Saracho Lands on Francis
Plant City, Florida, January 26, 2022. — Jesus “Junior” Saracho won the vacant WBO Latin Super Lightweight Title with a unanimous decision victory over Cesar “Rainman” Francis in the main event on Wednesday’s ProBox TV fight card.
In the co-feature, undefeated Oscar Alvarez Jr., owner of a stellar amateur 665-12 record, stands 6’ 3”, won a unaimous decision against former WBA Fedalatin Featherweight Champion Nicolas Polanco when the contest went to the scorecards following an unintentional clash of heads in the 7th round of a scheled eight.
The event can now be viewed on ProBoxTV.com and the ProBox app for members and free at the ProBoxTV YouTube channel.
10 Rounds Vacant WBO Super Lightweight Latin Title
Cesar Francis, 138.6 lbs. 12-1, 7 KOs, Brooklyn, NY Former WBO NABO Champion
Jesus Saracho, 140 lbs 13-1, 11 KOs, Guanajuato, Mexico
Saracho W UD 96-94, 96-94, 98-92
The 21-year-old Saracho had 250 amateur fights in Mexico. He got hurt at the end of round two with an uppercut. Francis again landed a huge uppercut in the final round which Algieri and Malignaggi noted that Francis hadn’t thrown the punch in a while and Saracho may have forgotten about it. All in all, there was a lot of back and forth in the fight. Both Malignaggi and Algieri had the fight one round apart and agreed it could have gone either way.
Saracho post-fight: “It feels really good to get this win. I recently had my first loss as a professional, so it was good to get this win and this title and to get back in the rankings. I knew that this fight would be mine the moment we began training camp. I have to thank my dad and my coach and my corner for all of the support – because of them I am back in the world rankings. We work on strength and conditioning to prepare me for anything that happens in the ring (regarding upper cut end of round 2). We knew coming in that Francis is a dangerous fighter and I knew I’d be able to handle it.”
8 Rounds Super Featherweights TBA TV #2
Oscar Alvarez Jr. 132.2 lbs. 8-0, 7 KOs Cuidad Obergon, Sonora Mexico
Nicolas Polanco, 131.6 lbs. 20-4, 11 KOs, Santo Domingo, DR
Alvarez W UD 68-65, 68-65, 70-63
Fight is stopped in the 7th due to accidental head butt and a huge gash over Alvarez’ left eye. Fighters were at close range with Alvarez’ head slightly lower than Polanco’s and as Alvarez lifted, they clashed. The eye was ‘bleeding profusely. It then went to the scorecards. Chris Algieri and Paulie Malignaggi both had the fight at 2-2 after 4, Algieri noting that the fight is a huge step up for Alvarez. They noted during the 5th that the good body work by Alvarez seemed to be taking the steam out of Polanco.
8 Rounds Lightweights Future Stars TV #1, 8 pm ET
Jonhatan Cardoso, 133.8 lbs. 15-1, 14 KOs, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jose Arellano, 133.2 lbs. 10-1, 6 KOs, Chihuahua, Mexico
Cardoso W UD 78-74 all 3 judges in agreement.