Venezuelan boxer Betulio Gonzalez won back the World Flyweight title he lost last year when he outpointed Mexican Miguel Canto over 15 rounds in Maracaibo on Saturday (August 4).
SV Canto in white shorts into ring
SV Gonzalez in black shorts being introduced
SV Fight in progress, with Gonzalez doing most of the attacking & Canto backing out of trouble
SV Fight continues with Gonzalez still on attack and trying to uppercut Canto
SCU Crowd standing as Gonzalez is led from ring (3 shots)
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Background: Venezuelan boxer Betulio Gonzalez won back the World Flyweight title he lost last year when he outpointed Mexican Miguel Canto over 15 rounds in Maracaibo on Saturday (August 4).
The title had been left vacant when Thailand's Venice Borkorsor, who beat Gonzalez last year, failed to give the Venezuelan a rematch and was stripped of the title.
Gonzalez, with a one pound weight advantage, opened aggressively, and by the second round had opened a cut on Canto's face. But the Mexican made up some ground during the middle rounds of the contest. When they were both on their feet at the end of the contest, two of the judges scored Gonzalez the winner on points, the third judge made it even.
SYNOPSIS: Venezuelan fight fans in Maracaibo got a treat on Saturday when the contest for the vacant World Flyweight Title was staged there. Mexico's Miguel Canto, in the white shorts, was fighting local hero Betulio Gonzalez, who brought the title to Venezuela before being beaten last year.
Gonzalez, in the black shorts, went into the ring with a one pound weight advantage. He started aggressively, and by the second round had opened a cut on Canto's face. But the Mexican was later to fight back, cutting down Gonzalez' points lead in the middle rounds.
Towards the end of the fight, the pace slackened and both fighters tired visibly. But they still came out for a storming fifteenth and final round.
Crowds swarmed into the ring as soon as the judges awarded the world title to the Venezuelan Gonzalez by a two-to-one majority. Gonzalez originally lost the title last year to Thailand's Venice Borkorsor. The championship was stripped from the Thai boxer when he failed to give Gonzalez a return fight.