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

rounds.

“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.