the fight and Payares was unable to come out for the seventh round, losing by kayo for the first time in his career.
Lightweight prospect Evens Pierre (15-1, 12 KOs) of Haiti avenged his only loss by stopping local boxer Rosario Lawrence in six rounds. Both boxers had scored knockdowns before Pierre levelled his foe at 1.23 of the fatal round with a well-timed body punch. Lawrence bravely beat the count but Pierre then cornered him in a corner, unleashing a barrage of punches that provoked the stoppage.
In a mild upset, featherweight Julio Caamano (8-2, 3 KOs) won a decision in eight rounds over Antonio Fernandez (12-2-1, 3 KOs) while 6′ jr welterweight Jhoan Perez (9-0, 7 KOs), Prospect of the Year in Venezuela won the nod in six rounds over Jose Miranda (9-10-3) of Colombia. (Perez hurt his right in the 4th round).
Four other bouts completed the entertaining night of boxing offered by Premium Boxing Promotions.