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Montes Regains WBF World Title, Sanchez Retains



Two exciting World Boxing Federation World title fights took place on Saturday September 22 in Cortázar, Guanajuato, Mexico, as Juan Jose Montes became a two-time world champion by winning the vacant World Super Flyweight title, and Women’s World Flyweight Champion Irma Sanchez successfully defended her crown for the fourth time.

Montes, who was forced to give up the WBF World title this past June when he failed to make weight before a defense, won a unanimous decision over Oscar Ibarra, the man he also defeated when he first won the title in February.

Their first encounter was one of the best WBF title fights in recent memory, and the rematch was, while not quite as wild, also a real crowd-pleaser. However, Montes was this time clearly the better man and seemed to have things under control most of the way, as Ibarra struggled to keep up but always kept things interesting with brave attacks.

After twelve highly entertaining rounds, judges Francisco Navarro, Enrique Sotelo and Martin Godinez scored the bout unanimously in favor of Juan Jose Montes: 119-109, 119-110 and 118-111. The new champion improved his record to 23-2-1 (14), and Ibrarra fell to 27-8 (18).

In the co-feature, Irma “La Guerita” Sanchez retained her WBF World Flyweight title by out-pointing tough former World Champion Carina Moreno from USA. As expected, it turned out to be a very competitive fight, and the defending champion had to give it her all to defeat the experienced American.

Sanchez was the sharper of the two, but despite connecting with many hard and precise shots on Moreno, the former multiple weight champion never looked discouraged and kept on coming for more. Moreno had her own share of success, and the spectators were often kept on the edge of their seats as the two boxers traded blows.

In the end judges Navaro, Sotelo and Godinez had it 96-94, 97-97, 97-93 for Sanchez, who improved her professional ledger to 25-5-1 (7). Moreno dropped to 22-5 (6).

The show, staged at the Unidad Deportivo Norte, was promoted by HG Boxing in cooperation with Promociones Del Pueblo and Baja Boxing. Televisa televised live throughout Mexico.