Luis Franco Decisions Leonilo Miranda, Moves to 9-0
Featherweight (126 pounds) and Cuban Olympian Luis Franco of Miami scored a tough, 10-round, split-decision victory over hard-hitting, southpaw veteran, Leonilo Miranda of Mexico to remain undefeated in Friday night's Showtime televised bout at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.
The 29-year-old Franco rose to 9-0, with five knockouts in what was his most difficult test against the 28-year-old Miranda (32-3, 30 KOs).
Judges Steve Morrow and Ralph McKnight had it for Franco by the respective scores of 96-94, and, 97-93, while Ray Balewicz scored it for Miranda, 96-94.
Franco won the first four fights of his career by stoppage, including the first three in the initial round.
Miranda has lost consecutive bouts, respectively, by fifth-round knockout in January of 2009, and, 10-round split-decision in October of 2009 to Orlando Cruz and Gilberto Bolanos.
Miranda had rebounded, however, to stop his past two rivals, scoring knockouts in the sixth, and, fifth rounds against Andre Wilson and Carlos Medellin in April and August.