College Park Center, Arlington, Texas - Victor “El Tornado” Morales, Jr. (18-0-1, 9 KOs) pulled a stunning quick knockout of Diego De La Hoya (24-2, 11 KOs), handing De La Hoya his second career loss to become the new WBA Intercontinental featherweight titlist.
Scheduled for 10-rounds, the fight made it to 1:08 in the second round when Morales landed a debilitating livershot. De La Hoya attempted to get back up, but the pain was too much, and the referee waved the fight off.
“I wanted Diego to know that the power was there,” said Morales. “We called him out because I needed an opponent to bring out the best in me. I feel like I’m one of the best in my division, but I needed a good dance partner to prove it. I took the first round to figure him out and check his chin because I knew he was dehydrated. In the second I just hit the gas, no brakes. This title is the first of many more titles I know I am going to fight for.”
In the main event of the card, undefeated knockout artist and WBA Continental Americas lightweight champion William “El Camarón” Zepeda (28-0, 24 KOs) of San Mateo, Mexico made a resounding statement with a crushing second round victory over Curundu, Panama’s Jaime “Jaimito” Arboleda (19-3, 14 KOs).
Zepeda went straight to the body and sent the resilient Arboleda to the mat three times until the referee stopped the match at 2:16 in the second round.