In his first defense, WBC featherweight champion Elio Rojas (22-1, 13 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Guty Espadas (45-8, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Zamna Poliforum in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The champion was in command for the first seven rounds. Hometown favorite Espadas had his best round in the eighth, however, that was the last hurrah for the 35-year-old Espadas. Rojas got back on track in the ninth and cruised to victory. The ring announcer did not disclose the official scoring. Elio had superior hand speed but got a little overconfident in the later rounds, while Espadas looked as good as anyone has ever remembered him. UPDATE: Fightnews.com has learned that the scoring for Rojas was 120-108 and 119-109 twice.
WBC #11 heavyweight Derric Rossy (23-2, 12 KOs) knocked down Joseph Harris (10-10, 7 KOs) in round two, and the referee stopped the fight later in that round after an unanswered barrage of at least 12 punches. Rossy retained the FECARBOX heavyweight championship with the TKO win.
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Unbeaten heavyweight Kertson “The Majii” Manswell (18-0, 15 KOs) was taken the full eight rounds by journeyman Dennis McKinney (28-49-1, 14 KOs). Manswell took a unanimous nod.
Unbeaten lightweight Emilio Perea (16-0, 8 KOs) TKO’d Julio “Dynamite” Camano (6-1, 3 KOs) 2:50 into round nine. The bout was for the FECARBOX lightweight championship.
An NABF flyweight clash between Wilbert “Hurricane” Uicab (27-5-1, 16 KOs) and Anthony “Baby Assassin” Villareal (9-3, 4 KOs) was ruled a no contest after an accidental clash of heads in round two.
Featherweight Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (10-1, 9 KOs) halted Cristian Arrazola (5-4-1, 3 KOs) at 1:47 of round four. Time was 1:47.
Unbeaten super flyweight Carlos Cuadras (13-0, 12 KOs) stayed perfect with a fifth round stop of Oswaldo “Chapo” Rodriguez (8-8, 7 KOs). Time was 2:12.
Flyweight Gilberto “Baby” Keb (29-20-3, 17 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Omar “Lobito” Soto (19-6-1, 13 KOs). Time was 2:47.