Gabriel Bracero of Sunset Park, Brooklyn beat Puerto Rican New Yorker Daniel Sostre and picked up the vacant NABF junior welterweight title at Foxwoods in Connecticut on Friday night.
The judges evaluated the ten rounder, and saw it 100-90, 100-90, 99-91, for Bracero, the busier, far more consistent pugilist on the night.
Bracero (17-0 with 3 KOs entering; age 30) weighed 140 pounds, while Sostre (11-4-1 entering; age 27; ) was 138 in a bout which ran on Showtime's ShoBox program.
Sostre was coming in off a draw and a loss in his last two, while Bracero had been on a streak, notching KOs in his last two outings.
Bracero started off strong; he went right to work with a snappy jab, and looked to inflict pain from the get go. He caught Sostre with a left hook as the braided boxer retreated hastily in the first. A left hook two minutes into the second hit cleanly for the Brooklyner. Sostre has brittle hands and it showed as he rarely threw thru his target, though he perked up in the third. Defensively, his pattern of pulling straight back with his hands down played into Bracero's hands.
Sostre looked to get in Bracero's face more in the third and fourth, at times, but Bracero is a consistent banger. Bracero freshened up his strategy in the sixth; he gave himself more room, and used the jab more. But he's a foxhole guy, he likes to mix it up in a small space. He only needed to stay busy, and smart, not get hit by a hail mary, and Bracero would snag that crown. Throughout the night, Bracero didn't neglect the body. Maybe he could've aimed there a bit more often as Sostre had defense on the mind a good bit and features good head movement. Bracero tried to close the show with a KO, as he hit the pedal in the tenth but Sostre stayed on his feet.
Bracero has said he wants to step up the competition, and maybe glove up with someone in the top ten ASAP. Trainer Tommy Gallagher has said he doesn't care a bit that Bracero, who he has lovingly referred to as a "nasty kid," doesn't have a lot of KOs to his name and thinks perhaps that he could lull foes to sleep, thinking they have a pillow fister in front of them.