Erika Cruz ganó decisión dividida a Melissa Esquivel en su primera defensa del título mundial pluma

A tireless Erika cruz made the first successful defense of the featherweight title of the World Boxing Association (WBA) after winning by divided decision to the also Mexican Melissa Esquivel.

In the stellar lawsuit of the function that took place on Friday at the International Convention Center of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Erika cruz was imposed on Melissa Esquivel. They were cards of 93-97, 97-93 and 98-92, for a triumph that keeps her on the throne.

Motivated after his coronation last April, the Dynamite She warned that she would leave everything in the ring to continue as champion and she did so, with an impressive pace from the beginning, although her rival did not stay with her arms crossed and responded in the same way.

The effectiveness and greater volume in the hitting were favorable to Erika, who with his left hurt his rival with flybys and hooks that found the target, particularly the challenger’s face.

They collided heads on some occasions due to the guards they encountered, but they continued with their war on the ring, both without stopping hitting.

Esquivel, who had also promised a war, kept his word and did not stop throwing blows in search of surprise and the crown, but the volume of hits was higher on the champion’s side.

At various times the Dynamite He took his rival against the ropes and took advantage of that moment to unleash a flurry of blows, which was repeated on several occasions, in search of a lethal impact and with the possibility of knocking out, although it did not arrive.

After ten rounds the decision was made by the judges, one who gave a 97-93 card in favor of Esquivel, somewhat far from reality. The other two gave the victory to the still champion, who had a successful first defense.

The result satisfied Erika cruz, although somewhat confused by the cards. He even assured that he would have been satisfied with a draw, but not with defeat.

This was the debut of Erika under the promotion of Matchroom Boxing, a promoter with whom he awaits opportunities to unify his crown. In the long term, she hopes to measure herself against the Puerto Rican Amanda Serrano.

With this result, the champion improved her professional record to 14-1, three before the limit, while Esquivel, who was an acceptable challenger, was left with 12-2-1, four by knockout.