Zulina Munoz wipes Vanessa Taborda out in four
A handful of female fighters stake their claims to being the best fighter in the world today. It was Zulina Munoz’s turn on Saturday night and she did so in impressive fashion.
Munoz scored a one-punch knockout win over Vanesa Taborda in the fourth round at the Gimnasio Municipal “Jose Neri Santos” in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
With the win, Munoz (47-1-2, 28 knockouts) successfully defended her WBC female junior bantamweight title. Taborda drops to 8-7-3.
Munoz is one of many top female fighters in boxing today, including Susi Kentikian, Cecilia Braekhus, Jessica Chavez, Mariana Juarez and Yesica Bopp.
Munoz might lay claim to being the top female fighter, as she has only lost once in 50 fights, with that defeat coming almost nine years ago.
Taborda came into Saturday’s fight winless in seven fights. The Argentine fighter has faced Juarez (twice), Bopp and Chavez.
Toward the end of the first round, Munoz dropped Taborda with a left hook to the head. Taborda was not visibly hurt, getting back up to finish the round.
Munoz was in control of the fight until midway through the third round, when Taborda dropped her with a left hook to the head. Taborda seemed amused from the knockdown, smiling as an standing-eight count was administered.
The knockdown seemed to give Taborda added confidence, which transferred over into the fourth round. As Taborda came on, Munoz unleashed an overhand right to the head, dropping Taborda to the canvas. The fight was immediately stopped at 1:25.
Gorham stops Carcamo
In the opening bout of the beIN Sports Espanol broadcast, junior welterweight Carlos Gorham stopped Fernando Carcamo in the 10th and final round.
Gorham improves to 16-3 (10 KOs), while Carcamo falls to 21-7 (16 KO).
Carcamo is well-known to boxing fans for his participation in the 2014 “Boxcino” lightweight tournament, in which he lost to Petr Petrov in the finals. Gorham entered Saturday’s fight having won eight fights in a row.
Gorham hurt Carcamo at least once during the first three rounds, courtesy of straight right hands to the head. Carcamo got on track during the middle rounds, pressing the attack and backing Gorham up.
That momentum stopped in the sixth round when Carcamo was dropped by a series of left hands from Gorham.
Both fighters had their moments but Gorham’s punches seemed to have more impact as Carcamo seemed to back up whenever he was hit.
The end came early in round 10, as a right/left combination wobbled Carcamo. Moments later, a right hand sent Carcamo across the ring, where he slumped into a corner. Referee Rene Terrazas waved the fight off at 51 seconds.
Junior lightweight Eduardo Ramirez (18-1-2, 7 KOs) won a six-round unanimous decision over Alan Sanchez (6-3, 2 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56 for Ramirez.
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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