In under-the-radar action this past weekend, Knockout CP Freshmart retained his WBC minimumweight title and Puerto Rico’s Jeyvier Cintron avenged a No Contest to established himself as the WBO mandatory super flyweight champion.
I probably should have written these up when they happened, but between EVO and waking up at 4:00 AM to cover MMA on Friday, I think I can be forgiven some slowness.
Keeping up the headbutt theme established by Cintron’s (11-0, 5 KO) previous fight, Knockout (20-0, 7 KO) defeated 19-year-old Filipino ArAr Andales (10-1, 2 KO) via eight-round technical decision. According to The Ring, Andales came out firing, lost momentum when the champion slowed the pace, and then re-established control as Knockout struggled with a seemingly headbutt-induced cut. A second cut forced a halt to proceedings in the eighth, ending things in Knockout’s favor. Andales’ promoter claimed that the cuts Knockout suffered were due to punches, but good luck convincing the Thai commission to overturn that.
Countryman and fellow champion Wanheng Menayothin recently announced his intention to take his talents stateside, so Knockout technically rules the Thai roost at the moment. Would be nice to see him go international too, though.
Cintron saw his first fight with Koki Eto (24-5, 19 KO) end abruptly via first-round headbutt NC, but that may have proven a blessing; the sequel was upgraded to an eliminator, and the 24-year-old is now Kazuto Ioka’s number-one contender after dominating Eto in Kissimmee. Cintron dropped Eto in the second and ultimately won nine of 10 rounds on all three scorecards.