African champion loses in BA
Diego Chaves stopped WBA interim welterweight champion Ismael El-Massoudi in the second round in Buenos Aires on Saturday night.
It was the fourth defeat in 40 bouts for El-Massoudi, a Frenchman of Moroccan origin. He is the African welterweight champion.
The unbeaten Argentinian floored El-Massoudi twice in the second round before the referee stopped the bout.
The 26-year-old Chaves is nicknamed La Joya (”The Jewel”). He remains unbeaten in 21 fights, having stopped 17 of his opponents.
El-Massoudi, 34, had won the interim title in July last year when he beat Souleymane Mbaye in the 12th round in Marrakech.
In Laughlin, Nevada, Juan Carlos Burgos stopped previously undefeated Cesar Vazquez in the third round of a junior lightweight bout to take his record to 30-1, with 20 knockouts.
Burgos is rated No 2 by the WBO. Vazquez now stands at 25-1; 16.
Welterweight Aron Martinez moved to 18-1-1; 4 when he beat Prenice Brewer (16-3-1; 6) by split decision over eight rounds – 77-75 on two cards against 77-75 for Brewer on the third.
In Chantaburi, Thailand, another fighter lost his unbeaten record when light-welterweight Patomsuk Pathompothong (19-1-1; 12) stopped Jeffrey Arienza (8-1-1; 4) or the Philippines in the seventh round.
Featherweight Vacharakrit Senahan (24-4-1; 12) stopped another Filipino, Randy Megrino (12-11-2; 7) in the third round.
Johnriel Casimero has been installed as IBF junior flyweight champion because Ulises Solis was unable to defend his belt title by October 30.
Solis was granted a medical extension after his jaw was broken, allegedly in an altercation with Saul Alvarez, last December. It seems he will need more surgery.