Gradovich retains IBF title

27/07/2013 18:24

Evgeny Gradovich (17-0) of Russia retained his IBF featherweight title after defeating Argentina's Mauricio Munoz (26-4) by a unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.


The judges scores were 119-109, 119-109 and 120-108. The fight looked closer than the scores suggested, but it was a clear win for the 26-year-old Gradovich. He kept up a steady pace and landed the harder shots in the fight.

On the same bill, Mexico's Juan Francisco Estrada (25-2) also made a successful defense of his WBO-WBA flyweight titles, defeating Milan Melindo (29-1) by a unanimous decision.

The judges scored it 118-109, 117-109, 118-109. Estrada handed Melindo his first defeat in 29 fights, knocking the Filipino down in the 11th round with a straight right hook, and staggered him in the 12th with another hard right hand. The fight was very competitive until the last three rounds at which point Estrada upped the pressure and pulled away from Melindo.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (2-0) of China dominated teenager Jesus Ortega (3-2) of Mexico to win his second professional fight by a unanimous decision. 

Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. (20-0) pulled off a minor upset in stopping previously unbeaten Joe Hanks (21-1). Ruiz Jr., who is built a lot like Chris Arreola, but a little fatter, dropped Hanks twice in the 4th round to get the stoppage at 1:41 of the round. Hanks failed to use his jab and movement to keep the hard hitting Ruiz Jr. on the outside and it cost him the fight.