Andrade stripped of junior middleweight title
Andrade stripped of junior middleweight title
WBC #12 bantamweight Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (11-2, 3 KOs) moved down a division to hammer out a ten round majority decision over local favorite Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (13-3, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the A La Carte Event Pavillion in Tampa, Florida. It was a tactical fight with Rodriguez mostly pressing the action and outworking Lozano. Lozano’s best moments came in the last round when he connected with a number of desperation power shots. It was too little, too late, however as Rodriguez prevailed by scores of 97-93, 98-92, 95-95 to claim the vacant WBO Latin super flyweight title.
By Ron Jackson
Kevin Lerena became the new SA cruiserweight champion by beating Deon Coetzee on points over 12 rounds and Grant Fourie also the claimed the SA junior welterweight, with an outstanding performance, in outpointing Warren Joubert, at the Emperors Palace Casino near Kempton Park on Thursday night.
The 23-year-old Lerena (90.55 kg) won with wide points margins, as judge Phumeza Zinakile scored it 118-110 and judges Joseph Chaane and Simon Mokadi both had it 117-111. Lerena stunned the 29-year-old Coetzee (88.65kg) in the opening round and continued to land with stinging rights and lefts to the head and body from his southpaw stance throughout the fight. Both fighters ran out of gas in the last three rounds, and as a result the fight turned into a mauling and holding affair.
Coetzee was able to bloody Lerena’s nose but he could not stop the rampant challenger and refused to go down under his barrage of punches. The new champion, who has been a professional since November 2011 improved his record to 13-1 with 8 KOs and Coetzee, 29, saw his record drop to 11-6, 7 KOs.
Coetzee who was making the first defence of his title showed a lot of heart but this was not enough against the strength and better boxing of Lerena. Referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen did a fine job in controlling the fight but had to take a tumble to the canvas along the way when he tried to separate the fighters on one occasion.
FOURIE NEW SA CHAMPION
On the undercard, Grant Fourie dethroned SA junior welterweight champion Warren Joubert who was making his first defence, in one of the best title fights seen in South Africa in recent years, and must be a strong contender for Fight of the Year. Judges Joseph Chaane and Alfred Buqwana scored it 117-111 and 116-110 whilst judge Sylvia Mokaile handed in a way out card of 114-112.
From the opening bell the 32-year-old Fourie (63.00 kg) took command of the centre of the ring and backed up the gutsy 34-year-old Joubert (63.40 kg) throughout the fight in a scintillating performance. Joubert was sent down with left-right combination in the eighth round and was also in trouble in the ninth. He was also deducted a point for hitting on the break by referee Simon Xamlashe in the eleventh round.
Both fighters came into the ring in excellent condition and although Joubert was outboxed he showed courage by coming back at the challenger in the last two rounds, who was marked up on the face at the end of the fight. Fourie improved his record to 16-7-1 with 10 KOs and Joubert saw his record drop to 22-4-5, 11 KOs.
The Box and Dine tournament was presented by African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions.
Light heavyweight: Fernando Rodrigues, W pts 4, Christian Okeke; Junior flyweight: Deejay Kriel, W tko 6, Thabo Moabi, Bantamweight: Cebo Ngema, Draw 6, Ludumo Lamati.
UFC 190, which is headlined by the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia and the light heavyweight title fight between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rogerio Nogueira, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the event’s first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.
Main Event – UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Bethe Correia (134) VS Ronda Rousey (135)
PPV Main Card
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (206) VS Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua (206)
TUF Brazil 4 Lightweight Final
Fernando Bruno (155) VS Glaico Franca (156)
TUF Brazil 4 Bantamweight Final
Dileno Lopes (135) vs Reginaldo Viera (135)
Minotauro Nogueira (240) VS Stefan Struve (265)
Soa Palelei (264) VS Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva (265)
Jessica Aguilar (116) VS Claudia Gadelha (116)
FOX Sports 1 Prelims
Neil Magny (171) VS Demian Maia (171)
Patrick Cummins (206) VS Rafael Cavalcante (205)
Nordine Taleb (171) VS Warlley Alves (171)
Leandro Issa (136) VS Iuri Alcantara (136)
UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Clint Hester (186*) VS Vitor Miranda (186)
Guido Cannetti (135) VS Hugo Viana (136)
*Hester made weight on his second attempt after initially weighing in at 186.7 pounds
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