Carrera dethrones Castillejo to win middleweight title

Updated: December 2, 2006, 9:23 PM ET

BERLIN -- Mariano Carrera has Javier Castillejo singing the blues.

Carrera dethroned Castillejo with an 11th-round technical knockout Saturday, winning the WBA middleweight title.

"I have 100 people to thank, I love all of them," said Carrea, a native of Argentina. "I want to dedicate the title to [Cordoban provincial singer] Mona Giminez."

Fighting for a title for the first time in his career, Carrera (30-4, 21 KOs) followed in the footsteps of compatriots Carlos Monzon, Hugo Corro and Jorge "Locomotive" Castro in claiming the middleweight crown.

Panamanian referee Guillermo Perez halted the fight with just over one minute left in the 11th round, a decision that enraged Ricardo Sanchez Atocha, Castillejo's trainer.

Atocha attempted to confront the referee but was stopped by security staff at the Estrel Convention Centre.

It was the first title defense for Castillejo (61-7), a two-time junior middleweight champ who won this belt with a 10th-round TKO of Felix Sturm in Hamburg in July.