Via Ken Hissner: At Palenque Fex, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, on Saturday, on ESPN+ Bob Arum (Top Boxing) was in the title knockout in the Main Event, former WBA Mini and IBF and WBA champion Flyweight and current WBC Silver lightweight champion Hekkie “The Hexecutioner ” Budler of Johannesburg, South Africa defeated former WBO Flyweight champion Elwin “La Pulga ” Soto, of Mexicali, Baja California, MEX, by hit knocked out in the last round with a score of 114-113 on all scorecards.
In the main event, former 2-division champion and reigning WBC Silver Light Fly lightweight champion Hekkie “The Hexecutioner” Budler, 34-4 (10), #107 ¾, of Johannesburg, So. Africa, narrowly won over former WBO Flyweight Champion Elwin “La Pulga” Soto, 19-3 (13), # 107 ¾, of Mexicali, Baja California, MEX, over 12 rounds, thanks to a knockout fell in the last round.
In the first round, Soto had the more powerful Budler, who came back to make it through the second round in a similar fashion. In the third round, a Soto backhand opened a cut in Budler’s left eyebrow mid-round. In the fourth round, Budler used an effective shot to get around.
In the fifth round, Budler moved the ring well, counterattacking with a punch to Soto’s chin. Soto seems to have given up to jump around the ring. In the sixth round, Soto went to Budler’s body in performing Budler counterattacks, mainly landing thrusts. In the seventh and eighth innings, Budler was able to use great footwork to move around Soto, hitting him from all angles.
In the ninth inning, Soto didn’t seem to know how to sever the ring, and his fans began to get annoyed with his meager return. Halfway through the round, Soto finally started to land on his body and occasionally got a right-handed hit to Budler’s chin. In the tenth inning, a frustrated Soto was falling into despair with the right, not finding their target on a moving Budler that counterattacked with his jabs. In the final 20 seconds, Budler landed a solid punch on Soto’s chin.
In the eleventh round, it was the same, when Budler gave Soto a boxing exercise. It may not have been fan-friendly in Mexico, but he took control of the fight. In the twelfth and final round, Soto landed right next to the fleeting Budler. Midway through the half, Budler scored the knock-out goal with a chop on the chin from Soto, whose glove touched the fabric but was immediately counted down by referee Celestino Ruiz.
All scores are 114-113, with this writer 116-111.
Flyweight Yahir Frank, 10-0 (7), Hermosilio, Sonora, MEX, stopped Carlos “Grillo” Mejia, 8-3-1 (2), of Mexico City, MEX, after one round of eight rounds. Scheduled.
In the first round, both fighters bombarded until halfway through the round when a left hook from Frank to Mejia’s chin knocked him out with 8 personalities. He passed the ring, rose to fight to win the bell. The corner did not allow Mejia to play in the second half.
Super Bantamweight 6:01 “Rafael“ El Divino” Espinoza, 19-0 (16), of Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEX, stopped Gerardo Valenzuela, 10-2 (9), of Agua Prieta, Sonora, MEX, at 2 :30 of the first round of a scheduled 8 round.
In the first round, Espinoza controlled the action for most of the time, with his jab backing Valenzuela into the rope. With half a minute remaining, a dangerous left hook from Espinoza touched Valenzuela’s chin and knocked Valenzuela’s goalkeeper. He immediately got up, counted, and jumped into a squat, sending the referee into a wave.
19-year-old ultra-lightweight athlete Abel Rivas, 5-1 (4), of Durango, MEX, lost to nampaw Abimael Hildago Cruz for the first time, 8-1-1 (7), of Tijuana, Baja California, MEX, over eight rounds action packed fight.
In the first round, Cruz suffered a bad cut in his right eyebrow, blood running down the side of his face during the second part of the round. In the second half, Cruz continued to be the aggressor. It was a close quarter, with Rivas having the advantage but not by much.
In the third and fourth rounds, Cruz pitted Rivas against the ropes for most of the round with a two-handed attack. It was not until the last minute of the round that Rivas had an effective punch, a right to the chin.
In the sixth inning, it was Rivas who was pinned in the neutral corner by Cruz in the first minute. Halfway through the round, the cut that occurred in the first round finally opened up on Cruz’s right eyebrow, but not much blood came out. Rivas had his way until the last minute when Cruz joined the attack.
In the eighth and final round, after 30 seconds of the round, Cruz landed 3 right hooks on Rivas’ chin. Cruz continued to perform a near-exhausted Rivas at the last minute. With twenty seconds left, both boxers landed punching each other in the chin. Both boxers landed punches when the bell rang, with blood running down Cruz’s right face.
Cruz was declared the winner with my score of 78-72.
Super Bantamweight southpaw Jorge “The Baker” Monreal, 13-2-1 (8), of Durango, MEX, lost in a competitive match against nampaw Israel Ramirez, 17-1 (9), of Mexicali, Baja California, MEX , more than eight exciting rounds.
In the first inning, mostly mutual felt landing thrusts, Ramirez had a slight advantage. In the second round, the two continued to lunge at each other until mid-round, when both landed at the same time with punches to the chin. Near the last minute left of the half, Ramirez had a very strong shot to the left of Monreal.
In the third round, Ramirez got in his way, drawing blood from Monreal’s mouth midway through. In the last minute remaining, Ramirez injured Monreal with a left chin. In the final twenty seconds, Monreal landed three times on the chin of Ramirez, who turned to rock Monreal with a left to the chin as the bell rang.
In the fourth inning, Ramirez sent Monreal into a corner at the last minute only to be repulsed by a combination from Monreal on the chin. Thirty seconds into the fifth inning, Ramirez landed firmly on the left side of Monreal’s chin, stopping him on his track.
In the fifth inning, Monreal bounced back well, leaving Ramirez on the rope in the final seconds, looking stunned from a barrage of punches to the chin. In the seventh round, Monreal was having his best round after being left nailed to the chin after a minute of inning. He had Ramirez in defense right before the bell. In the eighth and final round, both fighters let it all go in the best round of the fight.
Ramirez was declared the winner while Monreal clapped.