Alvarado wins IBF Light Flyweight title!
A fight took place on October 29 that went completely under the radar which could reshape the light flyweight division. Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30KOs) faced Randy Petalcorin (29-3-1, 22KOs) for the vacate IBF Flyweight title.
From the opening bell, this was a fight Petalcorin came out strong with high volume and finding success with the straight left. Meanwhile, Alvarado went to body landing solid counter punches to slow his opponent’s momentum.
The Nicaraguan’s power would become the difference maker as the fight progressed. Additionally, he kept the southpaw opponent on the ropes with vicious shots to the body.
Petalcorin rallied behind the hometown crowd, however, after being dropped for a third time in the seventh he could not make the count. As the fight ended in a knockout, the bout could easily be a candidate for “fight of the year.”
Finally capturing his first title since failing on two attempts in 2013 and 2014, this victory was a long hard road for Alvarado in getting back to the top of the division.
Great possibilities lie in the light flyweight division! Challengers like Tetauya Hisada, Hiroto Kyoguchi, and Ryoichi Taguchi will now be targeting the newly crowned champion.
An interesting unification bout against WBA champion Hekkie Budler would be great for 2019. Budler recently vacated the same IBF belt Alvarado now holds.
The 29 year-old Nicaraguan is boasting an eighty-nine percent knock out ratio. Therefore, he is going to be problem for anyone in the division.
By: Garrisson Bland