Boxer Yamileth Mercado makes history and conquers world title


By David Torres González

Mexican boxer Yamileth Mercado made history by proclaiming herself the first Chihuahua to be world champion after beating the Kenyan Fatuma Zarika unanimously and stripping her of the supergallo scepter of the World Boxing Council (WBC).

Before a full in the Poliforo of Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, "Yeimi" Mercado was left with the victory after ten rounds to be imposed on the cards by 99-91, 98-92 and 98-92 and become a new champion.

With full support from his fans and looking to settle accounts after his defeat last year in Kenya, Yeimi Mercado sought from the beginning to connect an African woman who tried to propose the fight to defend his scepter.

The fans surrendered completely to the hostess with shouts of "Mexico, Mexico" and cheered after each blow that struck an African who sought to press, but the challenger responded in a good way.

Comfortable about the ring, Mercado was pressured by a rival who did little damage, so the Mexican was approaching her coronation before an opponent who did not offer what was expected.

Mercado was encouraged in the eighth round and effectively connected Zarika, which he led against the ropes in the ninth to punish her with two hands and take another step towards victory.

Zarika had to knock out the last one if she wanted to defend the title, but nothing could be done to a Mexican woman who made history by becoming the first Chihuahuan to be a world champion and to her people.

With this triumph, Yamileth improved his professional record to 15-2, four by way of knockout, while the experienced African left her mark at 32-13-2, 17 by knockout, and will return home empty-handed.

In other results, Sonoran Daniel "Caballo" Lugo (20-1, 16 KOs) was imposed by split decision to the capitalist Luis Guzmán (12-11, 11 KOs), with scores of 78-73, 77-74 and 74- 77, after eight rounds in super feather.

For his part, Bryan "Latino" Acosta (12-0, 4 KOs) extended his undefeated pace after defeating Chihuahuan Luis Álvarez, who dominated virtually the entire fight to win 59-55, 59-55 and 60-54 in supergal weight.

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