Venezuelan Luis "Lumumba" Estaba, world Boxing Council's light flyweight champion, successfully defended his crown against Mexican challenger Leo Palacios in Caracas on Saturday night, 14 February.
LV Fight in early rounds with Leo Palacios (wearing black shorts) attacking tentatively
SV Fight in progress with Palacios attacking but Estaba defending well and landing better punches
SV Palacios pins Estaba on the ropes, and both boxers exchange blows furiously, until referee separates them
SV Referee separating fighters at end of the bout
SV Crowd and referee holding up Estaba's hand
HIGHLIGHTS OF FIGHT: REFEREE SEPARATING FIGHTERS AT FINISH AND DECLARING ETABA WINNER.
Initials CL/1650 CL/1703
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Background: Venezuelan Luis "Lumumba" Estaba, world Boxing Council's light flyweight champion, successfully defended his crown against Mexican challenger Leo Palacios in Caracas on Saturday night, 14 February.
In front of his home crowd, the 38-year-old veteran built up a big points lead over Palacios, fifteen years his junior, in the opening and middle rounds.
His lead was big enough to ensure a unanimous points decision, even after tiring in the final two rounds and having to ward off an onslaught by the Mexican.
Referee Isidro Rodriguez gave Estaba a 149 to 138 points win, and the Venezuelan judges Antonio Marino and Ladislao Sanchez gave the champion 150-140 and 148-142 respectively.
Estaba last defended his title in september last year against Paraguayan Raphael Lovera.