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Bout ends in a draw

Paez-Sanchez fight lasts only a few seconds

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WEST WENDOVER, Nev. — Justo Sanchez waited a year to prove he's a better boxer than former world champ Jorge Paez.

He'll have to wait a little longer.

Sanchez's rematch with the colorful Paez ended Sunday just a few seconds after the opening bell. The bout was stopped after Paez suffered a nasty gash over his right eye when he and Sanchez apparently clashed heads accidentally.

The fight — held on the parking terrace of the State Line Casino — was recorded as a technical draw.

Inadvertent head butts will sometimes happen when two aggressive, forward-moving pugilists find themselves inside the same ring, Sanchez said.

"(Paez) was jumping in with his head, and I was just going to step to the side and he jumped a little too far and caught me right on top of the head," Sanchez said.

The Brigham City lightweight had been looking forward to fighting Paez after losing a split decision to the former world featherweight champ last year.

"It's a letdown to me," Sanchez said. "I wanted to work, I wanted to show that I'm a stronger fighter."

Despite the aborted bout, Paez lived up to his billing as pro boxing's "clown prince." The Mexicali, Mexico, native entered the ring adorned in a psychedelic wizard costume replete with pointed hat and phony beard.

Paez-Sanchez II may yet happen.

"Maybe in 2 1/2 months or so we'll fight again," said Paez, mugging. "I'm not afraid of (Sanchez), the only person I'm afraid of is my old lady."

In other bouts Sunday, West Jordan's Jeremy "The Mormon Meteor" Morrison improved his record to 14 wins against four losses with a super middleweight win over Leroy Owens of Las Vegas.

Super lightweight Armando Robles of Salt Lake City won his second pro fight, earning an unanimous decision over Las Vegas' Nelson Valles. Armando's younger brother, Arturo, suffered a loss in his pro debut when he was stopped by Amador Ishwar of California.

Salt Lake City's Gary Gomez was successful in his first pro fight via a second-round technical knockout of Californian Marcio Castillo. And Marshall Martinez of Fontana, Calif., remained undefeated (4-0) with a second-round stoppage of Jacob Godinez of Houston.


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