by Cliff Rold
25-year old WBC Women’s Super Flyweight Champion Zulina Munoz (38-1, 25 KO) made the third defense of her title against the valiant but badly outgunned Soledad Macedo (11-9-1, 4 KO) at the Domo De La Feria in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, on Saturday night. It was Macedo’s fourth loss in five starts, leaving one to wonder how she qualified for a title shot.
Both women came in a pound under the division limit at 114 lbs.
Munoz warmed to her task with an efficient first round and stepped it up in the second. A left hook rocked Macedo back on her heels, followed moments later by a right hand off the top of her head that sent her to the seat of her trunks. The referee dished out the mandatory eight count and Macedo raised her gloves to continue. Munoz resumed control, blasting Macedo with clean rights and lefts in the final minute, but was unable to score a second knockdown.
That wouldn’t happen again until round four, and with mustard. After a game effort in round three, Macedo was continuing to plug forward, wailing away in hopes of landing something to change her fortunes. Instead, Munoz landed a vicious right uppercut. A delayed reaction ensued, the tremor of the shot running through the nervous system of Macedo before she collapsed to the floor flat on her back.
Macedo was up at the count of eight and, as she had in the second raised her hands to continue. Munoz obliged her, instantly leaping forward with a barrage and forcing Macedo’s corner to throw in the towel to save their overmatch charge.
In the televised men’s opener, 22-year old Middleweight hopeful Bruno Sandoval (14-0, 12 KO), 158 ½, of Mexico City, Mexico, went the distance for only the second time and went a full twelve rounds for the first, scoring a unanimous decision over 32-year old Rafael Sosa Pintos (42-8, 17 KO), 158 ½, of Salto, Uruguay by scores of 120-109, 119-109, and 118-110. Sandoval’s previous longest contest was a six round unanimous decision win in his fourth pro start. Sandoval retains a minor WBC belt.
The card was televised in the U.S. on Fox Deportes, promoted by Canelo 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]