Zaragoza Has Second Opportunity to Take Title From Acero-Sanchez

Five months after they fought to a controversial draw, World Boxing Council super-bantamweight champion Hector Acero-Sanchez and 35-year-old former champion Daniel Zaragoza will meet tonight at the Forum.

Last June in Ledyard, Conn., the heavier-hitting Zaragoza appeared to dominate Acero-Sanchez, but was denied the title when two judges scored the fight even, and one scored it for the 28-year-old champion.

After the public uproar over the decision, the WBC ordered an immediate rematch. But, for his part, Zaragoza (50-7-3, 25 knockouts), says he initially disagreed with the WBC’s decision.

“I felt I that I deserved to get what rightfully belonged to me,” Zaragoza said through an interpreter, suggesting that the WBC should have given him the belt without a rematch.


Acero-Sanchez (32-2-3, with 20 KOs) won the title in an upset over Tracy Harris Patterson in August, 1994.