Chavez Jr. prevails by TKO in Mexico; Morrison wins, too

Updated: February 10, 2008, 11:57 AM ET
Associated Press

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 station.

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).

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