Last night in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, the seemingly forgotten Jorge Arce (59-6-2, 45 KO’s) became the first ever Mexican fighter to win titles in five different weight classes when he scored a unanimous twelve round decision over tough Indonesian Angky (Time Bomb) Angkotta (25-5, 14 KO’s) and winning the vacant WBO bantamweight title.
Arce had given up his own WBO junior featherweight title for the chance to move up in weight and claim the vacant WBO bantamweight title.
‘Time Bomb’ is definitely the right nickname for Angkotta, as he hurt Arce in round eight, forcing Arce to clinch and hold for the next round before regaining himself to claim the easily viewed victory.
In Mexico City, Mexico, Puerto Rico’s Kermit Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KO’s) could last just five rounds against Mexico’s Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KO’s) losing by TKO and allowing Alvarez to keep his WBC light middleweight crown.
The Oscar de la Hoya influence once again raised it’s ugly head as the obviously over-confident Alvarez deemed himself ready for Floyd ‘Maynever’, Jr.
Alvarez has plenty of obstacles in front of him before earning a ring date with Floyd, as Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito all have ‘Maynever’, Jr. on their ‘Christmas Wish List’ as well as hundreds of others.
Quintana Roo, Mexico, had Jose Luis Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KO’s) getting the TKO win in round two over Sammy Ventura (26-22, 20 KO’s) in a welterweight battle.
That undercard featured light welterweight Humberto Soto (56-7-2, 34 KO’s) take four rounds to KO Adailton De Jesus (29-7, 23 KO’s) and then procalim he wants/deserves a shot at either Amir ‘Con’ or Marcos Rene Maidana which is not unreasonable but will never happen, as neither would entertain a tangle with Soto.
Cincinnati, Ohio, had one of the most predictable fight cards in recent memory as former U.S. Olympians (heavyweight) Deontay Wilder (20-0, 20 KO’s) and (Super featherweight) Gary Russell, Jr. (19-0, 11 KO’s) scored easy first round KO wins.
Both Wilder and Russell, Jr. are highly thought of future stars for U.S. boxing enthusiasts.
That main event featured Adrien Broner (22-KO’s) showcasing his skills against Argentina’s Vicente Martin Rodriguez (34-3-1, 19 KO’s) winning by third round KO and earning the WBO Super featherweight title.
Stephen Johnson writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com