Ivan Calderon Succeeds in 6th Title Defense
Ivan Calderon of Puerto Rico repelled the sixth challenger to his reign as the WBO junior flyweight champion, dominating Mexican challenger Jesus Iribe from the third round onwards. Calderon had the crowd at the Madison Square Garden smelling an upset in the second round after he was knocked down by a hard right from Iribe. However, the 35-year-old Calderon used his speed to the hilt in the succeeding rounds to score a unanimous decision victory.
Calderon’s win was the sixth defense of his title he won against Hugo Fidel Cazares in August 2007. It was the first time in his last four fights that his title defense was not stopped due to an accidental head butt and the first time that he scored a clear win. The judges saw Calderon winning the fight via scores of 118-109, 118-109, and 116-111.
It was the third-straight defeat in a title fight for Iribe, who earlier challenged former WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa and current WBC light flyweight titleholder Rodel Mayol. Incidentally, Calderon faced Mayol twice before meeting Iribe. Calderon drew with Mayol the first time they met roughly a year ago, before scoring a majority decision in September last year when their fight was stopped in the seventh round due to an accidental head butt.