Kenia Enriquez decisions Jessica Nery Plata on Saturday
Kenia Enriquez won a hard-fought, 10-round unanimous decision over Jessica Nery Plata at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico.
Enriquez (20-1, 9 knockouts) outboxed Plata during the first half of the fight, scoring consistently with lead or counter right hands to the head. Plata (21-2, 3 KOs), from Mexico City, turned the tide around the midway point of the fight, scoring on the inside.
During the final two rounds of the fight, Enriquez swung momentum her way. Enriquez secured her victory in the final 20 seconds of the 10th round, dropping Plata with a counter right hand to the head.
Scores were 96-93, 97-92 and 97-93 for the 24-year-old Enriquez, who has won her last seven bouts.
In the co-feature of the Zanfer Promotions card, light flyweight contender Gilberto Parra Medina thrilled his hometown fans, dropping Leyman Benavides, of Nicaragua, twice before the fight was stopped in the fourth round.
Benavides (13-6-1, 2 KOs) came to fight but did not have the strength or skill to keep up with Medina. Toward the end of the second round, Medina dropped Benavides with a well-placed left hook to the body. Benavides was able to survive the round.
Medina continued to walk Benavides down during the third round and ended matters at 1:47 of the fourth round, when a barrage of punches dropped Benavides to the canvas. Referee Christian Curiel contend Benavides out.
Medina, who is ranked No. 8 by the IBF, has won his last seven bouts, since losing to then-WBO light flyweight titleholder Donnie Nietes, in March of 2015.
In a swing bout, middleweights Dubiel Sanchez (5-0-1, 5 KOs) and Martin Rosas (2-1-2, 1 KO) fought to a four-round draw. One judge scored the bout 40-36 for Sanchez, another scored the bout 39-37 for Rosas, while the third judge scored the bout 38-38.
All three bouts aired live on Kenia Enriquez won a hard-fought, 10-round unanimous decision over Jessica Nery Plata in the United States and on Azteca TV in Mexico.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com 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 FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.