By Jake Donovan
Omar Chavez picked up his most notable win to date after scoring a unanimous decision over Canada's Joachim Alcine in their 10-round main event Saturday evening in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Scores were 98-92, 98-91 and 98-89 for Chavez in their super welterweight bout.
Chavez was in control for most of the contest, though it was clear that his power didn't follow him up the scales. Still, the 23-year old had enough in his arsenal to cruise past the decline Alcine, 37 and now having dropped four straight.
A knockdown in the 10th and final round served as window dressing for an already dominant performance for Chavez. Still, the sequence seemed to wake up Alcine, going for broke as if he suddenly realized he had nothing to lose.
Chavez picks up his third straight win as he improves to 31-2 (22KO). The lone two losses of his career came against countryman and fellow second generation boxer Jorge Paez Jr., dropping a pair of decisions in a span of seven months.
Alcine falls to 33-6-1 (19KO), clearly having seen better days as he approaches middle age.
The main event aired live on TV Azteca in Mexico and on UniMas in the United States. The rest of the televised undercard aired live on TV Azteca on both sides of the border.
Raul Hirales picked up his fourth straight win without breaking a sweat, dispatching Frankie Leal in eight rounds.
The local favorite scored two knockdowns, flooring Leal hard in round five and then putting him away for good just inside the bell to end round eight. Leal tried desperately to gather his composure and make it to his feet, but was still loopy minutes after fight's end as he was observed by ringside physicians while on his stool.
The official time was 2:59 of round eight.
Hirales suffered back-to-back losses in 2012, including a landslide decision at the hands of current super bantamweight contender Carl Frampton (who won big earlier Saturday). The win on Saturday gave the Mexican prospect his first knockout since July '07 as he improves to 20-2 (13KO).
Leal drops to 20-8-3 (13KO), and worse was carried out of the ring on a stretcher. It marks the second time in two years the journeyman was unable leave the ring on his own, as a similar scene played out in his 10th round knockout loss to Evgeny Gradovich last March.
Emanuel Lopez fended off a determined Adalberto Borquez to take an eight-round decision in the televised opener. Scores were 77-75 (twice) and an absurd 80-72.
Still, the right winner was chosen, as Lopez advances to 7-1 (0KO), bouncing back from the lone loss of his career which occurred four months ago.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox Tags: Omar Chavez