Carlos Cuadras W12 Pedro Guevara... Former 115-pound champion Carlos “Príncipe” Cuadras won the WBC interim super flyweight belt, defeating fellow Mexican Pedro Guevara by split decision this Friday at the closing of the WBC Convention in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In the cavernous Humo Arena, where trumpets were blaring and drums were beating, more than fifteen thousand fans saw Cuadras score the first knockdown of the fight midway through the second round, dropping Guevara with a cracking left hook. Guevara, a former 108-pound title holder, got up quickly, recovered well and fought back for the rest of the round. Little by little, Cuadras slowed down, sapped by the punishment that Guevara inflicted with body shots.
In the sixth round Cuadras (41-5-1 with 28 KOs) seemed to get his second wind and once again sent his foe to the canvas. With scores announced after four and eight rounds, Guevara realized he was trailing and tried a late charge. His left jabs and body shots were landing. But the overhead rights from Cuadras and work rate were a touch sharper and more decisive. The judges’ scores were 116-110 and 115-111, while a third judge scored 115-111 for Guevara. Guevara’s record is now at 40-4-1, with 22 knockouts.
Cuadras will now face the WBC super flyweight champion, Juan Francisco Estrada (44-3, 28 knockouts).