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Contreras and Socarros Win in Florida
Pictured: Dennis "Martillo" Contreras

Friday night, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, Dennis Contreras continued his remarkable revival and Hairon Socarros bounced back from his only loss as a professional.

Contreras, after enduring a ten-bout stretch in which he went 1-8-1, scored upset wins over highly regarded, undefeated prospect Fernando Garcia and fringe contender Belmar Preciado. His impressive TKO-5 victory over Preciado brought him the WBA Fedecentro title which he was defending for the first time against 20-year-old undefeated but untested Carlos Flores of Tijuana, Mexico.

In the first round, Flores started well, moving and working his jab but Contreras, who hails from Guadalajara, Mexico, took over by landing a number of power shots.

Flores outboxed Contreras in rounds two and three but the 28-year-old veteran regained control with solid shots in round 4.

Contreras repeatedly rocked Flores during the last minute of round 5, leaving the young prospect visibly hurt at the end of the round.

In round 6, the defending regional champ attacked immediately. He quickly landed a vicious combination which floored Flores for the full ten-count.

WBA Fedecentro Featherweight Title-
Champion Dennis Contreras (23-10-1, 21 KOs)
KO-6 0:35
Carlos Flores (Carlos Efrain Flores; 20-1, 11 KOs)
- This was a big step up for the 20-year-old Flores who had never faced a fighter with a winning record prior to this bout.
- Telemundo's ringside commentators had Contreras ahead, 48-47, going into the 6th round.
- Having repeatedly rocked Flores during the last minute of round 5, Contreras attacked immediately in round 6 and quickly floored Flores for the full ten-count.

Cuba-born Floridian Hairon Socarros was fighting for the first time since suffering his only defeat as a professional, his October 4, 2019 TKO-9 loss to world-ranked Ryan Walsh in the Golden Contract featherweight tournament. He weighed in at 130 for his bout with journeyman Julio Buitrago. Buitrago weighed in at a disturbingly high 136, the heaviest the Nicaraguan veteran had ever weighed for a bout during his 15-year career.

Socarros punished and cut the out-of-shape Buitrago, landing solid blows to his body and to his head. With their fighter absorbing steady punishment and getting less and less competitive, Buitrago's corner signaled the referee to stop the contest during the third frame.

Super Featherweight Bout-
Hairon Socarros (23-1-3, 15 KOs)
Julio Buitrago (13-24, 2 NCs, 3 KOs)
- After seeing their fighter absorb steady punishment, Buitrago's corner signaled to the referee to stop the bout.
- Buitrago has now lost six consecutive fights and is 2-19 with one No Contest in his last 22.
Article By: Ken Pollitt