By Jake Donovan
Eduardo ‘Rocky’ Hernandez waited months to finally fight for the first time in the United States and under the co-promotional banner of Golden Boy Promotions.
The unbeaten knockout artist from Mexico City didn’t exactly savor the flavor, blowing out Tanzania’s Ibrahim Class in just two rounds Saturday evening. The bout streamed live on DAZN in supporting capacity to unbeaten lightweight Ryan Garcia’s own two-round stoppage of Jose Lopez atop a sold-out show at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif.
Hernandez (28-0, 25KOs) did his best to extend the fight as long as he could, fighting patiently in the opening round against a retreating Class who simply lacked the firepower or defensive savvy to make the bout remotely competitive.
Once action picked up in round two, the night suddenly ended. Hernandez scored a pair of knockdowns, his left uppercut playing a major factor in both sequences. The latter of the two put Class down and out for the night, providing Hernandez with his 22nd consecutive knockout, having not been extended the distance since his 6th pro start.
"I showed my ability in there,” Hernandez said of his first career fight outside of Mexico. “This year, I plan to show everyone the Mexican style we all love.”
Given his lofty sanctioning body standing, it also stands to reason he will get to showcase that style on a much broader stage.
Hernandez is currently the top rated challenger to the World Boxing Council (WBC) 130-pound title which will be at stake in a rematch between his countrymen, current title claimant Miguel Berchelt and former titlist Francisco Vargas. The two collide on May 11, 28 months after Berchelt scored a violent late-rounds stoppage to win the title in Jan. 17.
The intention is for the winner to have something to worry about for their very next fight.
“I also want the world to know who Rocky Hernandez is,” notes the 21-year old knockout artist. “Hopefully I can get a world title shot by the end of the year.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox