By Lee Bates at ringside
Unbeaten WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs) again retained his title against #1 Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol (25-4-1, 19 KOs) by split technical decision on Saturday night at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As it was in their first meeting, it was a closely contested affair. The bout was halted after round seven when once again a clash of heads prematurely ended the bout. Two judges had it for Calderon 68-65 and while the other had it for Mayol 68-65. Mayol was true to his word and really effectively pressured Calderon. Calderon for his part countered effectively in route to the victory. “I want people to understand that Mayol is a much different fighter that Hugo Cazares. He is very intelligent with his game plan. He made me work extremely hard to earn this victory. I have a lot of respect for him,” said Calderon.
In the semi-main event, WBO super featherweight champion Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) spectactuarly stopped Feider Viloria (22-4-1, 15 KOs) of Colombia by ninth round KO. Martinez showed a new look with his newly tightnened defense but still managed to punish Viloria with body shots throughout the bout. The end came in round nine when Martinez stopped Viloria with a barrage of punches that sent him crashing to the canvas. Only one second was left in the round but Viloria could not beat the count. “I practiced hard on my defense for this fight and I believe it showed. He didn’t want to engage me too much but in the end I was able to break him down,” stated Martinez.
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6’6 cruiserweight Carlos Negron (4-0, 4 KOs), a 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian, looked good stopping Larry Carter (3-5-1, 3 KOs) with a barrage of punches. Time was 2:49 of round one. The bout was tactically fought for the first two minutes when Negron unloaded with a volume of punches on Carter after trapping him in the corner. The referee stopped the bout after at least ten unanswered head shots delivered by Negron.
In a bout fought in the batamweight division, Juan “Panterita” Mercedes (24-2, 16 KOs) stopped game Robert “Don’t Lose” Daluz (12-21-3, 9 KOs) in round six. Mercedes scored a knockdown in the second round but after that the pace slowed a bit until round six when Mercedes scored another knockdown. When Da Luz arose he was bleeding profusely from the nose and moments later the ringside physician advised the referee to stop the bout.
In a bantamweight bout Alcides Santiago (4-1, 3KOs) defeated Juan G. Cruz(5-5, 1 KO) by six round unanimous decision. Judges had it 59-55 twice and 58-56.
Joanthony Vazquez defeated Carlos Rodriguez by 1st round TKO in a welterweight bout.
Clarence Taylor (14-22-4,17 KOs) upset previously unbeaten Jorge Melendez (9-1-1, 9 KOs) by 5th round TKO in a super welterweight bout.