Fonfara stops Chavez Jr; Flores claims interim WBA belt

Phil Jay 19/04/2015

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr suffered only the second loss of his career as the Mexican was stopped by Poland’s Andrew Fonfara in Carson, California on Saturday night.

Fighting above his ideal 168lb and against his father’s wishes, Chavez didn’t see the tenth round of the contest that he never really found his feet in. Chavez was put down in the ninth round and failed to come out for the next session handing Fonfara the retirement win.

Credit to Fonfara who was just too strong for the ex-middleweight world champion and is now on the verge of a second world title shot following his decent display against Adonis Stevenson in 2014.

In the co-feature, Moises Flores took the interim super featherweight title from Oscar Escandon via a split decision after a hard-fought twelve round contest.

The Mexican improved to 23-0 as two officials gave him a 116-112 victory, whilst the final judge saw it 115-113 for the now former champion.

Middleweight Fernando Guerrero came back from his crushing defeat to David Lemieux last May by out-pointing Abraham Han over ten rounds.

The 28 year-old recovered from a first round knockdown to edge a close decision on the cards as the southpaw moved on to 27-3. Two of the judges saw the fight for Guerrero 96-93 and 95-94, whilst the third gave it to Han 96-93 but it wasn’t enough for the Texan to avoid a third loss.

Also on the bill, Omar Chavez defeated Richard Gutierrez 78-74 and 77-75 twice on the judges scorecards as the Mexican put his recent loss to Ramon Alvarez firmly behind him, whilst Amir Imam dominated Walter Castillo over ten rounds. Scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92 were read out following the contest as Imam made it to 17-0 with 14 stoppages.

Earlier, cruiserweight contender Jordan Shimmell made it 16 stoppages from 19 wins when retiring Carlos Reyes in his corner at the end of the fifth round.

Shimmell, 26, is fast gaining a reputation as a damaging puncher and is already ranked highly by the majority of the leading organisations as a world title shot nears.

At welterweight, Marcos Maidana‘s younger brother Fabian made if five KO’s from six wins with a second round pummelling of Cory Vom Baur.

Other results:

Jessie Roman and Anthony Flores scored eight and six round points wins at welterweight, whilst heavyweight John Nofire made it to 16-0 by stopping Joell Godfrey in three rounds. Super bantamweight Tugstsogt Nyambayar made a successful debut by ending his fight with Manuel Rubalcava in the opening session.