Giovani Segura retained his RING junior flyweight title with a third-round knockout of former champ Ivan Calderon in Mexicali, Mexico, on Saturday.
Segura (27-1-1, 23 knockouts), who gained universal recoognition as the 108-pound champ by stopping Calderon in eight rounds last August, overwhelmed the ring savvy veteran quicker in their rematch by concentrating his attack to the 36-year-old boxer's body from the opening round.
Calderon (34-2-1, 6 KOs), one of the best pure boxers of the last 10 years, scored well with jabs, left crosses and counter hooks during the competitive first two rounds of the fight. However, Segura's wrecking-ball body shots to Calderon's ribs, liver, hips, and pelvis quickly took their toll on the crafty but undersized southpaw.
Segura, a native of Mexico who lives and trains in Bell, Calif., pressed Calderon to the ropes at the start of the third round and rained looping power punches on the pround Puerto Rican's body and head until the challenger simply wilted to the canvas. The fight ended at 1:39 of the third round.
The anticipated rematch between the sport's top two junior flyweights was not as competitive or action packed as their first bout, which was THE RING's Fight of the Year for 2010, but Segura's performance was impressive. While it must be noted that Calderon is an older, smaller and lighter-punching fighter, the manner in which the champion beat the veteran can't be ignored. Nobody has ever overwhelmed Calderon in the fashion Segura did on Saturday.
The sensational performance could be Segura's last at 108 pounds. It's no secret that he struggles to make the junior flyweight limit. However, Segura told RingTV.com that he would be willing to boil his bantamweight-sized body down to junior flyweight one more time for a showdown with Roman Gonzalez, an undefeated 108-pound beltholder from Nicaragua who is known for his power and technique.
If that attractive 108-pound fight cannot be made, Segura says he will target the top fighters in heavier weight classes.
“Let’s go to THE RING magazine and check out the ratings,” Segura told RingTV.com. “We’ve got the man from Thailand [RING flyweight champ Pongsaklek Wonjongkam]. We have the Kameda brothers [Koki, a bantamweight titleholder, and Daiki, a former flyweight beltholder]. We have Hugo Cazares [THE RING’s No. 1-rated junior bantamweight].
"We got a bunch of fighters who can make for great fights. It’s all about making it happen.”
Hardcore fans will be watching Segura's next fight regardless of who he is able to "make it happen" against. The Mexican slugger is quickly becomming one of the sport's most reliable action fighters.