Eduardo ‘Rocky’ Hernandez didn’t waste any time once he was finally able to make his way back to the ring.

The resurgent junior lightweight contender from Mexico City manhandled Eduardo Garza in a 3rd round stoppage win Thursday evening at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood. Hernandez connected with a left hook to the body which left Garza unable to continue as he was counted out at 2:37 of round three in their NBC Sports Network-televised contest.

Hernandez was deceptively poised in the opening round, measuring up Garza before unleashing a two-fisted attack. Garza was left with cuts around both eyes early in the right, both of which were ruled as the cause of punches although neither became a factor.

His opponent’s crushing power, however, was another matter.

Hernandez dialed up the pressure in round two, connecting with uppercuts and left hooks upstairs as he slowly began to wear down Garza.

The finishing touch would come in round three. Garza dared to get brave, sensing he needed to land something big to keep Hernandez at bay. It was a well-intended approach but ultimately proved to be his undoing. Hernandez trapped the Mission, Texas-bred junior lightweight in a corner, launching a partially-blocked right hand upstairs before winding up and driving home a left hook to the solarplexus.

Garza (15-3-1) dropped to the canvas, where he remained on a knee as referee Ivan Guillermo reached the count of ten.

Hernandez improves to 30-1 (27KOs). The 22-year old slugger picks up his second victory since suffering a shocking 1st round knockout loss to Roger Gutierrez last July in Carson, California. He rebounded with a 5th round knockout win last November in his native Mexico, having since been sidelined due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The bout served in supporting capacity to a junior lightweight crossroads clash between O’Shaquie Foster (17-2, 10KOs) and Miguel Román (62-13, 47KOs).

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox