ANAHEIM – Welterweight Alexis Rocha bit by bit broke down Jeovanis Barraza, finally earning a knockout gain in spherical 9. With the get, Rocha, who grew up in close by Santa Ana, increases to 18-1, 12 knockouts.
The 24-yr-old was coming off a knockout win in excess of James Bacon in his prior fight on June 19.
Rocha was facing an opponent who had fought about weeks prior to Saturday’s battle. Barraza notched a a single-sided choice acquire over Argentina’s Jorge Martin Garcia on Oct 29.
Both fighters typically stood in the pocket from the opening bell, with the southpaw Rocha landing the extra-successful punches. Barraza did not back again down, connecting with a counter and a lead appropriate hand to the head of Rocha to close round 2.
The fight also showcased both fighters performing their greatest to continue to keep their guide foot on the outside. Barraza, a standard fighter, and Rocha would at occasions get their direct foot tangled up or would inadvertently move on just one an additional in order to gain an edge.
As the bout progressed, Rocha dug deep to Barraza’s overall body, connecting with two-punch mixtures. Barraza was however match, but his punch output started to minimize with each and every passing spherical.
Sensing he was down in the struggle, Barraza commenced initiating exchanges in round 7, getting some achievements. That rally was quick-lived as Rocha connected with challenging left fingers to the tummy. Rocha also snapped Barraza’s head back twice in that spherical with sweeping left crosses.
Rocha had his ideal round in the eighth as he went on the attack, landing at will. Barraza tried to battle again, connecting with the occasional proper hand to the head, but had to hold on just to get by means of the spherical.
Sensing Barraza was at the conclude of his tank, Rocha came out aggressively to open round 9. He continued battering Barraza, backing him up towards the ropes right up until referee Ray Corona stopped the bout at 43 seconds
Rocha, who is the more youthful brother of junior featherweight contender Ronny Rios, has now won his very last two bouts considering that struggling his only decline of his professional vocation at the arms of Rashidi Ellis on October 30 of last year.
Barraza, who resides in Barranquilla, Colombia and is promoted by Michael Reyes, drops to 23-2, 15 KOs. The 26-yr-aged experienced received his earlier a few bouts because getting rid of to Gabriel Maestre in July 2019.
Francisco A. Salazar has created for BoxingScene considering that September 2012 and has protected boxing in Southern California and overseas due to the fact 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing