By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Felipe Leon
After twelve close and hard fought rounds, IBF junior flyweight champion John Riel Casimero (17-2, 10KOs) retained his title versus hometown hero Pedro Guevara (18-1-1, 13KOs) with a split decision on Saturday night at the Mazatlan Convention Center in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. After surviving a first round flash knockdown, Guevara fought himself back into the fight with good boxing skills but Casimero was able to score with a one punch at a time attack. Casimero was the aggressor as he pushed Guevara to the perimeter of the round as he tried to box. Guevara was able to tighten it up at the end but Casimero took the decision with scores of 116-111 and 114-113 while one judge saw it for Guevara 114-113.
In quite possibly the best fight of the night, Mexican Arturo Santos (12-2, 4KOs) took a controversial unanimous decision over Khabir Suleymanov (13-3, 6KOs) for the vacant WBF super bantamweight title. Suleymanov took the early rounds despite a cut over his left eye. Santos warmed up in the middle and both went to war to close out the fight. Suleymanov was deducted two points, one in the sixth and another in the tenth. At the end, all three judges saw it a much to wide 116-110.
Flyweight WBF female champion Irma “Guerita” Sanchez (24-5-1, 7KOs) retained her title over the tough as nails Sharon Gaines (11-14-1, 3KOs) of Las Vega, NV. Sanchez of Guadalajara, Mexico, made it her fight by pushing the action on the inside. Gaines tried to box but Sanchez was to strong and was able to hurt Gaines a couple times in the ten round fight. Scores were 99-91 twice and 98-92.
Lightweight Paul Salcido (8-1, 4KOs) earned a unanimous decision over the tough Daniel Mendez (13-3, 7KOs) of Cuauhtemoc City, Mexico, in a four rounder. Salcido of Mazatlan, Mexico, dropped Mendez in the first but things got tighter in the last three rounds. Salcido was able to fend off Mendez with straight punches enough to take home the win why scores of 39-37 three times.
Popular local super middleweight Brian “Sexy” Sanchez (12-0-1, 9KOs) did quick work and only needed a little over two minutes to stop Angel Antonio Gonzalez (4-5, 2KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico. Sanchez landed hard punches to the body and head of Gonzalez until the third man in the ring had seen enough and waived off the action. Gonzalez wasn’t doing much of anything. Official time was 2:10 of the first round of a scheduled four.
World ranked junior flyweight Javier “Cobra” Mendoza (19-2-1, 15KOs) did quick work of late sub Christian Aguilar (5-5, 1KO) of Agua Prieta, Mexico, stopping him in the second round of a scheduled eight rounder. The southpaw Mendoza scored with an upper cut which caused a late reaction from Aguilar which seconds later dropped to his knees. Aguilar was not able to beat the count. Official time was the :50 mark of the second round.
In a small upset, unheralded super middleweight Ruben Carrillo (1-1, 1KO) of Casas Grandes, Mexico, stopped local Damian Gonzalez (2-1, 1KO) in the second round of a scheduled four. Gonzalez looked like he was having trouble with the taller Carrillo and it proved true near the end of the second when Carillo scored with a right upper cut that sent Gonzalez down. Two more knockdowns and the referee halted the action. Official score was 2:08 of second round.
Local super middleweight Omar Marquez (2-0, 1KO) controlled the action for all twelve minutes over the game but clearly over matched Cesar Antonio Uribe (0-3) of Casas Grandes, Mexico, in a four rounder. Marquez used his full arsenal including power punch combinations to the head but Uribe was able to survive it all to the final bell. Scores were 40-36 three times for Marquez.