Guevara, Centeno, Ivan Morales Win in Quintana Roo

by Cliff Rold

24-year old Jr. Flyweight Pedro Guevara (20-1-1, 13 KO) of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, scored a wide unanimous decision over 24-year old former IBF Minimumweight titlist Mario Rodriguez (15-8-4, 11 KO) of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, on Saturday night at the Doma de la Colosio in Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. 

Guevara came into the fight spot on the division limit at 108 lbs.  Rodriguez came in a hair under at 107 ¼.  The referee was Curtis Trasher.

For the second fight in a row, Guevara got the better of a former Strawweight titlist.  It went a little smoother this time around than was the case in a March split decision over Raul Garcia.  Despite a cut over his left eye late in the affair, Guevara used a firm jab and a four-inch height advantage to soundly outbox the aggressive but outmatched 5’2 Rodriguez.  Final scores showed the futility of Rodriguez’s efforts at 120-108, 119-110, and 118-110. 

Guevara’s lone loss was a competitive split decision in an opportunity for the IBF belt at 108 lbs. last year versus John Riel Casimero.  Guevara retains the WBC’s “Silver” belt, which might lead to an eventual rematch with Casimero.

For Rodriguez, one of the better Cinderella stories of 2012 has seen the slipper break.  In a shocker, Rodriguez shock previously unbeaten Nkosinathi Joyi with a seventh round knockout to capture the IBF belt at 105 lbs. 

The Californian Hugo "The Boss" Centeno raised his record to 19-0 when he demolished Isaac "Black Rooster" Mendez in the first minute of round one.

23-year old former Bantamweight title challenger Alejandro Guevara (18-1, 6 KO), 118, of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, made it two in a row since his first career defeat, surviving a knockdown in the final round to secure a unanimous decision win over 23-year old Jonathan Vidal (17-1, 9 KO), 118 ½, of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Final scores favored Guevara at 97-92 twice and a narrow 95-94.  Guevara made an impression in 2012 in a challenge of then-IBF Bantamweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz in a fight notably broadcast on US network television. 

In the televised opener, the younger brother of Erik Morales kept his unbeaten streak going.  21-year old Jr. Bantamweight Ivan Morales (22-0, 13 KO), 114 ¾, of Tijuana, Mexico, went ten rounds for only the second time en route to a unanimous decision verdict versus 25-year old Alejandro Morales (14-4, 7 KO), 116, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.  Final scores were deservedly wide at 98-93, 97-93, and 98-92.  

The card was televised in the U.S. on Fox Deportes, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene and a member of the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ßringer on 07-21-2013

Ivan Morales has to be one of the best kept secrets in boxing right now. I can't wait to see where this kid is at in another 4-5 years.

Comment by PETUFF on 07-21-2013


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