By Francisco Salazar
Fringe lightweight contender Ismail Muwendo dropped Efrain Esquivias twice en route to a one-sided eight round decision late Friday night at the M3 Anaheim Event Center in Anaheim, California.
Muwendo improves to 19-0, with 12 knockouts. Esquivias, who has lost his last five bouts, falls to 17-7-1, with 10 KOs.
Muwendo dropped the former junior featherweight contender once in round four and once in round six. All three judges scored the bout 80-70 in favor of Muwendo, who is originally from Uganda and now resides in Minneapolis.
Esquivias tipped the scale at 142.2 pounds at Thursday's weigh-in, while Muwendo weighed 140.7 pounds.
Flyweight Seniesa Estrada also remained unbeaten Friday night, winning a one-sided decision over Aracely Palacios (8-7, with 1 KO).
All three judges scored scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Estrada (10-0, with 2 KOs), who resides in the Los Angeles area.
Junior featherweight Humberto Rubalcava won a six round majority decision over veteran Raymond Chacon (7-24-1).
The hard-hitting Rubalcava had to overcome the awkward style of Chacon to grind out a decision win. One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges scored the bout 58-56 for Rubalcava, who goes to 7-0, with 5 KOs.
Junior lightweight Jarret Jeter (7-1-1, with 2 KOs) knocked out Alberto Serna (3-7, with 2 KOs) at 1:31 of the opening round.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, RingTV.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing