Francisco Quirez became the Dominican Republic's sixth champion fighter when he knocked out Mexico's Lupe Madera to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) junior flyweight title on May 19.
FRANCISCO QUIREZ (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) - BLUE SHORTS v LUPE MADERA (MEXICO) RED SHORTS)
1. Ninth Round: GV Boxers enter into several clinches, separated by referee each time. (3 SHOTS) 1.09
2. SVs Quirez catches Madera with right hand jabs, crowd gets excited. Quirez fells Madera with left and right hand combination. (5 SHOTS) 1.54
3. GV Crowd goes wild, Quirez hoisted on to shoulders in the ring. (2 SHOTS) 2.00
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Background: MARACAIBO, VENEZUELA
Francisco Quirez became the Dominican Republic's sixth champion fighter when he knocked out Mexico's Lupe Madera to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) junior flyweight title on May 19. Madera failed to rise from the canvas after being caught by a string of solid punches in the ninth round. Quirez, almost unknown two months ago, appeared to be tiring after Madera put him under pressure in the early rounds. He found his form in the seventh round, and in the eight he caught the champion with a succession of hooks and crosses. The knockout came when, two minutes into the ninth round, Quirez surprised Madera with a couple of right hands before smashing him to the floor with a vicious left hook. Madera never looked like beating American referee Larry Hazzard's count. After ther fight, the defeated Mexican announced his retirement from the ring. The fight itself almost did not take place after Madera's representatives demanded 50,000 US dollars from Venezuelan promoter Rafito Cedeno before their man climbed into the ring.
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