By Randy De La O
A big, big night for El Paso and New Mexico Boxing fans last night at the Auditorio Centanario in Torreon, Mexico. Heavyweight David "Nino" Rodriguez (31-0, 29 KO's) won a hard fought battle against Venezuela's Manuel Alberto Pucheta (23-4, 17 KO's), stopping him in the seventh round, to win the vacant NABA Heavyweight title, "Puchet came to fight and was in no way intimidated. It was a very entertaining fight" said trainer Louie Burke.
Las Cruce's own, Austin Trout (17-0, 13 KOs) did his part last night by knocking out Martin Avila (9-5, 3 KO's) of Juarez, in the fifth round, winning the WBA Continental America's Jr. Middleweight title. Abie Han (3-0, 3 KO's) took care of his guy, stopping Juan Carlos Ochoa (0-1) in the first round.
Congratulations to all the fighters and their trainer, Louie Burke.
In the maint event, Durango native, Cristian Mijares (36-5-2, 15 KO's) lost via a 12 round split decision to Panama's Nehomar Cermeño (17-0, 10 KOs). Cermeño won the WBA interim 118 pound title in their bantamweight matchup. The scores were 116-112, 115-113 for Cermeño, 117-111 for Mijares.