Joselito Velasquez makes successful pro debut with stoppage win
Flyweight Joselito Velasquez of Mexico had a solid amateur career, which culminated at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. If his pro debut is any indication of what lies ahead as a prizefighter, he has a very bright future.
Velasquez was successful in his pro debut, stopping Eduardo Casimero in the opening round at the Gran Oasis Casino in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, last Saturday.
Casimero has now lost his last three bouts, dropping to 5-4.
Velasquez, who signed a managerial contract with Frank Espinoza after losing in the second round at Olympic Games this past summer in Rio de Janeiro, demonstrated poise and precision accuracy as he landed effectively to Casimero’s head and body.
Velasquez dropped Casimero with a left hook to the body, followed by a left to the head. Casimero remained on the canvas as referee Florentino Lopez counted him out at 2:13.
In welterweight action, Carlos Molina (28-6-2, 8 knockouts) won a landslide, eight-round unanimous decision over Diego Cruz (17-4-1, 13 KOs). With the win, Molina, who held the IBF junior middleweight title, has won his last six bouts.
Bantamweight Mariana Juarez improved to 44-9-4 (17 KOs) with a 10-round majority decision over Irma Garcia (16-2-1, 3 KOs). One judge scored the bout 95-95, while the other two judges scored the bout 95-94 and 96-93 for Juarez.
In a shocking upset, former junior lightweight contender Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (30-5, 26 KOs) was knocked out by Cristian Palancarez (2-1-1, 2 KOs) at 2:48 of round three.
Super middleweight Maricela Cornejo (6-2, 2 KOs) won a six-round unanimous decision over Martha Lara (10-6, 6 KOs).
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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