Venezuelan Betulio Gonzalez hammered Mexico's Albert Morales into an eleventh round submission on Saturday night (17 November) in Caracas.
Venezuelan Betulio Gonzalez hammered Mexico's Albert Morales into an eleventh round submission on Saturday night (17 November) in Caracas. With his victory, Gonzalez retained his World Flyweight Boxing title (WBC version). The fight started slowly, but some good rights established Gonzalez' superiority in the first round. Although the Mexican managed to inflict a bad cut on the champion's face in the second round, Gonzalez managed to maintain his supremacy.
Morales, nick-named "Costnito", was warned for butting in the fourth round as he was still recovering from one of Gonzalez' heavy rights. Although Gonzalez failed to end the match in the following rounds, his constant hammering finally left the challenger helpless in a corner, after a powerful punch had knocked him down. It was then, in the eleventh round, that the fight was stopped, by the referee. Gonzalez was the winner, by a technical knockout.
SYNOPSIS: In Caracas on Saturday night, Betulio Gonzalez of Venezuela was challenged for his World Flyweight Boxing title by Mexican Alberto "Costenito" Morales. From the first round on, the Mexican challenger, in the striped shorts, was on the defensive.
Although the fight got off to a slow start, Gonzalez was able to put in some good right-handlers to establish his superiority. Gonzales also had the advantage of a crowd of fellow-countrymen, in the Nuevo Circo stadium.
Despite Gonzalez' superiority, the Mexican was able to inflict a nasty cut on the champion's cheek in the second round, and occasionally had the Venezuelan on the defence.
Gonzalez had to wait for the eleventh round for his victory. Several rounds of constant hammering were beginning to take effect on Morales.
A powerful punch from Gonzalez left the Mexican helpless in a corner. The referee stopped the fight, and Gonzalez was the winner, by a technical knockout. The Venezuelan had retained his world title, forcing the Mexican to retire, with four of the schedule fifteen rounds to spare.