Alberto “Beto” Palmetta once again showed the power of his left fist on Saturday night. In his 10-round fight against experienced Mexican Jose Alan Herrera, the Argentine defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) International Welterweight title with a TKO in the second round.

The explosive international boxing gala was held at the Lanús Club in Buenos Aires under the production of Payne Boxing Series, with two WBA titles at stake.

Palmetta dominated the first round against Herrera, who fought going backwards. In the second round there was a greater exchange of blows, but a left cross by Palmetta left Herrera out of action. Thus, the Argentine Olympian successfully retained the regional black and gold belt in his first defense.

In the co-feature, a great fight left the ring effervescent and was the perfect prelude to the main event.

The local and double Olympian in London 2012 and 2016, Alberto el “Impacto” Melian, starred in a dramatic fight against Dominican Frency Fortunato Saya, who saw the good streak with which he arrived from the United States broken. In the first five rounds, everything seemed to indicate that the fight would end for Melian, who resisted powerful attacks from the undefeated Fortunato that sent him to the canvas several times.

However, the “Impact” knew how to wake up and made the Dominican suffer in the second half of the fight, when fatigue punished the visiting fighter, along with the fists. With emotion and adrenaline, Alberto Melian was crowned as the new WBA Inter-Continental Featherweight Champion in a great display of courage.

To complement the card, a week after succeeding in the International Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey, from where he returned with a gold medal, the promising Olympic prospect Mirco Cuello completed his fourth professional presentation with the same outcome as always: KO, this time at 52 seconds of the first round, caused by a left cross that quickly left his compatriot Héctor Gusman out of action.