Boxing Results: Christopher “Pollo” Lopez and David “El General” Cuellar Win!
By Ken Hissner: At the Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Saturday, Oswaldo Kuchle (Promociones del Pueblo) presented over ESPN+ in the co-Main Event Christopher Lopez defeated Franklin Manzanilla for the vacant WBA International Super Bantam title.
In the main event, David “El General” Cuellar Contreras knocked out former WBO Mini champion Moises “Moy” Fuentes in the sixth round for the vacant WBC Youth Silver Super Fly title.
In the co-main event, Christopher “Pollo” Lopez, 14-0-1 (10), of Guadalajara, MEX, defeated Franklin Manzanilla, 20-7 (19), of Barranquilla, COL, over ten rounds, for the vacant WBA International Super Bantamweight title.
In the third round, what looked like a knockdown when Lopez landed a right on the chin and down went Manzanilla. The referee ruled a non-knockdown for some reason. In the fourth round, Lopez drove Manzanilla several feet back with a wild left on the chin. Both were throwing wild punches. At the end of the fifth, Lopez screamed at Manzanilla after an exchange.
In the sixth, at the halfway point, after one warning, Manzanilla again hit Lopez on the back of the head, which caused the referee to take a point from him. Near the end of the round, a left glancing hook on the head from Lopez dropped Manzanilla, who complained it was a foul. Lopez suffered a cut on top of his head by the end of the round.
In the eighth round, with forty seconds remaining, a left hook from Lopez on the chin and down went Manzanilla but quickly up taking the 8-count. He managed to get through the round. In the tenth and final round, Manzanilla came storming out for the first thirty seconds, landing well.
By the end of the round, Lopez was back in control with both landing punches at the bell before the referee separated them. Both corners came out throwing punches until the referee stopped them.
Scores were 95-93, 97-91, and 98-89, with this writer 100-87.
In the main event, David “El General” Cuellar, 20-0 (13), of Queretaro, MEX, knocked out former WBO Mini champion Moises “Moy” Fuentes, 25-7-1 (14), of Mexico City, MEX, at 2:11 of the 6th round, for vacant WBC Youth Silver Super Fly title.
In the third round, a big right on the chin from Cuellar drove Fuentes into the ropes, but the referee didn’t count it as a knockdown. In the fifth round, Cuellar almost had the right eye of Fuentes closed.
In the sixth round, a wicked left hook from Cuellar on the chin and down went Fuentes on his back as the referee immediately waved it off as Fuentes lay there. He was taken from the ring on a stretcher.
Welterweight 2012 Olympian Bronze Medalist southpaw Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk, 19-0 (11), of Makeyevka, UKR and L.A., CA, stopped late sub Ernesto “El Junior” Espana, 31-3-1 (26), of Caracas, VZ, at 2:45 of the tenth and final round.
In the third round Shelestyuk, in the final minute, started connecting to the chin of Espana with right hooks and lead lefts. At the midway point of the fourth round, Shelestyuk landed a left, right combination to the chin stunning Espana. He continued dominating the round against the slapping Espana.
In the fifth through the seventh, Shelestyuk at times put his lands to his side, luring in Espana and completely out, landing him once in the final minute of the seventh, getting the attention of Espana. It was the most offensive Espana has been. In the eighth round, it was all Shelestyuk stunning Espana with a left to the body actually lifting one of his feet off the canvas.
In the ninth round, halfway through, Shelestyuk landed half a dozen unanswered punches to the chin of Espana. The action picked up from both fighters, with both egging the other to mix it up, and both retaliated.
In the tenth and final round, Espana went down, which was ruled Shelestyuk stepped on his foot a minute into the round. It seemed to stir Shelestyuk on feeling it was a knockdown. In the final minute, he opened up on Espana, whose face showed swelling under both eyes. Shelestyuk, in the last thirty seconds, landed a flurry of punches to the head, causing the referee to step in possibly too premature with seconds left in the final round.
Super Featherweight Alberto Mora, 1-0 (1), of Mexico City, MEX, stopped Nestor Mejia Medina, 0-1-1, of Mexico City, MEX, at 1:06 of the second round with a pair of knockdowns of a scheduled four rounds.
In the first round, it was all Mora with Medina standing his ground, taking shots well. In the final seconds, a left uppercut from Mora on the chin and down went Medina. As the referee gave the 8-count and resumed action, the bell sounded.
In the second round, just inside a minute, Mora had the nose of Medina bleeding and swelling under his left eye. A left hook dropped Medina. He was up quickly as the referee wisely called a halt.
The ring announcer was Jimmy Lennon, Jr.
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