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Rocky Junior Latino Champ as Matos is Disqualified

 
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January 8, 2012 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

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What was supposed to be a clash between Brazil and Argentina, turned out to be a local encounter when Alejandro Moreno pulled out at late notice and left Rocky Junior with the challenge of taking on countryman Idiozan Matos instead on Saturday night at the Corpo Em Acao in Maceio, Brazil for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ Latino Middleweight title.

 
 

Staged by newly formed promotional entity Italian Twins Promotions, in association with main sponsor Acquazero Car Wash, Junior vs. Matos was the first UBO title fight in Brazil under a new cooperation with the country’s main boxing federation CBBoxe.
 

Coming off knockout victories in two title fights, Matos didn’t enter the bout just for a pay-day as he took the fight to Junior and pressured the hometown man, who seemed uninspired at times and struggled to find his rhythm against his lanky foe.


Against all expectations Matos looked better prepared than Junior, despite taking the job only a few days earlier.
 

Junior did well in spurts, but Matos often finished the rounds well and halfway through the fight it was obvious that Junior needed a Plan B if he were to please his many fans at ringside with a victory.


As the next few rounds passed, it was even clear that Junior would be hard pressed to be able to win a decision as Matos continued to dominate.

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In round eight, with Matos seemingly on his way to victory, the two boxers were tangled in a clinch when referee Diego Guida called for them to break. As Junior pulled away, Matos fired off a hard right hand before Guida had allowed them to box on, and connected with such force that Junior went down and wasn’t able to continue, leaving Guida with no choice but to disqualify Matos and declare Rocky Junior the winner.

Despite the unsatisfactory ending, it was a good fight, and perhaps a rematch will be easy to put together due to the controversy. Rocky Junior, now the UBO Latino Middleweight Champion, improved his record to 12-2 (6), and Matos dropped to 17-15 (11).  

 

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