Calderon wins 12-round unanimous decision
Ivan Calderon of Puerto Rico earned an unanimous decision over
Mexico’s Jesus Iribe in the WBO Junior Flyweight Championship in
Theatre at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Calderon was knocked down with a hard right hand in the second
round, but used movement and slickness to win most of the remaining
“I got hit hard and went down in the second round, but I knew
good movement would beat him,” Calderon said.
The 35-year-old Calderon (34-0-1, 6 KOs) is considered one of
the best pure boxers in the world, but because he fights at junior
flyweight and doesn’t have much knockout power, he has flown under
the radar for much of his career.
The judges scored it 118-109, 118-109, 116-111 for Calderon.
He was making the sixth defense of the WBO title he won in
August 2007, when he earned a close split decision over Hugo Fidel
Cazares in Puerto Rico. It has been a rough title reign, though,
with Calderon’s past three fights stopped early because of deep
cuts from accidental headbutts. One was ruled a draw and Calderon
won the other two on scorecards.
Iribe (16-7-5, 10 KOs) was not expected to give Calderon much of
a challenge, having lost his only two other title fights. Edgar
Sosa beat him by lopsided unanimous decision in February 2002, and
Brian Viloria did likewise last August.