Abel Sanchez went three for three, with 154-pound contender Michel Soro and his two other charges getting wins in Marseille, France on Saturday.
“Like I thought and told you easy decision or late stoppage, John Vera is a good young fighter but not ready for this level,” Sanchez messaged from France. “He was not fully ready, but be will be better because of this fight. I fought Soro with one of my other champions (Zauerbek Baysangurov in Ukraine) and took his 0, and that made Soro a better fighter.”
Soro snagged a UD12, for the record. The 30-year-opld French resident holds a WBA interim belt, raising his mark to 32-2-1.
And how was Vera?
“Vera is a swift left-hander, has decent handspeed and good mobility, but slowly Soro broke him down, the last four rounds were very dificult for Vera, especially the last minute of the rounds; he was very brave, but there were moments when a stoppage could have happened, he took a lot clean shots.”
As for his other two, “Louis Toutin (super middle; age 20; beat Bernard Donfack in round 3 stoppage; from France) looked much improved, and Arsen Goulamirian fought the number two contender, he was 24-0, just beat him down and stopped him in 10, fought a much improved smarter fight,” said GGG and Murat Gassiev’s trainer. The winner, from Armenia, rises to 23-0 and holds a WBA cruiser crown with his W over Ryan Merhy.