LEON, Mexico -- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. stopped Jose Celaya
by technical knockout in the eight round Saturday night to win the
World Boxing Council continental super welterweight title.
Chavez Jr. improved to 35-0-1 with 28 KOs on a card dubbed
"Latin Fury" and held in el Domo de la Feria in this city,
located 200 miles northwest of the capital.
Celaya, a 26-year old fighter, came into the fight with five
straight wins and dropped to 31-4 with 16 knockouts.
Chavez Jr. is the oldest son of former three-time champion Julio
Cesar Chavez, who was at the fight as an analyst for a local TV
The youngest of the Chavez dynasty, Omar, also won his fight,
beating Miguel Camacho by a knockout on the first round on a
preliminary bout. Fighting on the same card as his brother for the
first time, Omar Chavez got his sixth career victory.
Former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison returned to the
ring for the first time in nearly one year and beat Matt Weisharr
by a knockout in the third round.
Morrison (48-3-1, 41 KOs) had not fought since last Feb. 22,
when he beat John Castle with a knockout in the third round. That
was his first fight in 11 years since he retired in 1996 after
testing positive for HIV. However, Morrison claimed he was clean
and started a comeback.
Morrison then made his mixed martial arts debut on June 9,
knocking out John Stover in the first round.
Also on Saturday, Mexican fighter Edgar Sosa (31-5, 16 KOs)
defended his WBC 108-pound title for the fourth time by outpointing
countryman Jeses Iribe (10-5-1).