Fidel Maldonado Jr. Easily Outpoints Antonio Chuc in Mexico to Stay Undefeated
It was not the toughest bout of his career by any means but New Mexico prospect and Golden Boy Promotions lightweight boxer Fidel “The Atrisko Kid” Maldonado Jr. (13-0, 11KOs), showed poise and finished Antonio Chuc (8-10-2) in the fifth round last night in Cancun, Mexico.
Chuc was a late replacement for Mario Hermosillo Padilla (9-5-2), who himself took a last second fight in his hometown last week against Abner Lopez (3-0), where he ultimately lost by TKO.
In Saturday’s bout Maldonado, demonstrated maturity and patience as an overwhelmed Chuc refused to initiate the action. Hurt early by punches to the body, Chuc either tried backing out from danger or would respond with with sporadic combinations when Maldonado would attempt to engage.
Maldonado hurt Chuc in each round with straight punches and tight uppercuts. As easy feat against a fighter whose defense was vulnerable.
In the fifth round Maldonado scored two knockdowns the second of which knocked Chuc’s mouthpiece out and after a barrage of punches forced him to take a knee and yield to the referee’s ten-count at 1:06 of the fifth stanza.
“I felt I could've done better”, said Maldonado of his performance. “The guy elbowed me, thumbed me in the eye and [hit me with] low blows. I hurt him to the body right away and after that he just ran.”
Next up for Maldonado is a bout at the Santa Ana Star Casino on April 28th. He is expected to defend his WBC Youth Lightweight title that night.