By Jake Donovan
Edgar Puerta probably isn't ready for a title shot, but he currently possesses the necessary bargaining chip if and when he decides to go that route.
The streaking super featherweight contender continued his winning ways, stopping a determined Abraham Rodriguez in eight rounds Saturday evening at Deportivo del Sindicato del Metro in Mexico City, Mexico.
Action rarely drifted from a phone booth's distance for much of the night, which seemed to discourage Puerta at times. Rodriguez was effective early on in smothering the punches of his heavily favored opponent, the best laid strategy given his considerable height and reach (if not talent) disadvantage.
Puerta eventually made the necessary adjustments, at which point the fight became an entertaining showcase for the 30-year old Sinaloa native. Round after round, Puerta began breaking down his foe. Rodriguez was game for the cause, though it eventually proved to be the journeyman's undoing.
By round eight, Puerta was landing at will. The turn of events was not lost on referee Lupe Garcia, whose rescuing of Rodriguez at round's end caused initial confusion. The third man stepped in just as the bell rang to end round eight. Rodriguez sat on his stool receiving instructions from his corner as if there was going to be a 9th round, while Puerta and his cornermen were already celebrating.
In the end, Puerta's people had it right, as the fight was stopped at 2:59 of round eight.
Puerta improves to 21-4-1 (19KO) with his 10th straight win, all but one of which have come inside the distance.
Rodriguez falls to 24-14-4 (13KO), having now dropped four of his last five.
The frivilous belt at stake is merely a placeholder for Puerta. The silver title claim indicates his mandatory status for a 130 lb. belt. His title shot could come against countryman Gamaliel Diaz, who won the belt in a major upset over Takahiro Aoh last October.
In the evening's televised co-feature, Irma Garcia (10-0-1, 1KO) scored an upset with a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Janeth Perez (17-1-2, 4KOs) to capture the WBA female bantamweight championship.
The scores were 96-94 twice, and 97-93. As part of the fight contract, Canelo Promotions have two future options on Garcia and she also has to provide Perez with a rematch.
Both bouts aired live on Televisa as part of the network's "Sabados de Corona" series.
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