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Sanchez Still Champion

Irma “La Guerita” Sanchez is still WBF Flyweight Champion after successfully defending her title Saturday night in Los Cabos, Mexico with a unanimous decision over challenger, and fellow Mexican, Suzana Cruz Perez. There were no knockdowns.

The Champion, making her first defense of the title she won in July, improved her record to 21-5-1 (6), and Cruz dropped to 5-3 (2). The fight, promoted by Hector Garcia and his HG Boxing, was televised by Televisa.

Suzana Cruz Perez, taking part in her first world championship fight, did a good job of pressing the action from the start, and it seemed as if she caught Sanchez by surprise with her aggressiveness. The challenger immediately found success with fast combinations, while Sanchez had trouble finding her momentum in the early rounds.

However, as the rounds wore on Sanchez started to take over, and in the sixth she caught Cruz with a well-timed overhand right that caused a serious swelling on the left eyelid of the game Hidalgo-boxer. From that point on Cruz fought on valiantly with a closed left eye, enabling the champion to be more and more dominant.

After 10 entertaining and well-fought rounds, judges Enrique Sotelo, Frank Navaro and Jesus Salcedo scored the bout 97-93, 96-94 and a too wide 100-90 in favor of Irma Sanchez, but Suzana Cruz Perez put on a magnificent performance and deserves equal credit for creating a very good world title fight.

October 9, 2011

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