Rigondeaux knocks out Flores in the first round

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Rigondeaux knocks out Flores in the first round
Rigondeaux noqueó en el primer asalto.

Rigondeaux noqueó en el primer asalto
Rigondeaux knocks out Flores in the first round.

Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux retained his World Boxing Association Super Bantamweight Super Championship after knocking out Mexican Moisés Flores on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The knockout took place almost at the same time the final bell rung in the first round. Both boxers were fighting at short distance, and “El Chacal” was connecting illegal blows. However, seconds later, when they separated, both threw a hand and the Cuban was the one who scored with a left hook to the chin that sent the Mexican to the canvas.

This made the referee Vic Drakulich doubt whether or not it was a legal punch due to the closeness to the bell. However, after a long wait, the third man on the ring declared the knockout and the victory for Ringondeaux.

Thus, ” El Chacal ” retains his WBA belt for the third time and keeps his undefeated record, now with 18 wins and 12 knockouts. After the Cuban’s victory, the Interim title at 122 pounds was eliminated.

Photo credits: Sumio Yamada.


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