Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez (18-0, 11 KOs) defeated Christian Gonzalez (15-2, 5 KOs) by a twelve-round unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBO flyweight title on Saturday night at the Boeing Center at Techn Port in San Antonio, Texas.
The former WBC super flyweight ‘Bam’ Rodriguez chased Gonzalez around the ring all night, nailing him with big shots and trying hard to knock him out but failing to do sp. It looked like Gonzalez was just there to survive and not win the fight.
Rodriguez-Gonzalez undercard results
Underdog Marlon Tapales (37-3, 19 KOs) pulled off an upset of previously unbeaten IBF & WBA super bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev (11-1, 8 KOs) by a twelve-round split decision to rip the titles away from the previously unbeaten champion in the co-feature bout.
The judges scored it 115-113, 115-113 for Tapales, and 118-110 for Akhmadaliev. Tapales started fast, built up a lead, and then gassed out late. Fortunately for Tapales, he’d put enough rounds in the bank early on to get the win.
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Featherweight Raymond Ford (14-0-1, 7 KOs) put in a masterclass, beating former 122-lb world champion Jessie Magdaleno (29-2, 18 KOs) by a lopsided twelve-round unanimous decision.
Ford, who is not a big puncher, knocked Magdaleno down twice, once in the fourth and a final time in the eleventh. The judges scored it 116-110, 119-107, and 119-107.
Super featherweight Thomas Mattice (21-3-1, 16 KOs) defeated Ramiro Cesena (16-1-1, 13 KOs) by a tenth round TKO. Mattice stunned Cesena with a big shot and then unloaded on him until referee Rafael Ramos stepped in and waved it off.
Junior middleweight Israil Madrimov (9-0-1, 6 KOs) dominated Raphael Igbokwe (16-4, 7 KOs), winning a wide 10 round unanimous decision in a fight that was competitive despite the scoring. The judges scored it 100-90, 99-91, and 99-91.
Madrimov landed a lot of huge looping shots throughout the fight, but Igbokwe took the shots well. The 30-year-old Igbokwe, who fights at middleweight, looked hurt many times in the contest, Madrimov’s inability to finish him is what saved him.
Madrimov threw too many single shots instead of putting his punches together.
In Super featherweight action, Marc Castro (10-0, 7 KOs) defeated Ricardo Lopez (16-7-3, 11 KOs) by a seventh round TKO. Castro got the better of Lopez throughout the contest, nailing him with combinations and taking advantage of his low punch output. In the seventh, Castrol hurt Lopez repeatedly. Referee Mark Calo oy chose to step in to save Lopez. The time of the stoppage was at 2:22.
Lght heavyweight prospect Khalil Coe (5-0-1, 3 KOs) made easy work of Jimmy Quiter (6-2-1, 6 KOs), defeating him by a third round knockout. Quiter was knocked down in round rounds 1 & 3 from big right hands from Coe.
Quiter was in bad shape after getting knocked down in the third. The referee Rafael Ramos did the right thing by stopping the fight. The time of the stoppage was at 1:51.
In a disappointing fight, bantamweight Jose Lopez (4-2-2) and Jesus Martinez (3-0-1, 1 KO) battled to a four-round draw. The scores were 39-37, 37-39, 38-38).