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In a clash of former “Contender” fighters, Brian Vera (18-5, 11 KOs) won a ten round split decision over former WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora (22-2, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Vera was the aggressor and applied pressure throughout while Mora showcased his defensive skills mixed in with flurries. Mora came on late and both were bloodied at the end. Scores were 96-94, 96-94 Vera, 96-94 Mora. This isn’t the first time Vera has played the role of spoiler. He previously handed Andy Lee his only loss.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In his toughest fight to date, unbeaten WBO #9 featherweight Luis Franco (9-0, 5 KOs) showed lots of heart in getting past KO artist Leonilo Miranda (32-3, 30 KOs) by ten round split decision on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. The power-punching Miranda has good success in round one, even dropping Franco although referee Marcos Rosales ruled it a slip. Franco showcased his speed and boxing skills in round two and for the next few rounds, however Miranda had a huge round five battering Franco with power shots. There was wide open action for the rest of the fight with Franco and Miranda literally trading punches for long stretches. Scores were 96-94 Miranda, 97-93, 96-94 Franco.
WBA #4/WBC #6 cruiserweight Lateef Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) struggled against Nicholas Iannuzzi 16-2, 9 KOs) to retain his NABF/NABO belts. Kayode’s 14 fight knockout streak ended as Iannuzzi for the most part gave as good as he got. Iannuzzi was deducted a point by Raul Caiz Jr. for a punch after the final bell. Scores were 98-91, 97-92, 95-94. The crowd booed the decision.
Perez, Velez triumph
In front of his hometown fans in the Félix Méndez Acevedo Coliseum in Lares, Puerto Rico, unbeaten lightweight Michael “El Artista” Pérez (12-0-1, 6 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round TKO over Marcos Herrera (6-4-2, 2 KOs) on Friday night. Perez rocked Herrera midway through the last round and the referee waved it off at 1:36. “I felt great!” Perez said afterward. “It was a dream fighting on front of my people. We trained hard for this fight and I had a great victory.”
In the co-feature, WBO #10 super bantamweight Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez improved his record to 15-0 with 12 KOs with a fifth round TKO win over Colombian warrior John Alberto Molina. “I’m excited,” he said. This win drives me closer to a title opportunity. I want to fight the top names.”
Biosse TKOs Samaniego
Starring in just the second main event of his young, professional career, Vladine Biosse of Providence, R.I, kicked off the new year in style with a third-round TKO victory over Santiago Samaniego on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Utilizing his powerful right hook, Biosse sent Samaniego to the canvas early in round three and finished the job at the 2:27 mark to record his 10th professional victory and fifth knockout – his first KO since November of 2009 when he broke his hand in a win over Jeffrey Osborne (an injury that ultimately required surgery).