By Jake Donovan
Gamalier Rodriguez scored his 12th straight win after Rafael Tirado refused to come out for the fourth round of their super featherweight bout Saturday evening at
Cancha Nilmarie Santini in Santurce, Puerto Rico.
The Telefutura-televised main event saw Rodriguez dominate his unwilling opponent from the opening bell. Tirado's body language bore the look of a 39-year old journeyman who hadn't fought in two years, while Rodriguez - who turned 26 earlier this month - looked like a fighter in his prime and hungry for contention.
A knockdown was missed by the referee at the end of the third round when a right-left combination put Tirado down and stumbling around the ring upon rising to his feet. The blown call proved moot when Tirado remained on his stool at the start of the fourth round.
Rodriguez is now unbeaten in his past 13 starts, with a draw and 12 straight wins compiling his current streak. Saturday's result sends his record to 20-2-3 (13KO).
Tirado falls to 25-9-2 (17KO) after losing in his first fight back in the ring following a two-year break. Chances are his return home to Ecuador is a one-way trip, as the 39-year old showed no interest in fighting at any point in the contest.
While Tirado's ring return was uninspiring, the exact opposite could be said of Isander Beauchamp. The 25-year old was out for just over a year, but looked sharp in Saturday's co-feature in forcing Omar Soto to quit prior to the start of the fifth round of their televised co-feature.
The bout was more about allowing Beauchamp to shake ring rust than it was meant to be anything competitive. Having not fought since last December, the 25-year old looked sharp against a made-to-order foe, as Soto has long ago forgotten what it feels like to win a fight. The former title challenger will be feeling a lot of pain for days to come, absorbing punishing body blows throughout the super flyweight bout.
Beauchamp was in control for each of the first four rounds, a fact not lost on Soto's corner in advising its charge to remain on his stool prior to the start of round five.
The win advances Beauchamp to 10-0-1 (5KO), fighting for just the third time in his native Puerto Rico. All three bouts have come at this very venue.
Soto falls to 15-9-1 (6KO), having now lost six straight and eight of his last ten contests.
The night of quit jobs extended beyond the two main televised bouts. Kenneth Rivera advanced his record to 4-1 (3KO) after battering hapless Alexis Baez (0-4-3) for three rounds. Befitting of the night, Baez opted to stay on his stool rather than come out for the fourth round.
With plenty of time to kill despite just a 90-minute window, featherweight newcomer Jomar Ortiz (2-0, 2KO) was given the honor of appearing in the final bout to be televised in the United States in 2012. His on-air coverage came via tape-delay and picked up from the third round. The fight would only last another 4 1/2 minutes, as Ortiz battered Jaidon Agosto into submission at 1:34 of the fourth round.
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