Venezuela’s Linares used his legs at the onset of the second, along with quick jabs and went to the body as Velazquez inched forward, trying to close the gap to land his own shots. Velazquez nailed his foe with a couple of overhand rights to the head late in the round.
Both men did solid work to the body in the following round.
Despite getting nailed often in the fourth, Velazquez kept coming forward, missing with wider shots as the round went on. Linares looked sharp with combinations and quickly tied up to his opponent to avoid the Mexican’s charges.
Linares’ right hand became more pronounced midway into the fight, landing often against the game Mexican.
The crowd got into it late in the fifth round as Linares landed a series of shots. Velazquez told him, “Doesn’t hurt,” waved him on and went on to land a series of shots of his own to close the round.
Linares’ frail skin finally gave in the sixth as Velazquez opened a cut alongside his left eye.
Linares stood his ground, choosing to fight on at ring center for most of the round, landing uppercuts and one-two combinations.
The plan continued for Linares in the next couple of rounds - throwing flashy combinations, tying up and moving away, quickly using his legs while counterpunching and resetting.
Linares, who had strayed low a couple of rounds back, was given a hard warning by referee Dan Stell as he landed a clear low blow against his opponent early in the ninth round. The Venezuelan went on to impose his will for the rest of the frame.
The Venezuelan was nailed while turning away in the final round, so Stell took a point off for the infraction against the Mexican to the crowd’s displeasure.
The fight went the 10-round distance with the scores reading 100-89, 98-91 and 97-91, all in favor of Linares.
A modern rarity in the welterweight ranks, Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai, 21-0-1 (18), took on Mexico’s Jorge Silva 19-2-2 (15).
The fight got heated right away and neither fighter was messing around. Both men traded hard shots with the Mexican staggering his opponent with an uppercut during an exchange. The Mexican won the crowd quickly by playing to them, throwing flashy shots and digging to the body at the end of the round. Kamegai kept coming forward trying to match his foe, punch for punch.
Spirited exchanges took place in the second round with the Tijuana fighter landing the flashier shots both on the inside and at a distance. Kamegai was bleeding from the nose at the end of the round.
Kamegai came back well in the third, working the body, pressuring and driving Silva against the ropes often. Silva backpedaled and was forced to work off the counter.
The Nippon fighter began to separate himself in the fourth and fifth, landing the harder shots and working well on the inside. Silva began looking a bit tired and more flat-footed as the rounds wore on. Silva did land some overhand rights toward the end of the round, showing he still had fight left in him.
Silva was warned for repeated low blows at the start of the following round. Kamegai slowed down his opponent, working the body hard and the Mexican finally held on before returning the favor with a wicked left cross and right hand to the head. Nearly out on his feet, Kamegai held on until the bell and wobbled back to his corner.
Silva played with getting a point deducted as he strayed low in the seventh as he went all-out trying to close the show. Kamegai showed he could handle the pressure, looking recovered from the previous round’s damage by the end of the stanza.
Kamegai put in some solid work in the eighth and ninth, forcing the 20-year-old Mexican backward while working the body, as Silva tried to come back by trading shots.
Both fighters landed hard left hooks upstairs late in the ninth stanza and the fight was extremely close going into the final round.
Both men traded bombs in the 10th and final round, leaving the crowd on its feet as the fight went to the bell. Scores were 95-95 (twice) and 96-94 for the majority draw.
Hernandez Stops Porpramook in Six, Takes Back WBC Light Flyweight Title in Rematch
Toluca, Mexico- The rematch between former WBC light flyweight champion Toluca, Mexico’s Adrian “El Confesor” Hernandez, 25-2-1 (16), and Thailand’s own Kompayak Porpramook (the reigning champion who took the title in December of last year) featured explosive exchanges, drama and the Mexican winning the fight to once more capture the green belt in Saturday night’s TV Azteca main event at El Centro de Convenciones.
In front of a packed house, the shorter Porpramook, 46-4 (31), began landing early with hard, overhand rights and lefts which crashed against the Mexican’s head. Hernandez dug in with body shots and landed several uppercuts late in the round.
Hernandez began the second counterpunching with referee Hector Afu warning both men for landing low blows midway into the round. A more determined Hernandez used his reach properly, landing thudding lefts to the body, jabs and head shots in the third which often stopped the stout Thai fighter in his tracks.
A series of body shots, uppercuts and a hard right by Hernandez staggered Porpramook badly and a hard body shot during an exchange sent the Thai to the ground. Though Porpramook seemed able to continue, the fight went on too long as the official failed to step in after the bell rang, allowing Hernandez to land several more hard shots to the head before the fighters were finally separated.
Hernandez suffered a small cut due to an accidental headbutt at the onset of the fourth. Having used the prolonged rest as Hernandez was being tended to by the ringside doctor, Porpramook came back hard. Both men engaged in a firefight on the inside, trading body shots and going punch for punch, but the Mexican seemed to take the edge on the strength of right hands which found a home on the champion.
Hernandez came out for the fifth sporting a swollen left eye and a bad cut on the bridge of his nose. Porpramook went to the body and Hernandez returned the favor, coupled with clean uppercuts which kept driving the Thai fighter backward for most of the round. The fight went to the ropes once more and repeated right hands from Hernandez kept driving the very game and hardened Thai against the ropes.
Hernandez scored big once again at the start of the sixth. A right hand upstairs, right-hand uppercuts and a series of body shots drove the Thai against the ropes with a straight right to the face sending Porpramook to the canvas.
As Porpramook staggered to get up, Afu chose to stop the fight as the proud fighter insisted he could continue. However, the referee signaled the end of the battle with Hernandez and the whole arena erupting in cheers for the new, two-time champion.
Featherweight Josue Veraza, 13-3-1 (11), stopped Arturo Zamora, 11-7 (3), in the third round of a scheduled six-round tilt.
Veraza took the first round on the strength of short, hard shots which kept Zamora pinned against the ropes late in the round.
A right cross to the face dropped Zamora early in the second frame. Gamely, Zamora chose to stand his ground and stayed in the pocket, throwing uppercuts and shots to the head while the visibly stronger Veraza once more took his opponent against the ropes. Though Veraza pounded away with the harder shots, inexplicably, he backed off, letting Zamora off the hook.
Once more, a barrage of shots took Zamora against a neutral corner with a one-two to the jaw sending him to the ground. The fight was stopped at 46 seconds into the third round.
In a women’s super bantamweight bout, Brenda Olvera, 1-1 (1), went four rounds against Jessica Gonzalez, 3-0, choosing to display a more refined style of boxing instead of the usual all-out war women’s boxing is accustomed to. Gonzalez went to the body well while the shorter Olvera threw the quicker, straighter shots during the fight.
The scores came back reading 39-37 on all cards for Gonzalez, who pressed the issue and went for the harder shots throughout the bout.
In another four-round women’s bout, strawweights Lorena Mendoza and Itzel Barrera had to fight a three-minute first round due to the ineptitude of the timekeeper. However, they put on a spirited round with the taller Mendoza falling short with her longer reach as Barrera kept it tight and went to the body with follow-up right hooks to the head.
The fight was even in the second and third with both combatants trading in the fourth and final round.
Oddly enough, no scores were given with Mendoza declared the winner by the ring announcer.
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