Doug Fischer

Sanabria outpoints Juarez

Unheralded junior lightweight Alejandro Sanabria, of Mexico City, may have ended the career of 2000 Olympic silver medalist Rocky Juarez by handing the Houston native his fourth consecutive loss via 12-round unanimous decision in Baja California, Mexico, on Saturday.

Sanabria (27-1-1, 21 knockouts) dropped Juarez in the sixth round of a competitive fight and won by scores of 117-110, 116-111, 114-113.

Juarez (28-8-1, 20 KOs) has not won a bout since he stopped Jorge Barrios in the 11th round in September of 2008. Since that fight, the 30-year-old pressure fighter has fought WBA featherweight titleholder Chris John to a draw, and lost decisions to John (in an immediate rematch), Jason Litzau, Jorge Linares and Sanabria.  

Juarez, a perennial contender at featherweight and junior lightweight, has fought for a major world title on five occasions – against Marco Antonio Barrera (twice), Juan Manuel Marquez and John (twice) – six if his interim title bout with Humberto Soto is counted, but he lost decisions in each of those bouts.

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