In what was a big night of boxing, the WBF
crowned three new champions in Mexico on Saturday, August 17.
At the El Chamizal arena in Puerto Penasco, Sonora state, two
local favorites won WBF titles as Linda “La Muneca” Soto and
Javier “El Rebelde” Carrera took home the Women's
Intercontinental Super Flyweight and North American Welterweight
Soto put on a convincing performance against the brave Kareli
Lopez, and was awarded a clear unanimous decision. Judges
Enrique Sotelo, Jose Garduno and Manuel Rincon scored it 100-90,
99-91 and 99-91. Referee was Juan Jose Ramirez.
With the victory, new WBF Women's Intercontinental Super
Flyweight Champion Linda Soto improves her professional record
to 6-3 (3), and Kareli Lopez falls to a misleading 5-4-1 (1).
In the co-feature, Javier Carrera stopped Augusto Gamez by
technical knockout in round four, when the doctor advised
referee Juan Jose Ramirez that a cut on the eyelid of Gamez was
too bad to let him continue. Time of the stoppage was 2:19.
This was a rematch of their original meeting this past March,
where Carrera won a close majority decision. Picking up his
careers first title, Carrera moved his professional ledger to
13-1 (10), while former Sonora State Champion Gamez drops to
13-14-1 (10). The show was promoted by Promociones Soto.
Around 1200 miles way in Jalpa, located in Zacatecas state, it
was a true battle for local bragging rights, as Ana Arrazola and
Guadalupe Martinez, both from the city of Tlalnepantla, squared
off for the vacant WBF Women's World Light Flyweight
Arrazola proved to be the much superior fighter, but a game
Martinez hung in there for the full distance to see judges Erica
Contreras, Carlos Ruiz and Carlos Monreal all favor her opponent
with scores of 100-90. Referee was Ivan Guerrero.
The new WBF World Champion now spots a record of 18-9-2 (13),
while Martinez, losing her second straight world title-challenge
by decision, drops to 4-4 (3). Promoter of the fight was Ansel