RO­JAS IM­PRESSES

Boxing News - - The Week -

FRI­DAY Septem­ber 15, 2017

PUERTO RICO’S Je­sus Ro­jas knocks out Clau­dio Mar­rero in the main event of a show staged by Golden Boy Pro­mo­tions at the MGM Grand Mar­quee Ball­room.

Mar­rero loses the In­terim WBA feather­weight belt, which for some rea­son ex­ists even though Leo Santa Cruz and Ab­ner Mares hold WBA ti­tles in the divi­sion.

What­ever, the fight rep­re­sents a great op­por­tu­nity for Ro­jas, from Miguel Cotto’s home­town of Caguas. He takes the ac­tion to south­paw Mar­rero in ev­ery round and his power even­tu­ally tell in the sev­enth, when a se­ries of coun­ters cul­mi­nat­ing in a left hook drop the Do­mini­can Repub­lic man for the count at 2-59.

Com­ments Ro­jas, who is now 26-1-2 (19), “We knew Mar­rero was going to be ag­gres­sive and we pur­posely worked on our coun­ter­punch­ing. That was what did the trick. I promised my fa­ther I would get a ti­tle one day, and even though he is no longer with us, my prom­ise to him is com­plete.”

Photo: TOM HO­GAN/HO­GAN PHOTOS/GOLDEN BOY PRO­MO­TIONS

STATE­MENT VIC­TORY: Roar­ing Ro­jas [right] strikes Mar­rero

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