Multiple Latino and Argentine champion, and former world title challenger, star Marcelo “El Terrible” Cóceres, destroyed heavy puncher Nelson “El Zurdito” Rosalez, by a strong technical knockout in the second round, and conquered the World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedebol super middleweight vacant title, at the main event of an exciting boxing night on Thursday, June 17th, at the Microestadio Municipal, in Hurlingham, Buenos Aires, Argentina, promoted by Argentina Boxing Promotions, of Mario Margossian, televised live on TyC Sports.
The co main event of the evening, featuring Argentinian, South American and World Boxing Council (WBC) Latino cruiserweight champion, two-time olympian and unbeaten prospect Yamil Peralta, against undefeated Damián Muñoz, had to be cancelled only minutes before it, because Muñoz being unable to fight, due to suffering fever, pain and was extremely fatigued, reason why he was sent to an ER to have further medical exams.
In an explosive performance, Cóceres (30-2-1, 16 KOs), 30 years old, from Villaguay, Entre Ríos, devastated Rosalez (5-4, 5 KOs), 23, from San Rafael, Mendoza, who was unable to do anything about it. After dominating the first round, the former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Latino super welterweight champion, WBC Latino, World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino and WBA Fedebol middleweight champion, as well as Argentinian super middleweight monarch, stepped on the accelerator in the second. Against a much bigger and taller opponent as Rosalez (6′ 2″ vs. 5′ 11½″), “El Terrible” connected a powerful right cross to the jaw, with which he sent him down. Without letting him breath, he went all over him and in the following action discharged a barrage of punches ending with a vicious left cross to the temple, sending him down again, almost without reaction, and forcing referee Gerardo Poggi to stop the bout at 1’:54” of the chapter.
With this result, Cóceres, who weighed 167.3 lbs. -but is a natural middleweight-, who on November 9th, 2019, was stopped after a war by British Billy Joe Saunders in the eleventh round for the WBO world super middleweight title in Los Angeles, California, and after that conquered the Argentine belt after dominating Sebastián Papeschi by unanimous decision, but lost it in a highly controversial split decision, obtains a new belt. With his victory over Rosalez (164.5 lbs.), he is ready for more.
PERALTA-MUÑOZ CANCELLED DUE TO MUÑOZ UNABLE TO FIGHT
The co main event of the evening, featuring Argentinian, South American and WBC Latino cruiserweight champion, two-time olympian and unbeaten prospect Yamil Peralta (199.9 lbs. and 9-0, 4 KOs), against undefeated Damián Muñoz (196.8 lbs. and 5-0, 4 KOs), in a bout in cruiserweight division, scheduled to six rounds, had to be cancelled.
Only minutes before fighting, Muñoz indicated he was suffering fever, pain and was extremely fatigued. The doctor attended him immediately and verified his state, so Muñoz was sent to an ER to have further medical exams.
That’s why the 29-year-old and Argentinian representative in London 2012 -where he reached quarter finals- and Rio de Janeiro 2016, #15 of the WBC cruiserweight ranking, will have to wait for a new date.
HERRERA AND GARCÍA END IN A DRAW, CAMPOS STOPS JUÁREZ
Beyond the main fight, a heated card was been prepared to complete the night. In lightweight division, Nicolás Herrera (132.4 lbs. and 7-2-2, 3 KOs), from Buenos Aires, and Matías García (and 132.2 lbs. and 5-1-2), from Buenos Aires, in fought to a draw by majority decision after six rounds. The scorecards were: Ángel Gorreri 57-57, Alejandro Bokser 58-57 for Herrera, and Javier Geido 57-57.
In super middleweight division, Néstor Campos (168 lbs. and 4-2, 4 KOs), from Buenos Aires, took out Juan “Poroto” Juárez (168 lbs. and 19-6, 14 KOs), from Buenos Aries, by a strong technical knockout in the fifth round, after causing him a standing count in the fourth and forcing him to quit in the fifth.
Finally, in super bantamweight division, Leonardo Virzi (118.8 lbs. and 1-0-0-1 nc, 1 KO), from Buenos Aires, and Alejandro Farías (118.1 lbs. and 1-0-0-1 nc), from Buenos Aires, ended in no contest in the first round, due to an accidental clash of heads which caused a big swelling on Virzi’s forehead.