Its SABADO SABADO SABADO and TyC is televising from Parque Eva Peron. As one would almost anticipate from a fight card held at a venue named after a famed female head of state, women take center stage. The main event was held between Fernanda Alegre and Chris Namus Corrales, a fight heightened in intensity by the nationalistic nature of the combatants (Argentina vs. Uruguay, Round 1 Million). This was for some sort of title belt, but hardly gave the impression of a world class boxing contest with the wide, squared stances and arm punching from both. Lots of bombs thrown, and Alegre wins for her native Argentina, running her record to 12-1-1, while Corrales' loss drops her record to 16-2.
Juan Manuel Bonanni fought Fernando Cleffi in a welterweight contest as the highlighted bout between men for the evening. Cleffi came in as the Uruguayan import to potentially give Bonnani another notch on his record. Cleffi offered only mediocre resistance en route to a losing effort against Bonanni. The Argentine fighter simply outworked his man over the course of a unremarkable 6 round fight. Much of the fight was found to be in close, with Bonnani landing significantly more punches over the distance of the fight. Neither man was ever seriously in trouble. Bonnani walked away with the unanimous decision and a record of 16-2-1. Cleffi falls to 6-2.
Maria Del Carmen Potenza met heavy favorite Debora Dionicius in the opener for the show. Dionicius is an defeated 6-0 fighter who's had plenty of TV time on the network since debuting. Potenza is a 42 year old fighter with a 6-13-1 record. This was not intended to be a serious test then for Dionicius, and certainly didn't play out as being one. Dionicius has generally been the larger fighter in the ring every time I've seen her, and this was no different. She generally kept off Potenza with the jab, landing clean power shots, and left Potenza looking like a rank amateur. I'm not impressed with the hand speed or power of Dionicius, but in the world of women's boxing, I don't know what is adequate or even good. Potenza at least can take in stride that she went the entire distance.
Also seen on the broadcast was a super bantamweight bout between Matias Mendoza and Diego Liriano. Liriano, a Dominican based boxer, was making his pro debut against the 0-3 Mendoza. but seemed to give up some significant size in this fight. However, he sat back in the pocket and used an appreciable hand speed advantage to win a 4 round decision. Miguel Villegas (7-16-1) found himself picking up another loss against one time bantamweight title challenger Diego Silva (25-2-3), being stopped in the 5th round in a 6 round contest used to fill remaining airtime.
In addition to the bouts shown on TV, highlights were shown from Friday night's Fabio Moli/Sebastian Ceballos bout. The Argentinian Heavyweight Title was up for grabs in this fight - Ceballos rolls and falls all over the place during the fight and complains of a knee injury caused by a light tap from Moli. Looks like an absolutely crap fight. Moli won and retained the title.