Monday, November 6, 2000
By Pat Bigold
Hawaii's Jesus Salud is hoping for a shot at Bones Adams' super bantamweight World Boxing Association title after recording his 62nd victory yesterday in San Diego.
Salud (62-9-0, 37 knockouts) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Mexican opponent Jorge Munoz (21-14-2) at the Coors Amphitheater in San Diego before about 4,000 spectators.
"We'd like to set up a fight with Bones Adams early next year," said Salud, who owned the North America junior featherweight and WBA junior featherweight belts in 1989, and the North America title again between 1991-94. Salud is unranked in the WBA but he believes Adams would fight him.
He said he felt like he had the fight with Munoz under control after the fourth round.
"I hurt him a bunch of times," Salud said. "He was running away after the fourth, just trying to survive because he couldn't do anything."
Salud's share of the purse was $15,000.
He said he'd also like a shot at WBO junior featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera. Salud, who is under contract to Top Rank, is the WBO's No. 1 contender.
"But I think Barrera is going to fight Naseem Hamed," he said.
Salud last fought for a WBA title on Nov. 26, 1995, when he lost a 12-rounder in Maracay, Venezuela, to Antonio Cermeno for the junior featherweight title.