Michael Rosenthal

Gonzalez stops Soto in second round

Roman Gonzalez stopped Omar Soto 36 seconds into the second round in the third defense of his WBA junior flyweight title on the Toshiaki Nishioka-Rafael Marquez card Saturday in Las Vegas.

Gonzalez (30-0, 25 knockouts) landed a straight right and then a left uppercut to put Soto (22-8-2, 15 KOs) on his back, where remained for the count.

Gonzalez, a Nicaraguan who fights for a Japanese promoter, was making his debut in the United States.

Soto, from Mexico City, has now failed in three attempts to win a major world title.

In an earlier bout, welterweight prospect Yoshihiro Kamegai (19-0, 17 KOs) of Japan stopped Hector Munoz (19-7-1, 12 KOs) at 1:39 of the sixth round of a scheduled 10-round fight.

Kamegai, also making his U.S. debut, wore down a game Munoz with non-stop pressure, consistently landing hard punches to the head and body.

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