WBA Convention Card Mayerlin Rivas vs Dayana Cordero, Fabian Maidana vs Johan Perez, Sonny Fredrickson vs Placido Ramirez, Yeis Solano vs Tony Gomez, Munera vs Pacheco
By Kid Hersh
The 96th annual World Boxing Association (WBA) has fights scheduled on November 1st for the third day of the convention. The fights take place at La Macarena in Medellin.
It is a fairly stacked prospect card with some veterans trickled in and it will be televised on Senal de TV.
The first bout was Sonny Fredrickson (17-0, 11KO’s) vs Placido Ramirez (10-0, 7KO’s). This fight will be for the vacant WBA Fedebol Super Lightweight Title. The second attempt at an entrance was a charm for Sonny (apparently the first time with glitter bombs was premature). In the first round it was a jab fest for the majority until the end of the round when Ramirez landed a nice right hand. The shot did not appear to phase Fredrickson at all but he retaliated with his own power shots - including a right hand that dropped Ramirez just before the bell rang. He rose to make it through the round. In the second round Ramirez looked recovered but a bit desperate with his pressure and punching. Fredricksons uppercut simply could not miss in the second round as he landed vicious right uppercut after vicious right uppercut until he dropped Ramirez. Ramirez rose again and fought back but is looking in bad shape from his extremely leaky defense. In the third round Fredrickson looked like his own worst enemy as he was far too excited with his punches and getting frustrated at himself for not landing the knockout blow. He showed good adaptability, however, as he refocused his attack on Ramirez’s body and landed the knockout punch. It was a very, very dominant showing for Fredrickson but who knows how good Ramirez really was.
Next up was Yeis Solano (11-0, 8KO’s) vs Tony Gomez (6-4-1, 5KO’s). The first round was a but sloppy from both fighters as they tried to establish their rhythm in the ring. In the second round Solano landed a beauty of a straight left that dropped Gomez in the final minute of the round. Gomez rose and was on queer street but managed to make his way through the round due to Solano showing that he is green yet - getting sloppy while trying to go for the knockout. Solano was switching between southpaw and orthodox in an attempt to land the knockout blow but just couldn’t quite do it. Solano got back into a rhythm in the third round from his southpaw stance and while he was landing straight lefts he was pushing them a bit. He also had a cut on the outside of his right eye from an accidental clash of heads that was possibly causing him some issues. Solano continued boxing his man - stunning Gomez with punches in the fifth round but not able to capitalize on it because he was throwing and landing one punch at a time; not setting up any combinations. The seventh round was an all out war with both fighters standing toe-to-toe and slugging it out. Vicious body shots and head punches were landed and both fighters looked stunned at different moments in the round. It would look as though both men have made up their mind to not go anywhere tonight though! Solano was toying with Gomez in the eighth round but not so much in a good way because he let his man off the hook yet again when in the beginning of the round he hurt Gomez with another left to the head but backed off and threw no punches for quite some time. Both men were extremely exhausted for the ninth and final round and basically coasted it - with Solano moving a but because he knew he had the fight in the bag.
Next up was Fabian “TNT” Maiden (13-0, 10KO’s) vs Johan Perez (22-4-2, 15KO’s). In the first round both men were a bit tense. Maidana was looking to apply pressure and find his openings - which he did in spots - while Perez was looking to counter. In the second round Perez was moving more on Maidana, staying just out of his reach and making him reset. He was not landing much of anything but being effective at blunting the offense of Maidana. It wasn’t until the final minute of the third round that an effective punch was landed - a right hand power punch by Maidana followed by a left hook that landed as well. Perez took the shots well but Maidana is heavy handed and you could tell that they hurt. In the coming rounds Maidana was slow to start until in the sixth round he started pressing the action and throwing more punches, looking like he wanted to break his man down. The added pressure really worked as the power punches landed and he stunned Perez numerous times in the round. Perez looked like he was starting to get broken down a bit and not nearly as confident as the earlier rounds. Perez tried to fight off the tide in the seventh round but Maidana continued pressing his man and stalking him further, looking for the knockout. The ninth round was the best of the fight because Maidana landed the blow that he has been looking for - with the referee potentially missing a knockdown when a right hand sent Perez reeling into the ropes and hurt. Maidana went for the kill, unloading vicious power shots, but Perez found another gear and fought his way off the ropes while pounding his chest and even backed up Maiden and landed his best punches of the fight. Great round! The fight went to scorecards after ten rounds with Perez showing his gameness but in a fight that he lost via unanimous decision.
For the main event it featured Mayerlin Rivas (14-3-1, 9KO’s) vs Dayana Cordero (16-5-2, 11KO’s). This fight was for the WBA World Female Bantamweight Title. The first round was pretty slow as Rivas circled the ring and pretty much just took a good long look at Cordero while flickering her jab out. The rounds got a little more interesting but neither combatant could land a clean power shot until the fourth round when Cordero came out aggressive and looking to land. Both women got their shots in but neither was affected by the other ones power. Cordero was really trying to press the action but having a hard time landing on the much bigger and lengthier Rivas. Rivas was doing excellent work when throwing combinations and Cordero was having her success when darting in with her quick feet and being the first to throw. Rivas got the crowd to its feet in the seventh round when she took some good punches from Cordero and continually banged her gloves together and wanted to fight more. Unfortunately for her; in those moments she was not throwing and instead getting outworked and taking damage. Cordero continued her success into the eighth round as she seems to have found her mark. Rivas, although looking like she is in great shape, has apparently not noticed that she is doing excellent work and easily winning the fight when she simply gets her punches off first from farther range, since she is so much longer. Rivas was very game but hurt by a Cordero onslaught early in the ninth round. It was the first time in the fight either fighter was hurt and Rivas held on to buy some time. She made it through the round just fine, with Cordero seeming like she was buying some time to recover energy herself - knowing she had the round in the bank already. Cordero coasted in the tenth and final round which may not have been the best decision considering she was getting outboxed earlier in the fight. The cards came in 96-94 Rivas, 95-95 for a MD, with Rivas retaining her title.
Next up was Alejandro Munera (3-0-1, 2KO’s) vs Jose Pacheco (2-0-1, 2KO’s). Both men were supremely confident but neither man was supremely skilled as the first round commenced. Pacheco was stiff as a board and Munera was fluid but couldn’t judge the distance very well. Both men were still trying their damnedest to land something of note Both men were rock ‘em sock ‘em robots by the time the third round hit and it was a pitiful showing but it actually got the crowd to their feet and cheering in the fifth round when Munera was windmilling and going for broke while Pacheco was trying to return in kind. Munera’s corner did a comical thing before the sixth and final round when his trainer pulled both legs up high, with Muneras back basically on the stool as he laid in an awkward reverse upright position while the towel was waved over him to try and get more life into him.
Carlos Adames (12-0, 10KO’s) vs Frank Rojas (21-0, 20KO’s) was for Adames’ WBA Fedelatin Welterweight Title. This fight was cancelled due to overweight.