By Andy Rivera: Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Jason Sanchez scored an upset win over Jean Carlos Rivera by 10 round unanimous decision Wednesday night to win the World Boxing Organization Youth featherweight title late in Panama City, Panama.
Rivera, from Puerto Rico, was considered the favorite over Sanchez and a sparkling 15-0 record, although Sanchez was unbeaten as well entering the fight, he had not had a significant win and fought mostly at home in Albuquerque on small cards.
The competitive fight was close with each having their successful moments. Rivera was strong early in the fight but it was Sanchez who came on strong in the latter part of the fight.
In the 10th round Sanchez cemented the win when he staggered Rivera and hurt him, although sending him to the canvas the referee issued a standing eight count to Rivera giving Sanchez an extra point advantage.
The official decision was 97-92 twice while the third had it 96-93.
In the past this reporter has been critical of local fighters padding their records against mediocre or lack thereof opponents in order to make it to the next level. If not signed with a big promoter then one would have to take a chance against someone on a bigger card. If you win or even have a great showing it opens doors for that fighter. Sanchez opened doors with his win and will get bigger fights now that he has shown he has the goods or was willing to try.