Daniel Valdivia had to go the distance, but picked up another victory to remain unbeaten in his pro career.
The Tulare native defeated Gilberto Pereira dos Santos by unanimous decision to retain his NABF junior super welterweight title in front of more than 3,000 on Saturday at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore.
The judges scored the fight 77-75, 77-75, 78-74.
Valdivia, who has nine knockouts, improved to 12-0.
In other bouts – Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz remained undefeated after a 10-round unanimous decision over Franklin Lawrence to retain his NABF championship. Two judges scored it 99-91 and another 100-90 as Ruiz improved to 29-0.
▪ Veteran Ray Beltran won on a fifth-round TKO over Miguel Mendoza.
▪ Quilisto Madera won by TKO in the fourth round over Cameron Rivera.
▪ Brent Venegas won by unanimous decision over Yesber Romero.
▪ Arturo Marquez won by majority decision over Curtis Waller.
▪ Saul Lomas of Fresno picked up a victory when he defeated Joshua Joseph by knockout in the third round.
▪ Ector Madera made quick work of Alonzo Flores, winning by a first-round knockout.
Vargas has guarantee for Pacquiao – Welterweight Jessie Vargas didn’t hold back in saying he’ll beat Manny Pacquiao when they meet Nov. 5 in Las Vegas.
Vargas took a break from training to meet with fans before Saturday’s bouts, but said he is constantly thinking about his fight with the boxer-turned-senator.
“I’m happy to be in this position,” he said. “I deserve it and plan to take full advantage of it. I’m hungry and talented. … I have the youth, strength and speed. I have everything on my side and I will come out victorious.”
The 27-year-old Vargas is 27-1 with 10 KOs, while the 37-year-old Pacquiao is 58-6-2 and 38 KOs.
“Manny has experience on his side,” Vargas said. “The only thing I can see him having more than I do. Everything else I feel I have the speed and power.”
December fight tickets to go on sale – Tickets for the Dec. 2 fight card at Save Mart Center, headlined by WBC Continental Americas lightweight champion and Valley native Jose Ramirez, go on sale Sept. 14.
The fights are being dubbed “Fight for Water 6: Pro Immigrant and Proud.”
“There is nothing in all of sports like a big fight and this is a big fight, it’s in our city and Valley,” promoter/agent Rick Mirigian said. “Ramirez will defend his WBC championship at home and deliver a powerful message with it on the positive contributions that immigrants do in our society and the continued importance of water issues in California.”
Ramirez’s opponent will be announced later.
Tickets are $23-$75 and $1,500 VIP table for 10 and available through Ticketmaster and the arena box office.
The previous card at Save Mart Center was Dec. 5 of last year, also headlined by Ramirez, and was a sell out at 13,100 – with 1,600 turned away.