Bleeding Gonzalez retained WBC title over Guyana’s Atwell

Mexican Jhonny Gonzalez
Mexican Jhonny Gonzalez

[] – Mexican Jhonny Gonzalez lost some blood but retained his WBC featherweight title at the weekend.

The Mexican veteran beat Clive Atwell from Guyana on a technical decision when the bout in Acapulco was stopped in the tenth round.

Gonzalez, 32, was cut near the left eye in a clash of heads and was unable to continue. He was leading 99-89, 96-92 and 98-90 at that stage. His professional record improved to 56-8, including 48 victories inside the distance. Atwell fell to 12-1, with one draw and seven knockouts.

The champion was making his first defence since he knocked out Abner Mares to take the title.

In another tournament in Mexico, former WBC light-flyweight champion Edgar Sosa recorded the 50th win of his professional career. The 34-year-old Mexican beat Omar Salado, who was unable to come out for the fifth round of the fight in Tijuana.

Sosa, who has also held the WBC international and silver flyweight titles, has lost eight times and won 30 of his fights inside the distance. Salado’s record fell to 24-8, with 15 knockouts.

On the same card, David Sanchez claimed the WBA interim super-flyweight title when he beat Breilor Teran over 12 rounds.

Sanchez, who improved his record to 25-2-2, failed to add to his 19 shortcut wins, but won 116-111 on each of the scorecards. Teran, who took a count in the eleventh round, dropped to 13-10-1, with six knockouts.



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