Shiming beats Valenzuela, Estrada shocks Viloria, Martinez decisions Magdaleno
Zou Shiming defeated Mexico's Eleazar Valenzuela (2-2-1) at flyweight on his pro debut by a four round unanimous decision at the Cotai Arena, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. The final judges scores were 40-36, 40-36 and 40-36.
Shiming smartly outboxed Valenzuela in each round, with jabs, hooks to the head and right hands to the body. Shiming looked impressive in making Valenzuela miss with his shots. The only negative from his performance would appear to be his lack of power. He was never really able to back up Valenzuela, although he did hurt him late in the 3rd with a hard left hand.
In a shocking upset, Juan Francisco Estrada (23-2) defeated firm favourite Brian Viloria (32-4) by a 12 round split decision to pick up the WBA and WBO flyweight titles. The judges scored it 116-111 and 117-111 for Estrada and 115-113 for Viloria.
The 32-year-old Viloria just never seemed to get into the fight, as the 22-year-old Estrada had too much energy and was able to get the better of him in most rounds.
The fight came to life in round 6 as Estrada started to press forward, fighting at close quarters and banging away at Viloria's body. Estrada applied relentless pressure on Viloria, who slowly faded in the face of a relentless onslaught from the Mexican. Viloria was hurt in the 11th and then in the 12th he was badly hurt from hard uppercuts but regained his composure to make it to the final bell.
WBO super featherweight champion Roman Martinez (27-1-2) retained his title by a 12 round split decision against Diego Magdaleno (23-1) by scores of 115-112, 114-113 for Martinez and 116-111 for Magdaleno.
The champion knocked Magdaleno down in the 4th with a right to the head and continued to stalk forward after that but Magdaleno was circling away, staying out of trouble and landing some effective counters of his own.
At the start of the 12th, Magdaleno abandoned his previous strategy and started to attack with a sense of urgency but it proved to be too little too late.
Former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr (22-3-1) was beaten by Yasutaka Ishimoto (22-6) by a 10 round majority decision for the WBO international super bantamweight title by scores of 95-94, 96-93 and 95-95. It was a close fight and could of gone either way. Ishimoto knocked Vazquez Jr down in the 8th, Vazquez Jr was not badly hurt but he handed the intiative to Ishimoto, who kept pressing forward right up until the end of the fight.