MIAMI — Superwelterweight contender Diobelys Hurtado won a unanimous decision over Puerto Rico's Ricky Quiles on Friday night.
Hurtado, originally from Cuba and now living in Miami, started strong, withstood a furious attack from Quiles in the middle rounds and then finished as the busier fighter in the 12-round bout.
Two judges had Hurtado winning, 119-109 and a third scored it 117-111.
There were no knockdowns.
Hurtado, ranked No. 2 by the WBA, used his reach to lead with rights to Quiles' head. Quiles tried to shorten Hurtado's punching range by pursuing Hurtado with lead lefts to the head.
While Hurtado's boxing skills helped him in the early rounds, Quiles began to find his target midway through the bout.
Quiles (31-5-3) was effective at keeping Hurtado (32-4-3) along the ropes and connected with short combinations to the head. Hurtado began to show signs of tiring and had swelling on his right eye.
But Hurtado then resumed his boxing strategy from early in the fight, keeping away from a charging Quiles and again scoring with rights to the head in the middle of the ring.
In the final minute of the fight, Hurtado even managed to land an effective three-punch combination off the ropes and exchanged furiously with a spent Quiles.
Both fighters weighed 139 pounds. In an earlier bout, heavyweight Eliecer Castillo knocked out previously unbeaten Andre Purlett of Guyana.
Castillo (22-2-2, 12 KOs), a native of Cuba now living in Miami, finished Purlett (32-1) with a right uppercut at 2:58 of the fifth round.