It was a night of furious fisticuffs at the Sindicato de Taxistas in Cancun, Mexico last night as reigning WBC Light Flyweight titlist Edgar Sosa went to grips with fiery Argentine challenger Luis Alberto Lazarte for a scheduled 12 round championship bout.
Sosa, fresh off a majority decision win over Brian Viloria in April to take the vacant WBC crown, had his hands full from the start with the challenger.
Lazarte came in riding a 17 bout win streak from a three year campaign in his homeland and at 36 years of age, could have seen this opportunity as his last chance at major world title glory.
The challenger went straight at Sosa and won the early rounds before beginning to slow down to a pace more suited to the champion.
It was a grinding next few frames as Sosa and Lazarte locked horns and engaged in a back and forth struggle that saw the home fighter narrowly ahead after nine rounds.
In the tenth, Lazarte attacked the body but was eventually disqualified for failing to heed referee Hector Abu's warnings that he was hitting Sosa with low blows.
Sosa, 28-5 (14), retains his belt for the first time while Lazarte, 37-8-1 (17), fails to win a major world title in his fourth try.
Also on the bill, ex-WBC Featherweight titlist Guty Espadas Jr, 40-7 (25), won a rematch in a real firefight with Moises Perez, 5-3 (4), after Perez couldn't continue in the eleventh due to cuts.