Saturday night at Centro Comercial Hyper Jumbo in Maracay, Venezuela, WBA interim bantamweight champion Yonfrez “El Verdugo” Parejo (17-1-1, 8 KOs), from Anzoategui, Venezuela, knocked out Jhon Alberto Molina (33-28-3, 21 KOs), from Cartagena, Colombia, at 1:37 of round two of a scheduled 12-round non-title fight.
El Verdugo had not fought in a year and was hoping for some more rounds, but at least he’s back in action.
“I wanted the fight to last a little longer,” he said, “because I have a year without fighting. But I felt good and finished early. Now my goal is to defend my title as soon as possible.”
Parejo’s next fight will be a defense of his WBA title, possibly in November, against the heavy-handed Kazakh, Zhanat Zhakiyano (25-1, 18 KOs).
In the co-main event, super lightweight John “El Emperador” Renteria (11-2-1, 9 KOs), from Panama City, Panama, won a unanimous decision victory against Venezuelan Jherson “El Latigo” Perez (3-2), from El Tigrito, Venezuela, and is looking to step it up in search of a regional title.
Also on the 12-fight card, super featherweight Franklin Manzanilla (11-3, 10 KOs) TKO’d Yenrry Bermúdez (5-10-2, 1 KO). Light flyweight Keiver “El Chamo” Fernández (7-0, 4 KOs) kept his unbeaten streak alive by decisioning Vicente Mirabal (1-6) after six rounds of fighting.
And last but not least, lightweights Junior Cuadrado (4-0, 3 KOs) defeated Miguel Urdaneta (0-13) and undefeated Roger “The Kid” Gutiérrez (8-0-1, 6 KOs) scored a first-round TKO over Yohangel “Chichito” Romero (0-9).
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