At the Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA, Promociones Zanfer – Fernando Beltran and Top rank – Bob Arum Saturday night over ESPN presented WBC World Super Featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt, of Yucatan, MEX, defended his title stopping the former WBA Featherweight champion Jason “El Canito” Sosa, of Camden, NJ.
In the Main Event WBC World Super Featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt , 37-1 (33), #129 ľ, of Yucatan, MEX, made his sixth defense stopping the former WBA Featherweight champion No. 4 ranked Jason “El Canito” Sosa, 23-4-4 (16), #128 Ľ, of Camden, NJ, at 2:56 of the fourth round of a scheduled 12.
In the first round Sosa is the aggressor. He continued chasing Berchelt landed rights to the body. Sosa landed a left hook to the body of Berchelt hurting him. Berchelt came right back with both fighters exchanging punches to the end of the round.
In the second round Sosa continues chasing Berchelt when suddenly a combination left and right to the chin and downs goes Sosa. Referee Jack Reiss gave him the 8-count. Berchelt jumped on him landing a right and left to the chin and down went Sosa for a second time. Berchelt landed half a dozen unanswered punches before Sosa got him into a clinch. Sosa had Berchelt against the ropes with both exchanging punches. The referee Clancy finally warns Berchelt for a low punch.
In the third round Sosa goes after Berchelt. Sosa knows no quit. Sosa landed a solid right on the chin of Berchelt. Berchelt landed a combination just prior to the bell. Nice comeback by Sosa. In the fourth round Berchelt came out swinging wildly. He landed half a dozen punches cutting Sosa outside the left eye. Berchelt was landing a flurry of punches when Sosa’s corner stopped the fight.
The co-feature Super Lightweight 2008 Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina, 21-2 (9), #142, of Norwalk, CA, stopped Hiroki Okada, 19-2 (13), #140 ľ, of Tokyo, JAP, at 1:05 of the first round.
In the first round a right from Molina on the chin of Okada and down he goes. Seconds later upon rising Molina jumped on him and landing a flurry finished by a left hook on the chin and down went Okada for a second time and the referee Raul Caiz waved it off.
Super Lightweight Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo, 29-1 (19), #139 1/2, of Mexico and Oklahoma City, OK, stopped Rod “Lightning Rod” Salka, 24-6 (4), #140 1/2, of Bunola, PA, at 2:17 of the first round.
In the first round Salka at 36 faces combacking Saucedo after a year used a jab as Saucedo kept coming forward. Saucedo landed a left hook to the to the ribs and the right shoulder. Salka was on his knees in this mismatch then got up complaining there wasn’t a full count. Salka should be retired.
Lightweight Raymond “Danger” Muratalla, 9-0 (6), #135, Fontana, CA, stopped at 0:51 of round 5 Arnulfo Becerra, 7-3 (5), #133 ľ, Mission District, CA, in a scheduled 6.
In the first two rounds Muratalla pressed the fight landing well with jabs and combinations. Inside he landed left uppercuts to the chin of Becerra. In the third round Becerra landed a right and Muratalla came back with combinations. In the fourth round Muratalla hurt Becerra with a right over the top to the chin. A left hook to the body from Muratalla dropped Becerra just prior to the bell. Half a minute later a combination from Muratalla to the chin dropped Becerra causing the referee to wave off the fight.
Middleweight 2016 Olympian Daniel “Drop Bombs” Lewis, 5-0 (3), #155 1/2, of Sydney, Australia, making his USA debut defeated Alexis Gaytan, 6-5 (2), #157, of Weslaco, TX, over 8 rounds.
In the first round Lewis kept coming forward with overhand rights to the chin of Gaytan. Gaytan the taller of the two used his jab but Lewis the stronger of the two landed rights to the body and chin. In the second round Lewis landed a double right to the chin of Gaytan seconds into the round. Lewis landed four punches to the chin before Gaytan countered with a right to the chin.
In the third round with Gaytan against the ropes Lewis landed a left hook to the body hurting Gaytan. Gaytan off the ropes landed a solid right to the chin of Lewis. Lewis kept landing to the body as Gaytan ended up the round with a left to the chin. In the fourth round things were fairly even until the final twenty seconds when Gaytan hurt Lewis with a right on the chin.
In the fifth and sixth round’s Lewis seemed to have a slight edge. In the seventh round Lewis kept outlanding Gaytan. In the eighth and final round Lewis trying for the knockout but it wasn’t happening. Both fighters exchanged rights to the chin seemed to take the fight but nothing special.
Scores were 80-72 twice and 79-73 with this writer the same 79-73. Thomas Taylor was the referee.