Alejandro Guerrero rallied late in his fight against Jose Angulo on Friday night.
The unbeaten lightweight prospect hurt Angulo in the seventh and eighth rounds, built on a surprisingly wide lead and won an eight-round majority decision in Hinckley, Minnesota. Judges Eli Staples (79-73) and Tim Taggart (78-74) scored their “ShoBox: The New Generation” encounter for Houston’s Guerrero by big margins.
Judge John Mariano scored their bout even (76-76).
The 22-year-old Guerrero moved his record to 12-0 (9 KOs). He also snapped the seven-fight winning streak of Ecuador’s Angulo (12-2, 5 KOs).
Fans weren’t permitted to attend the card Friday night as a precaution to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Guerrero’s four-punch combination backed up a fast-fading Angulo about 55 seconds into the eighth round. Guerrero wobbled Angulo with a left hook that landed with 35 seconds to go in the final round.
Angulo went to the canvas with 22 seconds remaining in the bout, but referee Mark Nelson ruled that Guerrero pushed him down.
A right by Guerrero caught Angulo as he moved away from Guerrero with 15 seconds to go in the seventh round. Hurt and tired, Angulo retreated, but Guerrero followed him to the other side of the ring and landed several rights before the round ended.
A chopping right hand by Guerrero rocked Angulo 1:10 into the sixth round. Angulo moved around to try to restore his senses and by about a minute later, he fired hard shots back at Guerrero.
Angulo landed a right-left combination to Guerrero’s body in the final minute of the fifth round.
Guerrero connected with a right hand that backed up Angulo early in the fourth round. Angulo landed several stiff jabs in the third round.
Guerrero began the second round by unloading a flurry of power punches on Angulo. He made Angulo retreat, yet he didn’t seem to hurt his taller, longer opponent.
A left hook by Guerrero snapped back Angulo’s head, though he fired back with a straight right hand that landed.
Angulo landed a low blow with just under 10 seconds to go in the opening round. That shot made Guerrero wince, hold the area around his cup and back up.
Nelson warned Angulo after the round was over, but he didn’t call for a break in the action.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.