Antonio Moran blasts out Richard Zamora in one
Antonio Moran promised a knockout in his Friday night clash with Richard Zamora and he certainly delivered.
Moran scored a one-punch knockout in the opening round of a lightweight contest which took place at the Carpas Astro in Mexico City.
The home fighter was coming off an eight-round split decision loss to Emanuel Lopez in December, which snapped a four-bout winning streak and cost him a top 10 ranking with the WBO.
Utilizing a significant height and reach advantage, Moran connected with relative ease. He landed sweeping hooks and right crosses, and it was a vicious right cross that dropped Zamora. Referee Guadalupe Garcia immediately stopped the bout at 1:32.
“I had been looking for a knockout for some time now,” said Moran. “Fortunately, I was able to follow through on that.”
With the win, Moran improves to (21-2, 14 knockouts). Zamora, who was on an 11-bout winning streak, falls to 14-2 (8 KOs).
Lightweight Omar Solano scored a seventh-round technical knockout over Ismael Urieta.
Urieta pressed the action, but Solano was effective in countering to head and body throughout.
During an exchange in Round 7, a punch appeared to fracture Urieta’s nose and the action was halted. As blood flowed profusely from the wound, the ringside physician recommended that referee Guadalupe Garcia stop the fight.
Solano improves to (7-1, 2 KOs), while Urieta drops to (10-5-1, 6 KOs).
In a battle of Mexico City lightweights, Jorge Batalla won a four-round unanimous decision over German Lopez Meraz (0-4). All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Batalla, who improves to (2-1, 1 KO).
Junior featherweight Ivan Hernandez was able to grind out a four-round unanimous decision over Juan Gonzalez, who was making his pro debut. All three judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Hernandez, who improves to (2-1).
All Star Boxing promoted the Boxeo Telemundo card.
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 (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing
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