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Jose Argumedo returns to action, stops Edgar Cibrian in three

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Former strawweight world titleholder Jose Argumedo returned to the ring Saturday night, stopping Edgar Cibrian in a stay-busy bout at the Domo del Parque San Rafael in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Argumedo, who is rated No. 5 by THE RING at 105 pounds, had not fought since July when he lost his IBF title to Hiroto Kyoguchi by 12-round unanimous decision.

The 29-year-old technician, who resides in nearby Tepic, Nayarit, broke down the hometown fighter who was game but lacking in experience.

With roughly a minute remaining in Round 3, Argumedo dropped his opponent with a sweeping right cross. Cibrian (6-3-1, 4 KOs) got up and attempted to fight back, but Argumedo pinned his man against the ropes, unloaded a barrage of punches and referee Jesus Salcedo called a halt the action at 1:40.

Undercard

Junior flyweight Alondra Garcia won a hard-fought 10-round unanimous decision over Guadalupe Ramirez.

Garcia (18-3-1, 1 KO), who resides in Guadalajara, was the more effective boxer during the first half of the fight and continually beat Ramirez to the punch. However, Garcia’s aggressiveness worked against her in Round 5, when she landed a low blow that resulted in a point deduction.

Sensing she was down on the scorecards, Ramirez (7-10, 1 KO) increased her punch output and worked her way inside Garcia’s guard to counter effectively. Both had their moments in the final two rounds, but Garcia landed the more telling punches.

Scores were 96-93, 98-91, and 97-92 for Garcia.

In a battle of Guadalajara featherweights, Eliseo Velez (11-1-3, 6 KOs) and Dennis Contreras (20-9-1, 19 KOs) fought to a three-round technical draw. The bout was stopped at 1:50 when Velez sustained a serious cut to his right eye. Contreras thought the cut was from a punch, but referee Jesus Salcedo ruled that the injury was caused by an accidental headbutt.

In junior featherweight action, Mario Victorino won a hard-fought four-round unanimous decision over previously-unbeaten Cristian Medina (3-1, 3 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Victorino who improves to 5-4, 2 KOs.

Welterweight Ivan Tapia (4-0, 4 KOs) stopped Edgar Romero (2-5-1, 2 KOs) at 2:06 of the third round.

 

Francisco A. Salazar can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing

 

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