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LAS VEGAS, Jesus Rojas 26-1-2 19KO’s of Caguas, Puerto Rico earned a fight with WBA interim titlist Claudio Marrero 22-2 17KO after stopping unbeaten contender Abraham Lopez back in May. Marrero started early firing fast combinations to confuse the more one-dimensional Rojas, but it wouldn’t be long until the Rojas motor was running hot.
In the third round Rojas started to land heavy shots, Marrero stayed in Rojas’ wheelhouse and traded to the crowd’s applause which lead to his undoing. In the fifth round both fighters traded big shots and combinations with Rojas landing the heavier thudding blows. In the final seconds of the seventh round a hard-right left combination sent Marrero to the canvas like a sack of potatoes, he would make it to his knees but referee Russel Mora didn’t like what he saw and properly waived off the fight.
“I’m super happy that I got this belt, it’s been many years of sacrifice” “I promised my father that I would win a world title and now I’ve fulfilled that promise”. Said Rojas after the fight.
Opening the televised portion of the card Ryan “KingRy” Garcia 11-0 10KO’s took on Miguel Carrizoza 10-2 2KO’s in what was supposed to be his toughest test given that Carrizoza had never been stopped. Seconds after the opening bell Garcia landed a flush right hook that sent Carrizoza down hard. Able to beat the count Carrizoza made it to his feet but the end was near as Garcia fired a hard left hook that sent the Mexican fighter sprawling to prompt referee Jay Nady to call a halt to the fight giving Garcia the KO victory at :33 of the first round.
“If I see the opportunity I gotta got for it” “He’s never been KO’d, I didn’t think I’d get him that fast but that’s how it works sometimes.” Said Garcia after the fight. With an exciting fight style, tons of charisma, and good looks reminiscent of Oscar De La Hoya, Garcia should be making regular appearances on all of GoldenBoy’s high profile cards.
Undefeated Philadelphia prospect Damon Allen 13-0-1 5KO’s did all he could against journeyman Jayro Duran 10-3 9KO’s to win via unanimous decision despite losing a point for low blows. Referee Jay Nady warned Allen twice in the first round for punching below the belt then deducted a point in the second. A visibly frustrated Allen adjusted his fight plan and coasted to a unanimous decision win on scores of 79-72 on all three scorecards.
Opening the evening’s action was a rematch of Horacio Garcia 32-3-1 22KO’s and Diuhl Olguin 11-8-2 9KO’s after Olguin pulled an upset over Garcia in December. Trained by Chepo and Eddie Reynoso; Garcia didn’t allow a repeat and blasted Olguin in the fourth round with a sharp left hook to put him on the deck. Olguin would make it to his feet but referee Robert Byrd didn’t like what he saw from the Mexican and waived the fight just as Olguin was dropped from a barrage of punches at :44 in the fourth round.