On Wednesday night in Santa Domingo, Dominican fighter Alberto Puello, who holds the WBA’s interim-super lightweight world title, used his advantages in technique and overall skill to retain his belt by unanimous decision over twelve rounds against tough Mexican challenger Jesús Antonio Rubio.
For Puello it was the second defense of his crown, which he captured from Jonathan Alonso by unanimous decision in twelve rounds in July 2019.
Puello sent Rubio to the canvas with a right hook at the end of the first round, which made everyone think that the fight would not reach the distance.
However, Rubio recovered by the second round and stood up to the champion, who varied his attacks with hard punches to the head and body.
In the end, the three judges saw Puello a 120-107 winner.
“I want to thank God for helping me with my career,” Puello said.
“For a moment I thought I was going to take him [by knockout], but boxing is unpredictable; he recovered [from the knockdown] and put up a good fight.”
Puello, 26-years-old, said that at “no time” was he hurt in the fight, but admitted that he “got a little tired” by the end.
In the co-feature, Puello’s countryman, Erick ‘Mini PacMan’ Rosa (4-0), captured the interim-WBA minimumweight (105 pounds) title that was vacant, by defeating Peruvian Ricardo Astuvilca by unanimous decision over twelve rounds .
The 21-year-old Rosa picked up a world title in just his fourth professional contest.
The fight was even throughout with the two boxers exchanging their best blows.
In the fourth round, Astuvilca brushed his left against Rosa, who suffered a misstep and went down to the canvas with the referee issuing an eight count. That occurrence made Rosa express his displeasure with the officiating, as he complained that it was a slip.
The experience of the 32-year-old Astuvilca was noticed in the ring and it forced Rosa to box more cautiously.
That strategy paid off, with Rosa ending the undefeated streak of Astuvilca, who saw his record drop to 21-1 and four knockouts.
“I am very proud to be Dominican, to reach a world championship that makes me the first in Latin America and the fourth in the world to do so with less than five professional fights,” said Rosa.