Budler wins on a split decision - by Ron Jackson

IBO light-flyweight champion Hekkie Budler beat Evaristo Primero on a split decision in a non-title bout at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas on August

The South African appeared fortunate to win the ten-round bout. One judge
scored it 97-93 for Primero and the other two had it 96-94 and a way out 98-92
for Budler.

The 33-year-old Primero made a fast start and scored with overhand rights to
the head, penetrating the leaky defence of the 22-year-old champion. Primero was slightly ahead after seven rounds but Budler possibly did enough to take rounds eight and nine, with the Mexican shading the last round.

Budler, who probably needed more time in Texas to prepare for the bout, went down twice froåm low blows, which possibly cost Primero the fight. The South African improved his record to 17-0, with 5 knockouts. Primero, who has not won a fight for nearly nine years, now stands at 14-14-1; 7. Primero last won a fight when he stopped Jose Luis Verlarde in the second round to retain the WBC continental Americas flyweight title in October 2001. Verlarde’s record at the time was 26 wins and 40 losses. Since then, Primero had nine fights, losing eight and drawing one.


In the main bout, Miguel Angel Vazquez won the vacant IBF lightweight title
when he beat Ji Hoon Kim of Korea.

The new champion stormed to a 119- 109, 120-108 and 118-110 victory, never giving the visitor a look-in. Vazquez improved his record to 26-3, with 12 knockouts.

Kim fell to 21-6; 18 with his first loss in four years snapping a 13-fight win streak.
No one had taken him to the distance in 11 bouts since December 2006.

On the same card, Mikey Garcia stopped Cornelius Lock 19-6-1; 12 in the 11th
round of an IBF featherweight eliminator. Garcia, now 23-0; 19 knocked Lock
down in the third round and again in the penultimate round.