Cintron stops Suarez in five to win IBF welterweight title
Comebacking Kermit Cintron (27-1, 25 KOs) from Puerto Rico won the vacant IBF welterweight title Saturday night at the Palm Beach Convention Center from Riverside, Californiaâ€™s Mark Suarez (25-3, 18 KOs), forcing referee Frank Santore Jr. to call a halt to the action at 2:53 of round five.
Although both fighters had their moments, especially early on, Cintron pretty much controlled the action and the judgesâ€™ scorecards from the opening bell.
Since his devastating loss to Antonio Margarito in April 2005, Cintron has won his last three bouts. The victory over Suarez ends the Californianâ€™s seven-fight win streak.
In undercard results, junior flyweight Mauricio Pastrana (33-7-2, 21 KOs) scored a first-round KO at 2:29 over Osvaldo Cedeno (13-8-2, 8 KOs). Cruiserweight Ramon Garbey (18-4, 13 KOs) scored a unanimous six-round decision over James Brock (13-37-3, 4 KOs). Middleweight Aaron Pryor Jr. (7-0, 5 KO), son of the hall of fame fighter, stopped Timothy Hall (4-3, 3 KOs) at 1:55 of the sixth round. Read more at the BLOG
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