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Rubio leads carnival of knockouts

Marco Antonio Rubio is one knockout away from his half century as a professional boxer.

The Mexican veteran had to wait until the 11th round but he knocked out Michel Rosales in Morelia, Mexico, on Saturday night to retain his WBF super-middleweight belt.

Rubio improved his record to 56-6-1, including 49 knockouts. Rosales dropped to 32-6; 26.

Another Mexican with an impressive knockout record, Humberto Gutierrez, recorded his 21st in 35 bouts when he beat Jose Luis Vazquez in the fifth round of a welterweight bout in Tijuana.

The former WBC interim super-featherweight champion was up against a novice who now has a record of 3-3; 3. Gutierrez improved to 29-4-2; 21.

And In Baja California, Mexico, Antonio Lozado Jr won the interim Word Boxing Federation light-welterweight title when he knockout out David Cavita (7-1-2; 6) in the third round.

In Caguas, also in Mexico, lightweight Abner Cotto took a short cut when he stopped Sergio Perez in the seventh round to take his record to 16-0, with 7 knockouts.

Perez dropped to 27-14; 18 after being knocked down in the first round.

Bantamweight Cesar Seda Jr moved to 24-1; 17 when he dropped Lorenzo Trejo (31-26-1; 18) three times in the first round before finishing the job in the second.

In Cologne, heavyweight Manuel Charr (22-1; 12) beat Konstantin Airich (24-9-2; 18) in 44 seconds of the first round. Charr won the vacant WBC Baltic and WBC Mediterranean titles.

On the same card, 39-year-old Danny Williams dropped to 44-15; 33 when he lost on points over eight rounds to Germany’s Werner Kreiskott (13-19-1; 8).


Hollywood: Cleotis Pendarvis, the IBF and USBA junior welterweight champion stopped Michael Clark in the fifth round, improving to 16-3-2; 6. The challenger dropped to 43-8-1; 18.

Kobe, Japan: Former WBC bantamweight and featherweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa improved to 31-4; 13 when he won on points against Mexican Arturo Santos in a featherweight bout.

Santos dropped to 12-3; 4 after being beaten 98-93, 98-94 and 97-95.

Filipino southpaw Malcolm Tunacao stopped Christian Esquivel in the seventh round of a WBC bantamweight eliminator. Ranked No 1 by the WBC, Tunacao moved his record to 32-2-3, including 19 knockouts. Esquivel now stands at 25-4; 18.

Tokyo: Another Filipino, Rocky Fuentes, retained his OPBF flyweight title when he beat Yuki Nasu of Japan on points – 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111.

Fuentes now boasts a record of 32-6-2; 19 after his sixth defence. Nasu dropped to 23-7; 16.

Catamarca, Argentina: Martion Antonio Coggi (27-5-3; 14) knocked out Mariano Abel Robledo in the first round of a welterweight bout.


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