Due to a foot injury suffered in training yesterday, former World Champion Martin "El Gallo" Castillo has been forced to pull out of his April 1 rematch with Eric Morel. Mexican contender Luis Maldonado will step up to the plate to face "Little Hands of Steel" this Friday night in the main event of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. More...
In a battle of former Mexican champions, Jesus Jimenez captured the WBC Latino Flyweight title by stopping Salvador Montes in four rounds last night at Foro Scotiabank in Mexico City.
The combatants were no strangers in the ring as Guadalajara southpaw Jimenez had knocked out Tepic native Montes twice before but the stakes were never as high as last night.
The much shorter Montes tried to land a big shot from the opening bell but was punished for his efforts with a scathing body attack from Jimenez, who never took his foot off the gas.
By the fourth, the big-hearted Montes was getting hammered from all directions, forcing a referee stoppage at 2:42 of the round.
Jimenez, 21-5 (14), has now won ten straight since suffering a stoppage at the hands of Francisco Arce in 2006 and at just 24 years of age, the Jalisco based slugger could be in line for high profile bouts against the like of Cristian Mijares, Luis Maldonado or perhaps a rematch with Arce.
Montes loses his third in a row to fall to 5-6 (2).
Nonito Donaire retained his position as the top flyweight in the world with a sixth round cuts stoppage against South African challenger Mortui Mthalane to keep the IBF and IBO titles at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.
Donaire, 20-1 (13), won his 19th straight contest but it wasn't easy as opponent Mthalane came to fight and absorbed everything "The Filipino Flash" could offer and still kept coming, dishing out the leather himself at a respectable rate.
But a full-blooded right hand from Donaire produced a severe cut above the eye of Mthalane and the bout was stopped at 1:31 of the sixth frame, despite the protests of the South African battler.
On the undercard, Mexico's Jorge Arce, 51-4-1 (39), hammered out Isidro Garcia, 25-6-2 (8), with a bodyshot in the fourth after the pair engaged in a spirited slugfest from the opening bell.
With the win, Arce keeps his interim WBA Super Flyweight title and could possibly next face Australia's Vic Darchinyan in a massive unification bout sure to draw a lot of much needed attention to the 115 pound division.
In a bad blood grudge rematch, Julio Cesar Chavez, 38-0-1 (29), outpointed Matt Vanda, 39-8 (22), after ten rounds at light middle and celebrated light welter prospect Lamont Peterson, 26-0 (12), saw off Lanardo Tyner, 19-2 (11), by a wide points decision to win the vacant NABF title.
Middleweight Vanes Martirosyan, 22-0 (14), knocked out Charles Howe, 17-5-2 (9), in the first to keep an unblemished record.
Top Rank puts on a big show tonight at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas with IBF/IBO Flyweight Champion Nonito Donaire putting his belts at risk against South Africa's Moruti Mthalane as the headlining contest.
Donaire, 19-1 (12), rocketed to prominence last year when he won his titles by knocking out previously undefeated KO artist Vic Darchinyan in spectacular fashion. The 25 year old "Filipino Flash" followed that up with an eight round stoppage of Luis Maldonado in December to retain the IBF and IBO titles.
Facing Donaire tonight at Mandalay Bay will be South African and WBC International Flyweight titlist Mthalane, 22-1 (15), who brings a nine bout win streak into the ring.
This will be Mthalane's maiden voyage outside his home country but the man nicknamed "Babyface" decisively overcame seasoned Australian veteran Hussein Hussein in July to earn the shot against Donaire and has to be considered a legitimate threat.
There's a bevy of action on the undercard with popular interim WBA Super Flyweight titlist Jorge Arce, 50-4-1 (38), meeting former WBO Flyweight Champ Isidro Garcia, 25-5-2 (8), and a rematch between light middleweights Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, 37-0-1 (29), and Matt Vanda, 39-7 (22).
Undefeated light middleweight Vanes Martirosyan, 21-0 (13), faces Charles Howe, 17-4-2 (9), and Lamont Peterson, 25-0 (12), squares off with Lanardo Tyner, 19-1 (11), for the interim NABF Light Welter crown.
WBO Super Flyweight kingpin Fernando Montiel, 37-2-1 (28), led the way on a good bill from Plaza De Toros in San Luis Potosi with a third round put-out of Jalisco slugger Luis Maldonado, 37-3-1 (28).
The skills of Montiel, who has only ever lost in world title fights, proved more than Maldonado, who has also only ever come up short in world title fights, could handle but it was the unheralded power of the Los Mochis based champion that proved to be the deciding factor in the bout.
Ex-WBC Lightweight Champion Cesar Bazan, 47-10-1 (30), returned from two losses and got back on the horse by picking up a ten round decision over novice Juan Jesus Rivera, 3-1 (1).
The sons of former world champions were also in action as super middle southpaw Hector Camacho Jr, 46-3-1 (26), stayed busy with a one round KO of overmatched Roel Salinas, 4-4 (1), while light welter prospect Jorge Paez Jr, 20-1 (12), had a no-contest with Francisco Villanueva, 4-16-1 (2).