'Latin Fury' wins WBC continental super welterweight title via TKO
Feb. 10, 2008
LEON, Mexico -- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. stopped Jose Celaya by
technical knockout in the eight round Saturday night to win the World
Boxing Council continental super welterweight title.
Chavez Jr. improved to 35-0-1 with 28 KOs on a card dubbed "Latin
Fury" and held in el Domo de la Feria in this city, located 200 miles
northwest of the capital.
Celaya, a 26-year old fighter, came into the fight with five straight
wins and dropped to 31-4 with 16 knockouts.
Chavez Jr. is the oldest son of former three-time champion Julio Cesar
Chavez, who was at the fight as an analyst for a local TV station.
The youngest of the Chavez dy***, Omar, also won his fight, beating
Miguel Camacho by a knockout on the first round on a preliminary bout.
Fighting on the same card as his brother for the first time, Omar
Chavez got his sixth career victory.
Former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison returned to the ring
for the first time in nearly one year and beat Matt Weisharr by a
knockout in the second round.
Morrison (48-3-1, 41 KOs) had not fought since last Feb. 22, when he
beat John Castle with a knockout in the third round. That was his
first fight in 11 years since he retired in 1996 after testing
positive for HIV. However, Morrison claimed he was clean and started a
Morrison then made his mixed martial arts debut on June 9, knocking
out John Stover in the first round.
Also on Saturday, Mexican fighter Edgar Sosa (31-5, 16 KOs) defended
his WBC 108-pound title for the fourth time by outpointing countryman
Jeses Iribe (10-5-1).
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