Cesar Juarez scores stay-busy stoppage win over Eugene Lagos
Mandatory title challenger Cesar Juarez is awaiting his opportunity to fight for a major title. In the meantime, he continues to win, whether by knockout or decision.
Juarez abruptly ended matters on Saturday night, scoring a spectacular one-punch knockout over Eugene Lagos at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
Juarez improves to 20-5, with 15 knockouts. Lagos falls to 11-4-2, with 7 KOs.
The victory marked the third in a row for Juarez, who is next in line to face WBO junior featherweight titleholder Jessie Magdaleno.
All three victories have come against Filipino fighters but Juarez is best known for his 12-round decision loss to Nonito Donaire in December of 2015.
Prior to the Juarez fight, Lagos fought on Feb. 23, losing a 10-round decision to unbeaten featherweight prospect Valery Tretyakov.
Lagos came to fight from the opening bell. A left hook to the head with over a minute left in round one momentarily shook Juarez or, at the least, caught his attention. As the bout progressed, both fighters sized each other up, waiting for the other to throw in order to counter.
Juarez utilized his awkward style to get within punching range. Toward the end of round three, Juarez got within range to land a counter left hook to the head, dropping Lagos to the canvas. Referee Christian Curiel immediately stopped the bout at 2:58.
“I came out a little slow to start the fight,” said Juarez after the fight. “To tell the truth, Lagos is a strong fighter but I felt my five months of preparation was what paid off in the end.”
Juarez, who resides in Mexico City and fights under the Zanfer Promotions banner, is eyeing a shot at Magdaleno.
“We’re going to keep working hard until we get a world title opportunity. I’ve heard Magdaleno doesn’t want to fight me but I’ll be ready when that opportunity comes. I’m ready for him.”
In the co-feature, former lightweight title challenger Jose Zepeda defeated Jesus Silveira by technical decision in round five.
Zepeda, who is now ranked No. 10 by the WBO at 140 pounds, improves to 26-1, with 21 KOs. Silveira falls to 8-4-2, with 3 KOs.
Silveira was game but Zepeda landed the more telling blows throughout the fight. Zepeda was deducted a point in round five by referee Christian Curiel for an accidental clash of heads that opened a cut over Silveira’s left eye. The fight was stopped moments before the end of the round when another cut appeared on Silveira’s forehead.
Scores were 49-46, 49-45 and 48-46 for Zepeda.
In bantamweight action, former flyweight titleholder Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and Jose Briguel Quirino (14-2-2, 5 KOs) fought to an eight-round draw.
Marquez (41-8-2, 29 KOs) dropped Quirino in rounds one and five and looked as though he did enough to earn a hard-fought decision. One judge thought so, scoring the bout 76-75 for Marquez but the other two judges scored the bout 76-74 for Quirino and 76-76.
Abraham Rodriguez (20-0, 10 KOs) knocked out Javier Romero (10-24-1, 7 KOs) in the third round. Rodriguez is ranked No. 11 by the WBA at 108 pounds and No. 11 by the IBF and No. 7 by the WBC at 105 pounds.
Welterweight Jaime Munguia (22-0, 19 KOs) stopped Gabriel Agramon (7-8-1, 6 KOs) at the end of the second round.
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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