Arely Mucino retains WBO World Flyweight belt with win over Yairineth Altuve

Arely Mucino and Yairineth Altuve put on an entertaining show tonight in Monterrey, Mexico, with the hometown favorite Mucino retaining the WBO flyweight title via unanimous decision, but not without a little late drama.

Mucino (28-3-2, 10 KO) scored official knockdowns in the fourth and seventh rounds. The knockdown in the fourth was a shove that referee Miguel Angel Canul simply missed, but the one in the seventh was legitimate.

That gave Mucino a clear lead on the scorecards, but Venezuela’s Altuve (10-3, 10 KO) drilled her with a left hook right before the bell in the ninth round, and Mucino was hurt, her legs wobbling and her right hand reaching for the top rope to steady her on her walk back to the corner.

For whatever reason, the doctor checked on Mucino before the 10th began, giving her valuable extra seconds to recover. In the 10th and final round, Mucino mostly tried to hold on and survive the two minutes, which she did, as Altuve just couldn’t find the clean shot(s) to put her away and pull off a dramatic comeback upset.

Scores were 97-91, 98-90, and 98-90 for Mucino, who may find herself fighting interim titleholder Nicola Adams (5-0, 3 KO) sometime in the near future. They were supposed to fight on March 8, but Adams was injured in training and had to postpone the bout.