Petalcorin won the title earlier today as he travelled to Shanghai and over-came Panama's Walter Tello (20-8, 8), in turn taking his first big chance and grasping it with both hands.
From the off Petalcorin looked the better fighter whilst Tello looked like a man who knew his chances would be limited. Rather than fight fire with fire Tello tried to make the fight frustrating for Petalcorin and catch him with counters whilst fighting with a defensive and cautious mindset.
By the end of round 4 the fight was becoming a lost cause for Tello who was losing round after round courtesy of Petalcorin's sharp jab. It was then that the Filipino amped up the work rate, moved up a gear and started to have ever growing success. This caused Tello to become even more defensive. The smart defensive work and counters from earlier in the bout were vanishing with Tello beginning to do little more than surviving.
At the end of round 6 it seemed likely that we were going to head towards a shut out though Petalcorin wanted more than to just win the title. He wanted to impress. And that's exactly what he did in round 7 as he scored the bouts only knockdown with beautiful combination of razor sharp shots. The Panamanian got to his feet before the count though referee Raul Caiz Sr had seen enough and waved off the bout.
The performance was a great one from Petalcorin who was in control of the bout from the opening round with his south paw jab and counter uppercuts. He was, however still made to work for the victory which was certainly not given to him from Tello. At the end however Tello was out classed and although the stoppage was questionable few would argue with Tello have had a shut out through 6.
From what we understand the new "interim" champion is likely to be lined up for a world title fight against "regular" Alberto Rossel early next year.
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