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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | April 2009 

Perez Defeats Solorio for IKF Super Lightweight Title
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Luis "Cobra" Perez has his hand rasied in victory, leaping to his feet and winning the IKF super lightweight title belt. Carlos Solorio was clearly disappointed with the split decision loss.

Surrounding the new IKF champion on the left is Felix Perez, the Mexico IKF representative and promotor Jose Luis Uribe.

On the left, younger brother Hector "Hierro" Uribe with fight promoter and owner of Tanai Luark Gym Jose Luis Uribe.

The most offensive explosion of the night was displayed by Puerto Vallarta amateur Rigoberto "Duro" Murguia, whose speed and power led him to a 2nd round TKO of Gerardo Xomitl of Aguascalientes. Look for more from the young Murguia in the future.
Luis "Cobra" Perez of Mexico City defeated Carlos Solorio of Puerto Vallarta in the main event Saturday night at the Collage Club to claim the vacant Mexican IKF super lightweight Muay Thai title in a very close split decision. Each round of the five round bout was extremely close and often came down to who impressed the ring judges in the last seconds of each round.

It appeared that Perez, who was totally focused and never let his eyes move from Solorio, won the first two rounds, which meant that the Puerto Vallarta fighter needed to win at least two of the three remaining rounds. Solorio's best round was the third, in which he mixed sharp kicks with solid punches and defended extremely well. As the bell rang in the 5th and final round both fighters held their arms up in victory. The fight was completely tactical and unless there was a flash knockout or knockdown, it was obvious that the fight would go the distance and be decided on the scorecards.

For Solorio who saw his professional record drop to 19-8-2, it was a heartbreaking loss. Last October he had the title virtually won until an inadvertent kick caused the fight to be called a medical draw and the IKF reviewed the films and upheld the decision. Solorio, a Puerto Vallarta favorite and owner and professor of the Lanna Gym might not get many more title shots, as he is getting older and is not as dominating as he once was in the ring. Perez, who had beaten Solorio two years ago by TKO improved his professional record to 14-1, celebrated in the ring when the decision was announced as Solorio seemed shocked when his opponents hand was raised in victory.

In the semi-main event and only other professional fight on the card, Hector "Hierro" Uribe did enough to defeat Jesus "Moreno" Quintero from Leon, Guanajuato in a unanimous decision in their five round bout. With his brother Jose in his corner he tactically out pointed Quintero and came up with the offense needed to take the fight. Uribe who improved to 11-3-1 was spectacular defensively, seemingly dodging almost everything Quintero could offer.

The top amateur fight saw and energetic Alejandro Perez of Aguascalientes win a unanimous decision over Puerto Vallarta's David "Azteca" Mota. The decision shocked most of the 1000+ fans in attendance, as it appeared that Mota was the aggressor, but didn't score sufficient points to win the close match.

Other winners were Roberto "Duro" Murguia of Puerto Vallarta, Alfredo "Tony" Peña of Puerto Vallarta, Carlos "Charly" Aguilera of Puerto Vallarta, Apolinar "Poly" Yerena of Puerto Vallarta, Aldo Meza of Puerto Vallarta, Mahatma Garcia of Tepic, Jose Flores of Puerto Vallarta, and Yahir Landeros of Tepic. Alvaro Lopez of Puerto Vallarta and Omar Jazzo of Leon fought to a draw in the second bout of the evening.

The most successful gym was Tanai Luark Puerto Vallarta who won five bouts and lost three. Two of the three losses were opening bouts and the gym won 3 of 4 of the last amateur fights as well as the professional semi main event. Fighters came from destinations such as Mexico City, Aguascalientes, Leon and Tepic to participate in the event.

MFC Productions, "Muay Thai Fight Challenge was successfully promoted by Jose Luis "Rayo" Uribe the owner and professor of Tanai Luark Gym. On hand at ringside was IKF Mexico Representative Felix Perez, owner of the El Torito Sports Bar and Restaurant. As the tourists are leaving Puerto Vallarta, we will see more Muay Thai and other fight action as venues are more available.

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