Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Tomas Rojas Rejuvenated: Review and Ratings Update

By Cliff Rold

When 2009 came to a close, one can only wonder what Tomas Rojas (35-12-1, 23 KO) was feeling.  Obliterated in two round by Vic Darchinyan in a shot at the Jr. Bantamweight title, a seven fight unbeaten streak was over.  He’d tested the world class again, as he had previously against Jorge Arce, Gerry Penalosa, Cristian Mijares, and Anselmo Moreno.

He’d lost. 

In four fights since Darchinyan, Rojas has not lost again.  Traveling to Japan last September, and then again last Saturday, Rojas has picked up the two best wins of his career.  Kohei Kono was a legitimate top ten contender at 115 lbs. when Rojas bested him with a unanimous decision last Fall to pick up a vacant WBC belt.

It was the sort of feel good capper for a veteran anyone could be happy for.

Heading into last weekend, the epilogue seemed destined for less optimistic feeling.  Former two-time WBA beltholder Nobuo Nashiro (14-3-1, 9 KO) was widely seen as the second best active fighter in the division behind Mexico’s Hugo Cazares.  According to reports out of Japan this weekend, as he always does, Nashiro pressured and pushed and fought.

And lost.

While this scribe has not yet seen the fight, there is little controversy being reported.  Why would there be?  When the visitor picks up a unanimous decision on the road, it’s a pretty good sign they earned the duke.

And Rojas, in picking up and continuing to plug away, has earned the respect of any fight fan.

Ratings Impact

115: Rojas’ win shakes up the ratings in a big, big way.  He moves from #7 to #4 behind only Mijares, the undefeated Omar Narvaez, and Cazares.  Darchinyan remains listed as the lineal champion thought that should be cleared up as the year goes on.  Another defeat at Bantamweight could mean a trip back to 115 and the Darchinyan camp has never ruled such a move out.  Nashiro falls to #5.

112: Japan’s Takefumi Sakata, a former WBA titlist, announced his retirement in mid-January and exits the ratings.  Sakata can be best remembered for a rousing war with Roberto Vasquez in 2007 in their second of two fights.  It was a fine career.  Former WBA 108 lb. titlist Juan Carlos Reveco has vacated his belt and officially moved to Flyweight after a win in the division last month.  He enters the top ten.

108: Everyone below Reveco moves up a notch and interim WBA titlist Roman Gonzalez now takes over the full honors…at least those not held by “Super” (and legitimate lineal) World Champion Giovanni Segura.

These moves and other items of interest can be found in the updated ratings.

>>>>>>Click Here To View BoxingScene's Full Divisional Ratings<<<<<<

Cliff Rold is a member of the Ring Magazine Ratings Advisory Panel, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

Tags: Tomas Rojas image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Miguel Flores Makes No Excuses After TKO Loss To Dat Nguyen Canelo: Chavez Jr. Accepted Our Bet, He Better Honor It After Loss! Shannon Briggs vs. Fres Oquendo Deal is Reached Oner: Avni Yildirim Too Strong, Will Take Teeth of David Benavides Adrian Granados Will Be Back on Showtime, Says Manager Cautious Chavez Certain He’ll Make 164.5 for Canelo Fight Michael Perez vs. Marcelino Lopez Tops ESPN2 Bill on April 20 Broner-Granados Fight Peaked at 859,000 Viewers on Showtime Canelo Plans To Vacate WBO Title, Fight at 160 - After Chavez Bout Joe Gallagher: Liam Smith Expects Tough Fight With Williams Izu Ugonoh: I Have To Be at My Best To Beat Dominic Breazeale Chavez Expects to Enter Ring at 180; Canelo Not Concerned DiBella: Unlike Wilder-Wawrzyk, 'Nervous' About Wilder-Washington Chavez: Canelo Picked Me Over GGG For 'Easier Fight, More Money' Gavin McDonnell: I'll Do Whatever it Takes To Beat Rey Vargas Izu Ugonoh Aims To Make a Statement in Big Career Showcase Liam Williams on Liam Smith: This Is A Real Fight, It'll Be Good Cecilia Braekhus' Former Coach Ready To Help Svensson Win Angulo: Canelo Lacking The Heart and Balls To Face Golovkin Mayweather Sr: I Would Beat Conor McGregor's Ass - And I'm 63! Adam Bashanov Set To Turn Pro on Ceylan vs. Lowe Card WBA, AIBA Hold a Second Meeting in Taipei To Further Relations Jhonny Gonzalez Back on March 25, To Face Sergio Estrella Jarrett Hurd: I'm Turning A lot of Non-Believers into Believers Dat Nguyen Shocks Miguel Flores, Blasts Him Out in Six Rounds Video: Canelo Alvarez Talks Chavez, Golovkin, More Hunter: Ward Mistreated By Media, HBO - Why Wouldn't He Retire? Daniel Franco Training, Set To Return on March 23 in LA Canelo is Confident That He Can Put Chavez Jr. To Sleep Video: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Discusses Canelo, Weight, More Photos: Lucian Bute, Eleider Alvarez - Go Face To Face at Presser Canelo: Mayweather-McGregor Would Be a Black Eye For Boxing De La Hoya: Canelo-Chavez Will Be a War - There is No Favorite Orlando Salido Being Considered for Canelo-Chavez Co-Feature Rey Vargas vs. Gavin McDonnell To Be Carried By KlowdTV Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. - Go Face To Face in New York City Floyd Mayweather Plans Big 40th Birthday Bash in California Garcia On Dad's Tirade: Free Speech, He Can Say What He Wants De La Hoya: GGG Can Fight Canelo or Keep Making What He Makes! Pacquiao's Adviser Aims To Finalize Fight, Venue By Next Week
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement