Rivas Retains WBA Female Bantam Belt
Alberto Agámez Producciones put on a rousing five-fight card at the Centro de Eventos La Macarena, a converted bullring outside Medellin, Colombia as part of the WBA 96th convention festivities. In the main event, WBA female bantamweight champ Mayerlin Rivas of Venezuela had all she could handle against Colombian challenger Dayana Cordero in retaining her title with a razor-thin majority draw.
WBA female bantamweight champion Mayerlin Rivas appeared lucky to retain her belt via a ten round majority draw against hometown girl Dayana Cordero. Cordero had the crowd behind her every move as she relentlessly pursued Rivas, who chose to counter off the back foot.
The Venezuelan champ seemed confident in her strategy to try and make Cordero miss and return pot shots. Cordero often hit the mark though and appeared the winner on this reporter’s card. No knockdowns or cuts, although Cordero seemed to be more marked up around the eyes. In the end, judge Frank Jackson tabbed it 96-94 for champion Rivas, while judges Carlos Ortiz and Luis Ruiz both saw it 95-95, allowing Rivas to escape with her title via a majority draw. Rivas improves to 15-3-1, 9 KOs, while Cordero dips to 16-6-2, 11 KOs. A rematch would seem a natural.
In the highly competitive and well fought semi-main event, former WBA champ Johan Perez and younger brother of Marcos, Fabian Maidana, battled for ten rounds. At times it was a cat-and-mouse affair, very tactical, and late in the fight, it was a toe-to-to war. Perez chose to mover to his left, looking for counter openings, in which he succeeded in connecting on more than one occasion. Maidana for his part, stalked and landed his fair share of blows. During a heated exchange in the ninth, heads collided and Maidana came away with an angry mouse under his left eye, blood trickling from a small cut above it. At the final bell, Perez was exuberantly leaping atop the corner ropes to the cheers of the crowd. Maidana’s corner lifted him atop their shoulders. It seemed to come down to which style the judges favored. With scores of 97-93 twice and 96-94, the favored fighter was Maidana, who now moves to 14-0, 10 KOs. Perez drops to 22-5-2, 15 KOs.