By James Blears
Plaza De Toros, Cancun, Mexico - WBC super feathreweight champion Takashi Miura (26-2-2, 19 KO’s) was in hostile territory but he still turned back the challenge of hard puncher Sergio "Yeyo" Thompson (31-3, 29 KO’s), with two knockdowns to win a twelve round unanimous decision. The scores were 113-112, 114-110 and 114-111. Mirua himself was down in the fight as well, when Thompson caught him in the eight.
The first was a feeling out round with both trading jabs. But in the second, during a furious exchange on the ropes, Yeyo went down hard from a big right from Miura, and he was under fire for most of the rest of the round, bravely rallying. In the third both traded bombs with a still hurt Yeyo going for the head while Takashi landed some sinking body shots. Yeyo was beginning to find a rhythm and recovered in the fourth. Both picked their shots and landed.
Behind on the announced scores after four, Yeyo was getting caught by right southpaw lead and responded with a booming right to make Takashi's nose bleed and got his jab and act together. In a torrid sixth, Yeyo attacked but was knocked down by a flurry which ended with a big left, but managed to get up for the second time in the fight and survived the round. In a quieter seventh, Takashi and Yeyo traded heavy jabs and combinations with the Japanese champion dominating.
A massive turn around in the eighth, as Yeyo decked Takashi with a huge right hook and had him in trouble for two minutes. Takashi fought back with venom to get caught again. Yeyo's right eye was badly swollen by this point.
A clash of heads in the ninth brought the doctor to look at Yeyo, who was landing some big rights to the head. In the tenth Takashi mounted attack after attack driving a very tired but brave Yeyo back and forcing him to try boxing and holding on for a breather. Brave Yeyo got a quick rest in the eleventh as a flapping bandage was retaped.
Yeyo mounted an early attack in the final round and landed a great right to the body but was tied up and mauled in clinches on the ropes, and was very tired. Takashi won a deserved unanimous decision, but Yeyo's courage and sheer grit made it a torrid trip to Cancun and a first defense that Miura will never forget.
Yesenia Gomez lost her WBC youth flyweight title to a busier and faster Arely Valiente by a split decision.
Arely kept up a steady stream of body shots to slow Yesenia. Yesina unleashed a furious attack in the third rocking back Arely with combinations to the head and it was toe to toe action again in the seventh.
But although she had success with left hook counters to the head, Yesenia was too static and was outworked. A rally in the tenth and final round was not enough to make up lost ground.
In a featherweight contest, Celina Salazar (5-1-2, 1 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Filipina Ana Julaton (12-4-1, 2 KOs).
Adan "Speedy" Mares extended his fledgling career to ten undefeated wins. Adan plastered his taller lightweight opponent Tomas Sierra with every shot in the book shot in the book, but particularly the overhead right and combinations to the body. Tomas who lacks the subtlety of his nickname Fantasma lost his cool and charged Adan to be clipped and countered, although he did get some of his looping rights in. Adan poured it on in the sixth and final round to have Tomas in trouble and almost doubled up, but he fought back to the bell. Adan clearly won a unanimous decision, but it was a rugged non stop action scrap.
Cesar Gandara (22-3, 9KOs) retained his flyweight FECARBOX title with an efficient, but lackluster boxing masterclass in the Plaza de Toros, Cancun. Opponent Raul "Baby" Koh (4-3-2, 2KOs) was competitive for the first four rounds, but then he started getting picked off with crisp left jabs and body shots, falling short with many of his jabs. Baby was wobbled with a big right uppercut in the sixth, but recovered well. Cesar constantly beat him to the punch, but no more power shots. Cesar got the unanimous ten round nod.