World Boxing Federation title fights took place in Acapulco, Mexico and Los Angeles, California on Saturday night, with Ganigan Lopez and Jesus Cruz Bibiano winning WBF World titles, and locally-based Ukrainian Anatoliy Dudchenko lifting the Intercontinental Light Heavyweight championship.
In the main event at the Sports Acapulco Pacific Paradise in Acapulco, Ganigan “El Zurdo” Lopez lifted the vacant WBF World Light Flyweight title with a unanimous decision over fellow countryman Luis Ceja with scores of 117-111, 117-111 and 118-111.
Both men tried to take the initiative from the first bell, but Lopez proved to be the stronger of the two and successfully managed to move forward and force his opponent on the back-foot. From the fifth round Ceja fought with a nasty swelling on his right eyebrow, courtesy of several precise blows from Lopez, but he never looked discouraged and continued to fight his chance.
Knowing he was behind on the cards, “Gallo” Ceja tried to turn things around with more aggression in the late rounds, but it was not enough and at the final bell there was no doubt who would be crowned the new world champion. With the victory, Lopez took his professional ledger to 21-5 (14), and the game loser drops to 22-3-3 (18).
In the second WBF World title fight on the show, promoted by Baja Boxing, Promociones Del Pueblo and KO Entertainment, and aired Live throughout Mexico on Cadena 3, underdog Jesus Cruz Bibiano made the most of his first chance to become a world champion when he stopped fellow Mexican Cesar Vasquez in round eight to capture the vacant Super Featherweight title.
Despite a modest record of 9-9 (5) coming into the bout, Bibiano was clearly the superior fighter on the night, and after a calm start he managed to drop Vasquez (25-1, 16 KOs) with a perfect left hook and eventually stop him at 2:58 of the eight round.
Jesus Cruz Bibiano, looking in tremendous shape and fighting with admirable termination, was ecstatic with the victory, and proved that you can’t always judge a fighter by the number of wins and losses on his record.
At the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, Anatolyi Dudchenko defeated Tyrell Hendrix by seventh round technical knockout to win his careers first title, the WBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight, after a grueling battle in front of a packed house.
Dudchenko boxed well behind his jab, but the game Hendrix, fighting out of the famed Wild Card Boxing Club and with Freddy Roach in his corner, kept the fight close and competitive by getting close to his opponent and throwing good combinations.
In the second round Hendrix was cut over the right eye due to what was ruled an accidental clash of heads by referee Wayne Hedgepeth, and at the end of the third he was cut above both eyes with the right starting to swell up fast. But Hendrix never stopped trying, and it was entertaining all the way to the end.
The end came when Hendrix was unable to continue before the start of the eight round, and the new champion, Dudcenko, improved his professional record to 17-2-1 (11), while Hendrix fell to 9-2-2 (3). At the time of the stoppage, the three judges had Dudchenko ahead by 67-66, 68-65 and 70-63.
The show was promoted by Ed Holmes of All Star Boxing.