TOA BAJA, P.R. - Puerto Rico’s undefeated rising star Danielito 'El Zorro' Zorrilla cleared all doubts to tab him as the best prospect of Puerto Rico - after a punishing eight round unanimous decision over tough challenger Ryan Pino - and becoming the newly crowned national champion of the Professional Boxing Commission of Puerto Rico in the junior welter weight division at the Antonio R. Barceló Coliseum in Toa Baja.
Zorrilla (10-0 with 8 KOs) took the win after taking the best part of the fight between the third and eighth round, including knocking down Pino (8-4 with 4 KO's) in the third round to get the cards to his favor him to the sound of 79-72 in one of them and 78-73, in the other two.
"The strategy worked," said Zorrilla after the victory.
"Pino has an elusive style and the fight is eight rounds, so we took the first two rounds to read his moves and let him throw a lot. For the third, he began to lower the intensity and to lower his hands, and I began to enter my blows and I knocked him down. That changed the fight."
Pino's fall in the third round occurred after Zorrilla connected on him with a solid combination of power hooks. Then in the fourth round, Zorrilla went out to try to finish off Pino and almost did it, managing to shake his rival twice with straight shots while Pino was on the ropes. Instantly it seemed that the referee would stop the fight but Pino managed to survive the onslaught and continue the fight.
"Sometimes it can wear you out by throwing a lot of punches and it takes a toll on you. I kept on being fed and the victory came, which is the important thing," Zorrilla said, adding that he was ready to return to action for the month of February as part of card which features the return of WBA super featherweight world champion, Alberto 'El Explosivo 'Machado.
"We are going to rest a little and eat a little pig, but quickly to continue training and prepare for the next thing to come.”