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Navarrete Stops De Vaca in 3: Retains WBO 122 Title
WBO super bantamweight champion Emmanuel Navarrete (28-1, 24 KOs) of Mexico City scored an impressive third round stoppage over Francisco De Vaca (20-1, 6 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona by way of Michoacan, Mexico in successfully defending his title on the Top Rank on ESPN main event from the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Navarrete came out landing big punches in the opening round snapping De Vaca's head back a few times, De Vaca answered with some solid counters as the things began to warm up. In round two, Navarrete landed a three punch combination dropping De Vaca. The third round saw Navarrete go for the stoppage as he came out attacking De Vaca and bloodying him, credit to the challenger he kept fighting back but the champs attack was too much as referee Raul Caiz Sr. stepped in to stop the fight at 1:54.
Former world champion Jessie Magdaleno (27-1, 18 KOs) of Las Vegas won a ninth round technical decision over former world title challenger Rafael Rivera (27-4-2, 18 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico as they squared off in the co-feature bout. Coming out strong and ripping away Magdaleno connected Rivera with a right hook as Rivera appeared to have a mouse underneath his left eye. Magdaleno was firing away in round two as he backed Rivera. In round three, Magdaleno showed more elusiveness as Rivera began to get busy and was on the attack. The Tijuana fighter began to apply more pressure in the fourth as he had Magdaleno backing away and slipping. However in the fifth, Rivera hit Magdaleno behind the head in between a break. Trickling blood on the nose Magdaleno and Rivera were fighting at close range.
Past the halfway point in the sixth, Rivera fired the lead right fighting the southpaw Magdaleno as he was fighting off his back foot. The former world champion caught Rivera with a hard left that staggered him Magdaleno followed up with a series of punches but Rivera held on and was saved by the bell. Despite being hit hard in the previous round, Rivera chased Magdaleno as the Las Vegas fighter countered and worked off the jab. A left hook by Magdaleno dropped Rivera in the ninth round as he got up quickly. Magdaleno's face was touched up which kept Rivera coming forward as the fight wore late. In closing the ninth round Magdaleno suffered a cut on his right eye as the fight was stopped due to the cut after Rivera elbowed Magdaleno the referee stopped the fight at 2:55.
After completing nine rounds the judges scored the bout 89-81, 89-81, and 88-82,
Undefeated local super lightweight Arnold Barboza (22-0, 9 KOs) of South El Monte stopped Japan’s always tough Ricky Sismundo (35-15-3, 17 KOs). Barboza did his thing hammering away on Sismundo dropping him in the third. Continuing to attack Barboza cornered Sismundo in the fourth. However after four rounds Sismundo did not come out of his corner as the referee stopped the fight.
Middleweight Janibek Alimkhanuly (7-0, 3 KOs) from Russia stopped Stuart McClellan (27-4-3, 11 KOs) of Canada in the fifth round. Alimkhanuly dropped McCllelan late in the fifth round and then followed up with a brutal attack as the referee stepped in to stop the fight at 2:51 of the fifth.
South African welterweight Chris Van Heerden (28-2-1, 12 KOs) won a hard fought unanimous decision over Aslanbek Kozaev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) of Russia. Van Heerden was slick early on boxing away and frustrating Kozaev as the Russian missed punches wildly. Fighting from the southpaw stance Van Heerden kept his distance as Kozaev was the aggressor.
Past the halfway point, it began to be a blood bath in the fifth as both Kozaev and Van Heerden were cut and bleeding from their faces, Kozaev began to land hard punches backing the cut South African. In the sixth Van Heerden was on the run keeping his distance firing away combinations as Kozaev began to close the gap. Staying busy in the seventh, Van Heerden let his hands go ripping Kozaev with a body shot as the Russian began to slow down and fade away. The eight and final round saw Van Heerden have some fun as he shuffled his feet, fading away but still in it Kozaev looked to land one last lucky punch but the South African was too flashy working his way to a decision victory.
Scores were 79-73, 79-73, 78-74.
2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina (20-2, 8 KOs) of nearby Norwalk, California won a hard fought unanimous decision over Manuel Mendez (16-6-3, 11 KOs) of Oregon. Molina kept his distance and fought smart against the aggressive Mendez in the early rounds. Mendez began to close to gap in the fourth but Molina continued to fight off the jab. Past the halfway point in the sixth, Molina began to fight aggressively ripping away to Martinez's body stopping his momentum in the process. The 2008 Olympian got stronger as the fight went on boxing away skillfully in the later rounds as Martinez had no answer for Molina. Finishing strong, Molina continued to box and have his way working his way to a hard fought decision, credit to Mendez for making Molina earn the victory. The judges scored the 79-73, 79-73 and 78-74.
In the opening bout from the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Russian lightweight Dmitry Yun (2-0) won a unanimous decision over Javier Martinez (5-7, 3 KOs). Martinez scored a knockdown in the opening seconds as Yun was up on his feet quickly. Referee Jack Reiss deducted a point from Martinez in the third as Martinez continued spitting out his mouthpiece. Shortly after Martinez sent Yun to the canvas a second time. Martinez keep fighting on as he made things complicated for Yun. Sensing the urgency Yun pressed hard in the final round.
Scores were 57-54, 57-54, and 56-54 in favor of Yun.