Boxing -- and a look at how World Junior flyweight Champion Luis 'Lumumba' Estaba of Venezuela successfully retained his title on Sunday (21 August) against Mexican challenger Juanito Alvarez.
GV: fight in progress in round six of World Junior Flyweight title fight between Juanito Alvarez of Mexico (white man) and Luis 'Lumumba' Estaba of Venezuela in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela.
GV: crowd cheering
GV: Alvarez rising from canvas in round seven and fight continuing.
SV: official signalling round 11.
GV: Alvarez leaning against ropes; referee declaring Estaba the winner; and cheering crowds invading ring.
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Background: Boxing -- and a look at how World Junior flyweight Champion Luis 'Lumumba' Estaba of Venezuela successfully retained his title on Sunday (21 August) against Mexican challenger Juanito Alvarez. It was the ninth time that Estaba had defended his title.
SYNOPSIS: The fight took place on home grounds for the Venezuelan negra, in the town of Puerto La Cruz. The visiting Mexican put up a fierce bid for the crown, but by the sixth round he was tiring, although he still managed to drive Estaba back several times, However, the champion's greater experience came through, and he was piling up points with right hooks constantly finding their mark.
By the seventh round, the partisan home crowd were sensing victory for the local hero. Alvarez was struggling to stay on his feet, and although he carried on with plucky counter-attacks it seemed to be the beginning of his end.
Round eleven was the end. The starting bell had already gone, but the referee noticed a cut over the Mexican's eye and stopped the match. Estaba, who won his title in 1975, was still the World Boxing Council Junior Flyweight champion.