AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas - Super featherweight contender Lamont Roach, Jr. (22-1-1, 9 KOs) took on former world champion Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado (32-11, 21 KOs) in a 10-round fight for the vacant NABA championship.
The fight was equally match as both fighters came forward and took turns exchanging blows. There were a few moments where Roach, Jr. landed heavy blows that rocked Alvarado; but the veteran warrior was strong and he eagerly returned fire. The fight went to the scorecards with tallies of 98-92, 100-90, and 98-92 all in favor of Roach, Jr.
Roach is now gunning for a crack at WBA "regular" champion Roger Gutierrez.
“I feel good about this victory. I just beat a man who was a world champion two fights ago,” said Roach Jr.
“This is the type of victory that I need to show that I am ready for a world title fight. Rene Alvarado is a warrior, a tough guy who I couldn’t knock down, but I feel we did our job today. I want the champion next, Roger Gutierrez.”
For his part, Alvarado questioned the scorecards and felt that he did enough to edge out a victory.
“I don’t know what to do anymore. The job we did today was excellent,” said Alvarado. “On my count I believe the fight was mine. When I heard unanimous decision, I knew that was right, but when they said Roach, Jr.’s name I couldn’t believe it. I know I won the fight.”
Roach has now won three in a row since losing a twelve round unanimous decision to then WBO world champion Jamel Herring back in November of 2019.