Mayhem: Bey upsets Vazquez; Easy for Santa Cruz; Soto wins; Angulo defeated

Phil Jay 14/09/2014

Mickey Bey claimed the IBF lightweight title in a shock result as the Mayweather Promotions fighter won a split decision over Miguel Vazquez.

In a close contest, Bey was handed the fight 115-113 by one judge, but how Robert Hoyle saw it 119-109 in his favour is anyone’s guess. Vazquez was given the verdict 115-113 on the third card, but loses his title and will certainly be entitled to ask for a rematch.

Leo Santa Cruz made light work of Miguel Roman by stopping him in the second round to retain his WBC super-bantamweight title. A unification clash with Carl Frampton or Scott Quigg could now be on the cards for the Golden Boy star.

Earlier, former world champion Humberto Soto made moves towards another title shot with a ten-round decision victory over a game John Molina.

In a fight littered by with low blows by both fighters, Soto had the better skills of the two and prevailed on the cards 96-91, 95-92 twice as both boxers lost points for straying below the belt.

Also on the bill, Alfredo Angulo made an unsuccessful move up to middleweight and now needs those close to him to do their duty and recommend that he hang up his gloves.

The 32 year-old, who had already been battered black and blue in his last two fights, seemingly had no extra strength at 160lbs and felt the full force of every solid blow that came from opponent James De La Rosa.

Predictably, Angulo was cut and his face once again swelled up as the Mexican went down to a fifth career loss and really has nowhere else to go in the sport – other than to step away for his own future health.

After ten completed rounds and a point deduction against Angulo in round seven, De La Rosa won the contest on the cards despite a late rally as the judges handed the Texas-based fighter the fight 99-89, 98-90, 96-92.

De La Rosa, 26, improves to 23-2 and could now be in the frame for the bigger names in the division.

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