Advertisement
Advertisement

Nunez, Kameda KO Foes; Tamara-Jimenez Ends in Draw

By Jake Donovan

Flyweight contender Ricardo Nunez moved one step closer towards a title shot with a seventh round stoppage of Oscar Blanquet in their 12-round main event Saturday evening in Cozumel, Mexico.

The bout was fought at a furious pace and not always within the rules, but Nunez – traveling from Panama to Blanquet’s home country in their sanctioned title eliminator – overcame a rocky start to outslug his considerably favored foe to score the biggest win of his young career.

Blanquet jumped out to an early lead, eager to extend the 12-fight knockout streak he enjoyed entering the contest. Nunez was rocked and roughed up in the opening round, but managed to avoid an official knockdown despite being sent to the canvas by an overly aggressive Blanquet.

The sequence was a telling moment in the fight, as Nunez refused to be intimidated by the Mexican. Blanquet resorted to every trick in the book to get inside the head of his 23-year old challenger, but eventually found himself behind the eight ball.

Nunez permanently turned the tide in his favor with a flurry of punches early in the seventh. The sequence was disrupted by the last of the many fouls that occurred in the bout, but Nunez would have the final say on the night. A series of power shots left Blanquet battered and bloodied, with a cut opened up just outside of his left eyelid. His faded state was enough to prompt the referee to jump in and halt the contest with less than a minute to go in the seventh round.

With the win, Nunez extends his win streak to seven straight as he improves to 22-2 (18KO).

A 17-fight win streak comes to an end for Blanquet, who suffers his first loss in more than three years as he falls to 29-4-1 (20KO)

TAMARA BEATS JIMENEZ, FORCED TO SETTLE FOR DRAW

Former junior flyweight titlist Carlos Tamara most likely won’t have fond memories of his first ever fight in Mexico. The traveling Colombian offered a terrific performance in a spirited 12-round bout with Jesus Jimenez, only to be left with a controversial split decision draw for his troubles in their Televisa-televised co-feature.

Scores were 116-112 Tamara, 115-113 Jimenez and 114-114 even.

Jimenez jumped out to a strong start, but momentum swayed back and forth throughout the briskly paced affair. Tamara overcame a rough opening round to land several telling blows over the course of the contest and appeared to dominate the Mexican down the stretch.

However, dominating a fighter in his home country and knocking him out are two different matters altogether, a lesson learned by Tamara once the scorecards were read.

Tamara is now 22-6-1 (16KO), with his just one official win in his four fights following his major upset of Brian Viloria last January. Jimenez is now 33-7-1 (24KO).
The bout was part of a four-man flyweight elimination series and was deliberately paired with the evening’s main event to build momentum for a head-on collision between winners. The last man standing in the series will face Moruti Mthalane, although a do-over of the co-feature is apparently necessary in order to advance the tournament beyond the ground level.

Both bouts aired live on Televisa and also via AT&T U-Verse stream.

OFF-TV RESULTS (by Miguel Rivera)

Former world champion Daiki Kameda had a successful debut in Mexico when he knocked out Raul Hidalgo in the first round. With the victory, Kameda captures the vacant WBA international super flyweight title.

Kameda (22-2, 14 KOs) and Mexico's Hidalgo (13-4, 10 KOs) were trading punches early on, and it was a big mistake for the Mexican boxer. Two big shots to the liver made Hidalgo take a knee in pain. Referee Manolo Alcocer counted him out at 2:20 of round one.

Kameda plans to fight again on a December date in his native Japan.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected] .
Tags: Daiki Kameda image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Deontay Wilder Possibility Helped Draw Joshua To Showtime Broner: I Showed More In Maidana Loss Than In My Wins Khan: Look at Kell Brook's Last 10 Foes, Is It Worth Fighting Him? Jason Quigley: For Me - It's Live Fast and Die a Legend Hearn: I Made Derry Mathews Offer For Dodd on Bellew-Makabu Pulev vs. Chisora Provides Heavyweight Punch To AWE Doubleheader Canelo: While I'm at 155-Pounds, I'm Not Facing Anyone at 160 Hamed Backs Carl Frampton To Overcome Leo Santa Cruz British Boxing Update: Nick Blackwell, Ryan Fields, Welborn Hatton Warns Khan: Canelo Puts on Huge Amount of Weight Ismael Barroso - Never Too Late to Arrive Video: Hopkins Sounds Off on State of Boxing, Mayweather, More Video: Canelo Slams Gennady Golovkin, Talks Khan Clash De La Hoya: To Those Who Know Boxing - Khan is HUGE Favorite Video: Bernard Hopkins Details The Need For Golovkin vs. Kovalev Amir Khan Will Not Rule Out Fighting Gennady Golovkin Next WBC President Outlines Canelo/Golovkin/Khan Title Resolution De La Hoya on Khan: I'm Actually Nervous For Canelo Video: Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference De La Hoya: I Won't Vote Trump, He Cheated Me in Golf Video: Bernard Hopkins Tells Golovkin To Follow His Lead Jose Benavidez-Francisco Santana in Play For Crawford-Postol Khan: If Trump Wins, Might Be Last Fight For Me, Canelo at MGM Photos: Canelo, Khan Face To Face at Final Presser Breazeale Warns Joshua: Prepare For War, I'll Be Guns Blazing Broner Describes Troubles Making Weight For Theophane Fight Canelo To Golovkin: Earn Your Shot, Work Your Way Up! Joshua: “Showtime is three or four years ahead of the game” Hopkins: No Excuses, Golovkin Should Fight Kovalev! Joshua To Breazeale: Back Up Talk, Don't Be Like Other Americans Adrien Broner Voting for Trump: He’ll Lower My Taxes Hughie Fury Set To Return on Fury-Klitschko Rematch Bill, July 9 Video: Anthony Joshua Pumped For Breazeale Title Defense Video: Breazeale Confident Anthony Joshua is Going To Sleep Video: Joshua, Breazeale Go Face To Face and Trade Words Video: Joshua, Breazeale, SHO Press Conference Highlights Khan: I Won't Run For 12, I Will Stand and Trade With Canelo TMT Adds Gavril, Rakhmanov To ShoBox Card on May 13th Photos: Anthony Johsua, Dominic Breazeale Tense Face To Face Amir Khan: I Think It's Great To Be The Underdog
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement