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Acosta makes first defence of WBA belt



Angel Acosta from Puerto Rico makes the first defence of his WBO light-flyweight belt when he meets Carlos Buitrago of Nicaragua at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Buitrago, 30-3-1; 17, who is listed at number 10 in the WBO May rankings will be having his fifth crack at trying to win a world title.

He has failed in challenges against Merlito Sabillo (draw), Thammanoon Niyomtrong on two occasions, both on points, and in his most recent fight in December last year he was stopped in the eighth round by Hiroto Kyoguchi.

Acosta, 27, who has a record of 17-1; 17 won the vacant belt in December last year when he knocked out Juan Alejo in the tenth round.

Buitrago is a skilful fighter who has more experience than the champion at world level.

With a knockout ratio of 94 percent, Acosta (alias Tito) is a come-forward fighter with power in both hands and he relies on his strength.

The other main organisation champions are WBA/IBF, Hekkie Budler (South Africa) and WBC, Ken Shiro (Japan)

DALAKIAN DEFENDS BELT ON SUNDAY

Artem Dalakian, 16-0; 11, who won the vacant WBA flyweight belt in February this year makes the first defence of the belt against Sirichai Thaiyen of Thailand at the Parkovy Conventional Centre in Kiev, Ukraine on Sunday.

Dalakian, 30, was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, but was relocated to Ukraine in his childhood following ethnic tensions in his original homeland.

The 27-year-old Thaiyen, who is rated at number one by the WBA, made his pro debut in March 2009 and has compiled a record of 50-3; 27.

Thaiyen, also known as Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep/CP Fres, held the WBA interim flyweight belt for a short period after stopping Koki Eto in November 2013.

The only losses on his record have been against Veerawut Yuthimitr (pts 6) in his fourth fight and in his eighth fight against Sornsuknui PKP Sterio (pts 6).

His third loss came against Juan Carlos Reveco in December 2014 in a challenge for the WBA “regular” flyweight belt. He was stopped in the fifth round.

The other main organisation champions are WBC, Cristofer Rosales (Nicaragua), WBO, Sho Kimura (Japan). The IBF belt is vacant.



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