Eleven-loss Jimenez shocks Morales; Briedis humbles Charr; Saguilan edges Corley
Ivan Morales lost for the first time as a professional as countryman Edgar Jimenez carved out a majority ten-round decision at the Playa del Carmen in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
The 23 year-old brother of legendary world champion Erik Morales went down 97-93 on two scorecards, whilst a third judge gave ‘El Terrible II’ a draw – which wasn’t enough to keep the southpaw’s unbeaten run intact.
Morales had previously gone 28-0 and looked to be on the fast track to a world title shot, although will have to rethink his plans following a gutsy display by Jimenez – who improved his record to 20-11-2 and may have earned a high-profile rematch.
In Russia, former world title challenger Manuel Charr’s career continued to unravel as the 30 year-old was beaten for the third time in five fights. Charr was knocked out by undefeated Mairis Briedis in the fifth round of eight and is in danger of becoming a journeyman if his bad form carries on.
Finally, in Chihuahua, Mexico, Nery Saguilan out-pointed ex-world title holder DeMarcus Corley to successfully defend his fringe WBC belt.
Saguilan, 27, inflicted a 24th career loss on Corley as judges came back with scores of 115-113 twice and 115-114 after twelve rounds.