Alexis Rocha soaked in the cheers of his adoring public as he once again effortlessly made weight.
The 25-year-old southpaw from Santa Ana, California has remained a model of consistency at the scale throughout his young career. It showed once again during Friday’s official pre-fight weigh-in, where Rocha registered a fighting fit 146.4 pounds for his NABO welterweight title defense.
Late-secured challenger George Ashie was 146 pounds for their scheduled twelve-round main event, live on DAZN this Saturday from YouTube Theater in Inglewood, California.
Rocha (21-1, 13KOs) arrived on Friday within the 145 ¾-148 ½ pound range he has weighed throughout his seven-year pro career. He enters Saturday’s main event riding a five-fight win streak, including a ten-round, unanimous decision over Tijuana’s Jesus Antonio Perez just 12 weeks ago in San Diego. Saturday will mark the fifth straight in the Southern California region for Rocha, all in a fourteen-month span.
A win this weekend will leave Rocha as a leading contender for the WBO welterweight title currently held by Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford (39-0, 30KOs).
Ashie (33-5-1, 25KOs) will make his U.S. debut in a fight he accepted on one week’s notice. The 38-year-old Ghanian journeyman was a late replacement for Atlantic City’s Anthony Young, who withdrew after suffering a broken nose in the final stages of training camp.
Rocha-Ashie headlines a four-fight DAZN show this Saturday.
Below are the weights for the rest of the televised undercard which begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
Floyd Schofield (12-0, 10KOs), Austin, Texas, 134.8 pounds vs. Alberto Mercado (17-4-1, 4KOs), Humacao, Puerto Rico, 134.8 pounds—10 rounds, lightweight
Bektemir Melikuziev (10-1, 8KOs), Indio, Calif. via Shoimbek, Uzbekistan, 167.6 pounds vs. Ulises Sierra (17-2-2, 10KOs), San Diego, 167.4 pounds—10 rounds, super middleweight
Oscar Collazo (5-0, 3KOs), Villalba, Puerto Rico, 104.6 pounds vs. Yudel Reyes (15-1, 5KOs), Monterrey, Mexico, 104.2 pounds—12 rounds, WBO strawweight title eliminator
Golden Boy YouTube/Facebook channels (Saturday, 6:10 p.m. ET/3:10 p.m. PT)
Alejandro Reyes (9-0, 9KOs), Lancaster, California via Los Angeles, 139.6 pounds vs. Jose Zaragoza (9-6-1, 3KOs), Jalisco, Mexico, 138.8 pounds—6 rounds, junior welterweight
Adan Palma (4-0, 4KOs), San Diego, 123.2 pounds vs. Pedro Salome (3-1-2, 1KO), Anaheim, California, 125 pounds—4 rounds, junior featherweight
Daniel ‘Junebug’ Garcia (3-0, 3KOs), Denver, Colorado, 129.6 pounds vs. Jonathan Perez (40-33, 32KOs), Barranquilla, Colombia, 130.6 pounds—4 rounds, junior lightweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
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