Greg Puente's studied boxing strategy paid off in the Super Featherweight championship Tuesday night at the Irvine Marriott Hotel.
Puente made few mistakes in earning a split decision victory over Francisco Segura in a 12-round bout for the previously vacant state title.
The boxers earned a split decision from the two ringside judges, but the referee favored Puente.
Judge Chuck Hassett scored it 115-113 in favor of Puente, judge Fritz Warner scored it 116-115 Segura, and referee Larry Rozadilla had it 105-104 Puente.
Puente's style is similar to that of his trainer, Danny Lopez, a former national welterweight champion. Puente took few chances throughout the first six rounds, picking and choosing his punches without allowing any openings.