December 13, 1999
CONTRERAS OUTPOINTS NAVARRO;
BECOMES NEW WBU WORLD SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION
On Saturday, 11th December 1999, the WBU World Super Bantamweight Title
(122lbs) changed hands as Mexico's Carlos Contreras scored a unanimous
points victory over Carlos Navarro (USA). The fight took place at the
Freeman Coliseum in San antonio, Texas, USA, on the undercard of Ayala's
third fight since being released from prison. The card was promoted by
Lester Bedford, and the bout between Navarro and Contreras was co-promoted
by Cedric Kushner Promotions, Ltd.
In a very entertaining bout, Navarro dominated the first three rounds, but
the Mexican came back to score a unanimous points victory; the judges
scored the fight 116-111, 115-112, 117-110 in favour of Contreras, the new
In the postfight interview, Carlos Navarro said that he lost every round.
Navarro told the interviewer that he didn't feel like himself but that he
didn't want to make any excuses.
Carlos Contreras, of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, improves to 12-4-1 with 9
knockouts. He has had most of his fights in Mexico. In December of 19998,
he lost on points to Adan vargas in a bid for the NABF Bantamweight title.
Carlos Navarro, Of Los Angeles, California, USA, suffered his first defeat
after 19 consecutive victories. He now has a record of 19-1 with 15
Navarro was a very successful amateur fighter, and after turning
professional in July of 1996 he continued to enjoy the success he
experienced as an amateur. He captured the WBU World Super Bantamweight
Title in February of 1998, scoring a unanimous points victory over Nicky
Bentz in Indio. In this fight there were six knockdowns, five by Navarro
and one by Bentz; the fight was voted Fight of the Month by International
Boxing Digest. Navarro went on to defend the WBU Title against Ruben Diaz,
whom he stopped in the eighth round. He made the third defence in November
of 1998 against Marcos Badillo, knocking out the challenger in the third
round. Just over one month later, he came to England to defend his title
against Johnny Armour; Navarro stopped the Brit in the fourth round.
Good luck to our new champion!