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Ramon Guevara dominates Miguel Angel Herrera in one-sided beating in Culiacan

Ramon Guevara
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Ramon Guevara threw everything he could, but was not able to stop Miguel Angel Herrera.

The former WBC world junior flyweight titleholder had to settle for a one-sided victory over Herrera on Wednesday night at the Centro de Eventos Figlostase in Culiacan, Mexico.

All three judges scored the bout 100-90 in favor of Guevara, who improved to 40-3-1, 22 knockouts.

Now campaigning at 115 pounds, Guevara was the dominant fighter from the opening bell. Guevara repeatedly landed lead and counter right hands to the head. He would also mix his attack by landing right crosses, followed by left hooks to the head.

Towards the end of the second round, Guevara suffered a cut above his left eye from an accidental clash with Herrera’s right shoulder. Despite the odd occurrence, Guevara never broke stride, continuing to effectively outbox Herrera.

Herrera had his best moments of the fight in the fifth round, initiating exchanges and forcing Guevara to fight off his back foot. That rally was brief as, later in the round, Guevara landed a sweeping right cross that staggered Herrera. Guevara followed up, but was not able to drop Herrera or finish him off.

Guevara spent the second half of the fight continuing to score with right hands. As the fight continued towards the final rounds, the pace slowed. Guevara was content to work behind a jab and work from distance.

The win over Herrera marked 10th in a row since a majority-decision loss to Kenshiro Teraji in October 2017. In his previous fight on September 17, the 34-year-old defeated Angel Aviles Armenta by unanimous decision. The win over Aviles Armenta took place over a year after Guevara outpointed Marlon Rios Sariana over eight one-sided rounds.

Herrera, who resides in Valladolid, Mexico, falls to 22-6-5, 8 KOs. Herrera was stopped by unbeaten contender Angel Ayala Lardizabal in the opening round of his previous fight on July 23 of last year. The 27-year-old has now lost his last three fights.

In the co-feature, a clash of unbeaten bantamweights, Alexis Molina (9-0, 3 KOs) of Culiacan stopped Jesus Mercado in the second round.

The southpaw Mercado was game, but would get repeatedly hit by two-punch combinations thrown by Molina.

Early in the second round, a left-right combination dropped Mercado to the canvas. He would remain on the canvas as he was counted out at 42 seconds.

Mercado, who resides in the border city of Nogales, Mexico, dropped to 5-1-1, 4 KOs.

In the opening bout of the ProBox TV card, junior featherweight Nazario Castro rallied to win by knockout in the eighth round over Juan Ramirez Marquez.

Castro, who lives and trains in Culiacan, goes to 11-2-1, 6 KOs.

During the first two rounds, Marquez outboxed Castro, who rarely countered or rallied any offense. Castro finally let his hands go more during the third round.

It was in round 4 where a counter left hook from Castro momentarily staggered Marquez. By then, Marquez had developed a noticeable bruise underneath his left eye.

Marquez did rally during the middle rounds, but looked spent in the process. Marquez would be weakened by the amount of punches that Castro connected. Nazario would batter Marquez, especially in the eighth round, prompting Marquez’s corner to throw in the towel at 2:04.

Marquez, who resides in Mexico City, falls to 15-7, 8 KOs.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]