All too often in boxing we see a man who isn't ready get a shot at a world title. This past Saturday night that was evident in Mexico as previously unbeaten Richard Claveras (12-1-2, 12) found out.
Claveras, an exciting Filipino, was thrown to the wolves as he went from blowing away Asian journey to stepping in the ring with the dangerous and amazingly talented Pedro Guevara (25-1-1, 17).
The huge gulf in talent between the two was almost seen immediately.
The challenger, to his credit, tried to take the fight to the champion but it seemed that he was leaving holes defensively that Claveras was finding far too easily. One of those holes allowed Guevara to land a right up top followed by a left to the gut then sent him down, and essentially that was it. Claveras was down and out in agony from a left hook to the mid-section, and stayed down for the count.
With his first defence out of the way it now seems likely Guevara will have to face more testing foes. Hopefully they'll come soon. The division is a really exciting one, with the likes of Jonathan Taconing and Paipharob Kokietgym waiting in the wings. Hopefully someone of that ilk gets a shot before another untested, though promising and heavy handed, fighter like Claveras. As for the Filipino we hope to see him rebuilding, developing his skills and coming again somewhere down the line. This however was far too early and his team need to ask themselves why they felt he was capable of upsetting a brilliant young Mexican.