American airways core in Dallas, Texas – Felix “El Gemelo” Alvarado (36-2, 31 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua defended his IBF junior flyweight world championship with a technical knockout victory against former a hundred and five-pound champion DeeJay Kriel (sixteen-2-1, 8 KOs) of Gauteng, South Africa.
The combat changed into stopped at 1:39 of the tenth round.
Alvarado appeared to be on his way to a knockout in the early rounds – when he dropped Kriel twice in four rounds.
Kriel become capable of leap back, displaying heart via combating and making an attempt to rally down the stretch as the fight continued.
all over the 2d half of the contest, Alvarado caught a 2d wind and started to punish Kriel with extra vigour punch combinations until the referee had considered satisfactory and stepped in to wave off the competition.
“I knew this would be a tough fight. He became a compulsory challenger and a former world champion, so I knew it will be complicated. I bought slightly tired, but that became because of his journey,” Alvarado stated.
“I additionally dropped him with a hook, and i didn’t even are expecting for a punch like that to land. however in preference to maintain hunting for that punch, I saved pushing him to the ropes to wear him down. I’m very satisfied to obtain this win since it is a dream come authentic for the Alvarado brothers to battle on the identical card.”
And now Alvarado is hoping to face one of the crucial other world champions in the weight category.
“I need any of the other world champions so i can demonstrate who is the most appropriate within the division,” Alvarado noted.
additionally on the cardboard, welterweight prospect Raul “Cougar” Curiel (9-0, 7 KOs) of Tampico, Mexico scored a second-circular technical knockout victory in opposition t Ramses Agaton (22-13-three, 12 KOs) of Tlalnepantla, Mexico in a scheduled 10-circular fight.
The battle was stopped at 1:sixteen of the aforementioned round.
“I felt truly decent and robust,” spoke of Curiel. “I felt that my opponent was slightly heavy. however I’m satisfied that i used to be able to convey a great efficiency. I’m capable for any opponent that they carry to me at welterweight.”