Three important Mexican promoters, led by Erik “Terrible” Morales’ Box Latino in association with Promociones del Pueblo and HG Boxing, joined forces on Saturday night to present “Furia en Mazatlan (Fury in Mazatlan)” where IBF junior flyweight John Riel Casimero (17-2, 10 KOs) successfully defended his title against hometown hero Pedro Guevara (18-1-1, 13 KOs) by very close spit decision. The main event topped off a successful event held at the modern Mazatlan Convention Center in Mazatlan, Mexico, and televised live in Mexico by Televisa.
Casimero captured the title earlier this year by defeating Luis Lazarte in Argentina via 10th round TKO and now the world traveling Filipino from Cebu found his way to Mazatlan to defend it for the first time versus the IBF #4 ranked Guevara who was coming off an impressive performance versus Jose Guadalupe Martinez last May where he defended his NABF title for the second time.
Casimero welcomed Guevara to the world class level early, flooring him with a sneaky right uppercut that sent the Mazatlan fighter down. Guevara recuperated quickly and began to box around Casimero using the outside track of the ring. Guevara began to make it his fight by scoring with right hands early always set up by a range finding jab. Casimero kept his cool and attacked the body of Guevara and began to rough him up in hopes of making it a brawl.
The roughhousing got serious in the middle rounds as it was not clear if the obsessive clinching from both was led by Guevara falling in or Casimero ducking every chance he got. Casimero began to close the gap by the sixth round and began to score with an over hand right hand that began to slightly swell Guevara’s left eye.
In the ninth, a more aggressive Guevara met Casimero in the middle of the ring while the clinching and holding continued. Despite of it, Guevara was able to score some telling shot on the slightly shorter Casimero. The closing rounds were close as Guevara was able to box Casimero while the Filipino was able to score with by fighting well on the inside and scoring with looping right hands from the outside.
At the end, two judges saw it for the defending champion 116-111 and 114-113 while the third gave it to Guevara 114-113.
“Guerita” Sanchez Defends WBF Title
Former IBF light flyweight champion and now World Boxing Federation flyweight champion Irma “Guerita” Sanchez (24-5-1, 7KOs) successfully defended her title for the third time via a wide margin unanimous decision over the game Sharon Gaines (11-14-1, 3KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gaines, who in a nine year professional career has faced a large number of world class female fighters like Ava Knight, Carina Moreno and Alesia Graf, took the early rounds with an energized attack to the taller Sanchez. Sanchez was able to force the fight in the inside by the third nullifying her height advantage but was able to hurt Gaines with an over hand right in the third. Gaines was able to survive the round but began to develop some swelling in her left eye.
Sanchez took advantage of Gaines closing eye and began to target the area through out the middle rounds with an over hand right that began to score more effectively. In the seventh Sanchez hurt Gaines again but the scrappy fighter from Las Vegas was putting up a fight and survived Sanchez’s frenzied attack in trying to finish her off.
Gaines kept fighting at the end but Sanchez size advantage was a bit too much. Sanchez of Guadalajara, Mexico, took the decision with scores of 99-91 twice and 98-92.
“Rey” Santos Barely Beats Suleymanov
In a much closer fight than the scores would indicate, 2008 Olympian Arturo “Rey” Santos (12-2, 4KOs) of Nogales, Mexico, defeated Khabir Suleymanov (13-2, 6KOs) of Los Angeles, CA, by way of Chelyabinsk, Russia, by a much too wide unanimous decision of 116-110 three times. With the win Santos captured the vacant WBF super bantamweight title.
Santos claim to fame despite his Olympic performance in Beijing where he finished fifth overall in his division was a split decision loss to three-time world champion Fernando Montiel in his last fight. Suleymanov, a six year veteran, is known as a tough out with his awkward style of different angles and high punch output.
Suleymanov easily took the early rounds, keeping Santos busy defending a body attack and forcing the Mexican to try t fight going backwards. Santos was able to land a straight right in the first round that cut Suleymanov over the left eye but the cut never became an issue throughout out the fight. Santos didn’t begin to put together a well sustained attack until about the fourth round when he began to put together combinations that found their way past Suleymanov’s defense. In the sixth and with out warning, the referee took a point from Suleymanov for excessive head butting after Santos’ corner offered a spirited case.
The rounds began tougher to score as Suleymanov would start off the round with a frenzied attack, pushing Santos to the ropes and attacking the body. Suleymanov was able to counter punch Santos’ jab with an over hand right and push the action but mid way through, Santos would get his bearing and walk forward scoring with crisper punch combinations and straighter punches.
Again in the tenth, after complaints from Santos’ corner, the referee took another point from Suleymanov for head butting and sealing the win for Santos because of the closeness of many of the rounds that could have gone either way. Despite the setback, Suleymanov kept fighting and in the twelfth and final round put together his best effort as he controlled most of the action for the three minutes.
“Cobra” Mendoza Strikes Quick
Tijuana, Mexico’s Javier “Cobra” Mendoza, ranked in the top ten by the IBF, WBC and WBO, stopped late sub Christian Aguilar in a tune up fight scheduled for eight rounds. Mendoza was in control the whole time as he scored almost at will from his southpaw stance. Aguilar tried to put up a fight but Mendoza was just too quick and skilled for the Agua Prieta, Mexico, fighter. The end came after Mendoza scored with a hard straight left that made Aquilar’s head snap back followed seconds later with a thundering left upper cut to the mid section. Aguilar dropped to his knees and was not able to recuperate. Official time was :50 of the second round.
Mazatlan super flyweight Alberto “Metro” Guevara (16-0, 6KOs) dropped Raul Hidalgo (17-7, 13KOs) once in the fourth en route to a eight round unanimous decision in the walk out bout of the night. “Metro” dominated the action with a fluid boxing style while Hidalgo was never able to put together a consistent offense. No official scores were announced.
Paul Salcido (8-1, 7KOs) took a hard earned unanimous decision over tough Daniel Mendez of Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, in a full action four round lightweight war. Salcido scored first when he scored a hard counter right hook that surprised Mendez and dropped him. Mendez beat the count and was able to come back in the fight, helped at times with rabbit punches to back of the head. Salcido tough through and looked like he was going to finish it off in the third when he began to land a jab followed with a straight right that was hurting Mendez. Mendez was able to survive until the final bell. The scores read were 39-37 three times all for Salcido.
Super middleweight Brian “Sexy” Sanchez (12-0-1, 9KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico, remained undefeated as he only needed a little over two minutes to defeat Angel Antonio Gonzalez (4-5, 2KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico. Sanchez scored all the punches as Gonzalez was just looking to survive. At the 2:10 mark of the first round of a scheduled six, referee Efrain Ornelas had seen enough and waived off the bout.
Local Damian Gonzalez (2-1, 1KO) was surprised and suffered his first loss when Ruben Carrillo (1-1, 1KO) scored a right upper cut that dropped Gonzalez. Gonzalez reached his feet although clearly hurt. Carrillo was able to finish him off before the bell and scored the slight upset win. Official time was 2:08 of the second.
Omar Marquez (2-0, 1KO) of Mazatlan, Mexico, kept his record intact as he put together power punch combinations to the head of Carlos Uribe (0-3) of Casas Grandes, Mexico, for four super middle weight rounds. Uribe was game but clearly over matched. At the end, scores were announced 40-36 three times, all for Marquez.