By Robert Coster
Peru’s only boxing Champion, veteran Alberto “Chiquito” Rossel (32-8, 13 KOs) retained his interim WBA light-flyweight title with a unanimous twelve round unanimous decision over Colombian challenger Gabriel Mendoza (19-3-2, 16 KOs) in Lima on Saturday night. The hard hitting Mendoza had early good rounds but the cagey Rossel gradually took command of the fight and even had Mendoza in trouble in the late rounds. The judges scored it 119-114, 118-113 and 117.5-111.5 in favor of the 36-year-old champion who was making his fourth title defense.
“I’m happy with my performance,” declared Rossel after the fight. “Mendoza was a tough opponent and it took me some rounds to figure him out. I now want a fifth title defense and then a WBA title unification fight.”
In another bout, Peruvian Featherweight prospect and WBA #11 rated Carlos Zembrano (23-0, 11 KOs) won the vacant WBA Fedelatin title with an eleventh round TKO over Devis Perez (28-12-4, 18 KOs) of Colombia.