Payano dethrones longtime bantamweight champ Moreno
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
In the main event in Mesquite, Texas with Iron Mike in attendance, Juan Carlos Payano (16-0, 8KO) survived a nasty cut over his right eye to take the WBA Super Bantamweight Title from the champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (35-3-1, 12KO) after 6 rounds due to the cut. The cut occurred early in the fight from an accidental headbutt and had to be checked by the doctors in the 2nd round.
Payano came out like a bull from the opening bell and took the fight to Moreno in a very scrappy fight that saw Payano get warned multiple times from the referee for fouls. After the 6th round, the doctors decided the cut got worse and the fight was stopped. At the time of the stoppage, the scores read 59-55 and 58-56 for a unanimous decision for the new champion Payano.