By Jake Donovan
Julian Rivera proved this past summer’s win over Edgar Jimenez was no fluke, adding enough dimensions to his game to take a convincing unanimous decision Friday evening in Polanco, Mexico.
Scores were 117-112 (twice) and 117-111 in their 12-round regional flyweight title fight.
Both fighters waged war early and never really let up. Rivera managed to gain the upper hand for longer stretches of time, as Jimenez peaked too early in the fight and failed to maintain pace down the stretch.
Pivotal moments came in the middle rounds. Jimenez went for broke, banging away to the body and forcing Rivera to fight on his heels. However, Rivera came right back every time and managed to inflict more pain on his countryman.
Jimenez remained determined throughout, but fell behind by the midway point and was never able to play catchup. Rivera slowly eased off the gas, still banging away when necessary but also wisely boxing to avoid getting caught with anything foolish.
There was never any shortage of action, even in the later rounds when it appeared that Rivera could afford to coast. The combatants traded away to the end, much to the delight of the packed crowd on hand.
Rivera advances to 13-6 (2KO) with the win, his third straight. The victory was far more convincing than his split decision nod over Jimenez just eleven weeks ago in Mexico City.
Jimenez stumbles to 15-8-1 (11KO). While game in defeat, the flyweight has now lost three straight.
In undercard action, super flyweight prospect David Carmona enjoyed a successful return to the ring after an inactive period of 15 months. A fourth-round knockout win over Ariel Gonzalez came with its scary moments, however. The final knockdown of the fight had Gonzalez flat on his back for several minutes before coming around.
Carmona nearly ended matters in the very first round. A straight right hand floored the lanky Gonzalez roughly 20 seconds into the contest. Conditioning became key; Carmona trained like a fighter looking for a one-punch knockout, while Gonzalez was able to claw his way back into the fight.
All of that changed dramatically in the fourth round, when Carmona scored two more knockdowns. The latter of the two instantly ended the fight, with the referee waving off the action as Gonzalez was still crashing to the canvas.
Immediate medical attention was administered, as Gonzalez was eventually able to make his way to his feet and ultimately left the ring under his own power.
For Carmona, it's a win for the first time since his last fight in June '11. His record improves to 12-1-3 (6KO), though there remains a lot of work ahead if he is to make any noise in the always-loaded 115 lb. division.
Gonzalez falls to 3-7-2 (1KO). The fight marked his second straight knockout loss.
Both bouts aired live on Boxeo Telemundo.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox