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Boxing: ESPINOSA LOSES BY TKO

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posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 07:39 PM
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Obviously having a hard time to make both ends meet even as he waits for justice to be done and for former governor Larry de Pedro to pay him his purse for his WBC super featherweight title defense against Carlos Rios of Argentina in Koronodal in 1997, former two-time world champion Luisito Espinosa was forced into trying to make some money in the ring and suffered a bad beating at the hands of 27 year old Carlos Navarro at the Reno Hilton Hotel & Casino in Nevada, Friday night.

Espinosa who just turned 37 suffered a nasty cut over the left eye early in the fight and Navarro, nicknamed “The Golden Lefty” proved too fast and too strong for Espinosa, catching the former super bantamweight and super featherweight champion with vicious punches to the body and head forcing referee Norm Budden to mercifully stop the action at 1:49 of the seventh round. Navarro, a 5’8” southpaw who barely failed to make the US Olympic Team to the Atlanta Games in 1996 improved his record to 25-3-1 with 20 KO’s while Espinosa dropped to 47-12 with 26 knockouts.


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