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American boxer – Arnold Barboza Jr. continued to show why he is ranked as the world’s ninth best active lightweight by The Ring Magazine having toppled Antonio Moran to retain his WBO International junior welterweight title at the Hard Rock Casino in San Antonio last Saturday.

Barboza [26-0, 10 KOs] battered Antonio Moran [26-5-1, 19 KOs] in the early rounds but the Mexican veteran did not relent despite fighting with swollen face and cut on his nose.

The American kept his A-game intact and emerged victorious via a one-sided unanimous decision [99-91 2x and 100-90].

In his post fight interview, Barboza said Antonio Moran proved that he is a true Mexican warrior:

“Moran is a true Mexican warrior. I thought I’d get the knockout, but he ate a lot of punches.

“My goal is to get that world title shot, but I am going to keep going until I make that a reality. I want any of the big names at 140 pounds.”

Below is the results of other fights on the night:

Bantamweight: Jason Moloney [22-2, 18 KOs] UD 10 Joshua Greer Jr. [22-3-2, 12 KOs]. Scores: 98-92 2x and 96-94. A little more than nine months after losing to pound-for pound great Naoya Inoue, Australia’s Moloney re-entered the world title picture with a workmanlike decision over Chicago native Greer. Moloney, a two-time world title challenger, heated up after a slow start and outfought Greer with his counterpunching and devoted body attack. Now the WBC Silver bantamweight champion, Moloney is on the hunt for a third world title shot.

Heavyweight: Trey Lippe Morrison [18-0, 17 KOs] UD 6 Don Haynesworth [16-7-1, 14 KOs]. Scores: 60-54 3x. Tulsa native Lippe Morrison, son of the late Tommy Morrison, didn’t give the hometown fans a knockout, but they left happy after a shutout decision.

Junior Lightweight: Karlos Balderas [10-1, 9 KOs] TKO 2 Fidel Cervantes [9-2-1,4 KOs], 2:03. Balderas is back. The 2016 U.S. Olympian, making his first appearance since a December 2019 knockout loss, blasted Cervantes in his Top Rank debut. Balderas knocked down Cervantes in the opening round and nearly had him out, but Cervantes somehow survived and stumbled out for the second. The end was near, and with less than a minute remaining in the round, referee Gary Ritter halted the one-way traffic.

By Francis Aduo

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