In a WBC light flyweight eliminator between former world champions, Hekkie Budler (34-4, 10 KOs) scored a close twelve round unanimous decision over Elwin Soto (19-3, 13 KOs) last Saturday night June 25th at the Gimnasio del Polideportivo in Mexicali, BCN, Mexico. Budler had success with his stick-and-move tactics. He knocked down Soto in the final round with a right hand and that’s what made him win the fight . Scores were 114-113 3x.
Budler had won the vacant WBC International LightFlyweight Silver title last year on May 22nd in Johannesburg :
Hekkie Budler (South Africa) WUD12 Jonathan Almacen (Philippines) y Cyril Lehong from Uppercut Promotions
22nd May 2021 Saturday at the Booysens Club in Johannesburg (Gauteng) South Africa
Hekkie Budler (South Africa) , the WBC #2 contender, won the vacant WBC International Lightflyweight Silver title. The full titlist in this division is Tibo Monabesa (Indonesia) and a fight between the two would be a great WBC fight, indeed. Jonathan “Pretty Boy” Almacen is a young fighter who went to South Africa to fight and, in agreement with Budler’s post fight interview, he turned out to be a tough visitor. So, it was a good championship between a very experienced fighter (Budler) and a young contender (Almacen). And we all know that in those weight classes a Filipino fighter is always a guarantee.
Both fighters complied with the WBC limit at the offical weigh-in on Friday May 21st:
Almacen 48.9 kg – Budler 48.8 kg
Former WBC International Silver champions in this weight class
Sebastian Gomez Sanchez, México
Scott Murray, Scotland
Tibo Monabesa, Indonesia
José Alfredo Zuñiga, México
Lookdiew Tor Buamas, Thailand