Jose Ramirez was confronted with the toughest test of his livelihood. Jose “Chon” Zepeda was sleek, slick, and wouldn’t give in.

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The scores were 114-114, 115-113, and 116-112, as Ramirez won the 12th round on all 3 judges’ scorecards to clinch the victory.

“He was a very a tough and smart southpaw. He came ready,” Ramirez explained. “He kept space and a fantastic selection. That made it a tough, close fight, but I think I pulled it off. I landed one of the punches that were most effective. ”

Said Zepeda: “Jose Ramirez is just a great fighter, and also his fans really pushed against him and gave momentum to him. ”

Beltran K-os Okada

It’therefore a new burden, however the very same Ray Beltran. The prior lightweight world champion defeated a challenging struggle from Hiroki Okada to evaluate a ninth-round knockout and win the vacant WBC Continental Americas and WBO Intercontinental 140-pound straps. Beltran (36-8-1, 22 KOs) lost his WBO lightweight world name to back in August, but put himself in the thick of their 140-pound title film with his performance against the previously unbeaten Okada.

The activity was fierce with the two combatants waging a round for those ages, from the opening bell. Beltran knocked Okada (19-1, 13 KOs) down with a crisp left hook, only for Okada to stun Beltran later in the circular.

In other actions:

Gabriel Flores Jr. (12-0, 5 KOs) notched a six-round unanimous decision over Alex Rynn Torres (6-3, 3 KOs) in a lively lightweight bout.

Carlos Castro (22-0, 9 KOs) won the vacant WBC Continental Americas super bantamweight title with a dominant 10-round unanimous decision (100-90, 99-91, 98-92) over former world title challenger Genesis Servania (32-2, 15 KOs). Castro used his skills to befuddle Servania, who was powerless to cut the ring .

“I sensed great returning after that very long rest after suffering the accident. It’s been a very long time,” Vences said. “I knew it is definitely going to be a challenging fight, although I looked sharp. This person went the distance against Andrew Cancio and gave a wonderful fight, and Cancio turned into a world champion last night. I understood against a man like I was going to h to use my skills, and I did. I dominated the fight. ”

In a big upset at 140 pounds, Cristian Coria (29-7-2, 13 KOs) scored a devastating third-round knockout over Joel Diaz Jr. (24-2, 20 KOs). A hook put Diaz down for good.

Saul “Neno” Rodriguez defeated Aelio Mesquita by knockout to go on to 23-0-1.