Rafael Espinoza successfully defends the WBO title and stopped Sergio Chirino in the fourth round | boxing news

Rafael “El Divino” Espinoza defended his WBO featherweight title for the first time with a fourth-round TKO over fellow Mexican Sergio Chirino.

Espinoza started off confidently, knocking down Chirino in the first round and again in the third round before sealing the match with a fourth-round knockout.

The 6’1″ featherweight destroyer (25-0, 21 KOs) sent Chirino to the canvas in the first round with a counter left.

In the third round, Espinoza unleashed a right hand that almost sent his compatriot against the ropes.

That soon marked the beginning of the end with a flurry of shots as Chirino (22-12, 13KOs) fell to the ground for the final time.

“From the beginning, the hunger I have to succeed, to be better and to move forward was evident. I gave my heart and it showed,” Espinoza said.

“I like to throw punches and show people what they want to see, which is action. That’s why I kept going as soon as the first round started.

“I’m here. It’s my moment. The moment of ‘El Divino’. I want to join and I want big challenges.”

Cortés Bordes Nova

Andrés “Savage” Cortés (22-0, 12 KOs) dug deep in the junior lightweight co-main event to beat former world title challenger Abraham Nova (23-3, 16 KOs) by unanimous decision.

After months of trash talk, the action was tense in an even matchup.

Cortes took an early lead in the early rounds by pushing forward from a high guard to land hooks and rights to Nova’s head and body, and was successful with an inside right hook.

Nova began to find his rhythm when Cortes began to tire in the eighth round and surprised him with a right hand in the ninth round.

However, Nova’s energetic late attack was not enough, with Cortés scoring 97-93, 2x and 96-94.

“I knew he was a tough competitor. He just went 12 rounds with a world champion. So I knew it would be tough,” Cortés said.

“He called me a dirty fighter, but he was very dirty in there. All those headbutts and stuff. But it was a good fight. No excuses. I dug deep and got the win.”

Nova said, in response: “I started off a little slow. But then I picked up my pace. I came in and did what I had to do. He hit me behind the head a lot.

“This is boxing. All I have to do is go back to the drawing board, fix a couple things and come back.”

Isley wins battle of former amateur rivals

Troy Isley (13-0, 5 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact by scoring a unanimous decision over Javier Martínez (10-1-1, 3 KOs).

Isley secured the North American Boxing Organization (NABO) title with scores of 97-91, 2x and 96-92.

The pair had split four fights as amateurs, but as professionals, it was Isley’s constant aggression and smart boxing that put him in the lead.

Martinez resorted to low blows in the seventh round, earning a point deducted, and Isley did the same in the ninth round.

Martinez attempted a late attack in the final two rounds, but Isley stayed ahead to claim the victory.

“His two wins over me as an amateur meant nothing. The talent gap showed. We’re looking at bigger things now. I want the champions soon,” Isley said.

Other results

Bantamweight: Floyd Díaz (12-0, 3 KOs) earned his second victory of the year with an eight-round points victory over Mexican veteran Francisco Pedroza (18-12-2, 10 KOs).

Scores: 78-73, 3x.

Junior Light Weight: DJ Zamora III (13-0, 9 KOs) achieved a skillful unanimous decision victory over José Antonio Meza (9-10, 2 KOs) after eight rounds of sustained action.

Scores: 80-72, 2x and 79-73.

Junior bantamweight: Steven Navarro (2-0, 1 KOs) dazzled in his Top Rank debut and scored a unanimous decision victory over Juan Pablo Meza (7-4, 2 KOs).

Scores: 60-54, 3x.

Middleweight: Bryan Polish (7-0, 5 KOs) stopped Richard Acevedo (6-1-1, 5 KOs) in the third round of a scheduled six-round bout.

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