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Azad Championship Report: Romero Defeats Lopez

(Photo © German Villasenor)
(Photo © German Villasenor)

By German Villasenor at ringside

Tijuana, Mexico - Colombian super bantamweight Jonathan Romero, 23-0 (12), came into hostile territory, namely the Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana, to challenge local Alejandro Lopez, 24-3 (7), for the vacant IBF 122-pound crown.
After 12 fast-paced rounds, the Colombian did more than enough to win via split decision despite losing a point for repeated infractions in Saturday night’s Zanfer Promotions main event (televised through TV Azteca and Azteca America in the States).
Romero simply was the busier of the two fighters, moving and letting his hands go constantly thus putting the Mexican behind the eight ball early in the fight.
Lopez was effective when he let his punches fly though they were too few and far between. For some reason, Lopez constantly went into counterpunching mode, although there was more countering and moving than actual punching which never detracted from his effectiveness.

Azad Championship Report
Azad Championship Report

Lopez suffered a small cut over his left eye midway into the fight due to an accidental headbutt, something which did not affect the fight.
Romero was rocked a couple of times midway and late in the fight but came back firing and getting back into the fray. Romero, who was warned on several occasions throughout the bout for rabbit punching and kidney shots, finally lost a point in the final round, though it did not change the outcome as the fight went to the cards.
Scorecards were 116-111 and 115-112 for Romero and 115-112 for Lopez.
In other results, skilled bantamweight Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr., 16-0-2 (11) (the son of the former WBC featherweight champion of the same name), impressed as he landed two left hooks, putting the first “0” on the ledger of Hanzel “Tornadito” Martinez, 19-1 (15), in the second round of a youth alphabet title bout.
2008 Olympian middleweight Matt Korobov, 19-0 (11), went through the motions through the early rounds against Arturo “El Caballo” Rodriguez, 12-13 (8), before stepping on the gas and taking out his opponent in the fifth round of a scheduled 10.
Venezuelan middleweight Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui, 17-0 (13), defeated a very tough, game (but seemingly too mechanical) Rogelio “Porky” Medina, 30-3 (24), via unanimous decision at the end of 10 via scores of 96-93 and 97-92 (twice).
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