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Giovani Segura returns, defeats Ernesto Guerrero in third round

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Jun

Giovani Segura may be past his prime but he believes he can make one more run at a world title belt.

 

Segura returned to the ring Saturday night in his first fight in almost two years, stopping veteran Ernesto Guerrero in the third round at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California.

 



Segura improved to 33-4-1 (29 knockouts). Guerrero falls to 22-18 (15 KOs).

 

The 34-year-old Segura had not fought since September of 2014, when he was stopped in the 11th round by WBA/WBO flyweight titlist Juan Francisco Estrada.

 

Guerrero entered the bout against Segura having won five of six bouts, all against mediocre opposition.

 

Segura was in control throughout the fight, ending matters with a left hook to the body, dropping Guerrero to the canvas. Referee Thomas Taylor counted Guerrero out at 1:23.

 

Segura, who holds wins over Ivan Calderon, Hernan “Tyson” Marquez, and Omar Salado, was a two-time titleholder as a junior flyweight, as well as a RING champion.

 

The Segura-Guerrero fight was a scheduled eight-round featherweight bout, so it will be interesting to see whether Segura will remain in that division or drop to junior featherweight or bantamweight.

 

Also on the card, lightweight Victor Betancourt (21-1, 9 KOs) stopped Juan Luis Hernandez (18-8-1, 9 KOs) after the end of the fourth round.

 

Former fringe featherweight contender Jose Ramirez (28-6, 16 KOs) won a one-sided, six-round decision over Giovanni Caro (26-19-4, 21 KOs). Scores were 60-54 twice and 59-55.

 

Saturday’s promotion in Commerce was the second fight card promoted by current WBA featherweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz.

 

 

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.

 

 

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