Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Rojas Stops Marrero in 7th to Win Interim WBA Featherweight Title

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Jesus Rojas did it again Friday night.

The rugged Puerto Rican knocked out defending champion Claudio Marrero in the seventh round to win the interim WBA featherweight title at MGM Grand’s Marquee Ballroom. Puerto Rico’s Rojas (26-1-2, 19 KOs) landed a three-punch combination and floored the game Marrero with a right hand.

The Dominican Republic’s Marrero (22-2, 16 KOs) was disoriented and the southpaw couldn’t get up before referee Russell Mora Jr. reached the count of 10. The fight was stopped at 2:59 of the seventh round, with just one second left in it.

marrero-rojas-weights (1)

It marked the second time in four months Rojas beat a favored fighter the night before a Canelo Alvarez pay-per-view fight in Las Vegas.

The night before Alvarez dominated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6 at T-Mobile Arena, Rojas battered previously unbeaten Abraham Lopez (22-1-1, 15 KOs) to win by technical knockout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Rojas knocked down Lopez three times before their scheduled 10-round fight was stopped in the eighth.

Marrero-Rojas was the main event of a five-bout card and was broadcast by ESPN2 as part of the “Golden Boy On ESPN” series.

Marrero won the WBA interim featherweight title in his previous bout by knocking out then-unbeaten Carlos Zambrano (26-1, 11 KOs) on April 29 at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas. The WBA recognizes three 126-pound world champions – super world featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz, world featherweight champ Abner Mares and now Rojas.

The Rojas-Marrero match was highly competitive prior to Rojas abruptly ending the bout with the aforementioned right hand. Earlier in the seventh round, Rojas landed a solid right uppercut that Marrero took well.

Marrero started the sixth round against the ropes, where he had difficulty dealing with Rojas in each of the previous three rounds. Rojas connected with several hard right hands as the sixth round progressed, but Marrero wasn’t fazed and demonstratively motioned to Rojas to keep coming.

The relentless Rojas opened up on Marrero early in the fifth round and landed a hard right hand. Marrero managed to fire back, though, and temporarily kept Rojas from coming forward.

They spent the second half of a highly entertaining fifth round blasting one another with power shots from close distances.

Rojas drilled Marrero with a right hand when Marrero’s back was against the ropes in the fourth round. He also hit Marrero with a left hook later in the fourth, and another left hook just before the bell sounded to end the round.

Rojas started catching up with Marrero toward the end of the third round, when he trapped Marrero in a neutral corner.

Marrero continued to fight at a blistering pace in the second round and connected with numerous combinations. The defending champion didn’t seem to hurt Rojas at all, but began building a lead on the scorecards.

Marrero landed several crisp combinations on Rojas in the first round. Rojas mostly tried to cover up in those three minutes, as Marrero let his hands go.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by vaborikua2014 on 09-16-2017

[QUOTE=illpapi;18051079]If Marrero actually bit Rojas then he deserved to get what he got. That would be unreal. I'm completely disappointed. I expected so much more from him. I am still a little shocked.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=richardt;18051122]Now I'm hearing he tried to bite…

Comment by ELPacman on 09-16-2017

Imagine this fight happened on the undercard of Canelo-GGG? Damn. Another missed opportunity for boxing to shine with millions of paid viewers watching.

Comment by richardt on 09-16-2017

Rojas reminds me of Maidana but Rojas throws more concise punches and seems like a better version of him. This guy belongs on high profile TV from now on! Featherweight division is really stacked now!

Comment by bigdunny1 on 09-16-2017

[QUOTE=illpapi;18051079]If Marrero actually bit Rojas then he deserved to get what he got. That would be unreal. I'm completely disappointed. I expected so much more from him. I am still a little shocked.[/QUOTE] I no doubt believe it. It was…

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 09-16-2017

What a k.o.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (19)
Top Headlines Mikey Garcia Ready: I Have Everything To Beat Errol Spence! Hearn: Jarrell Miller vs. Whyte or Chisora Possible in Early 2019 Felix Verdejo's Next Bout Eyed For United States in Early 2019 The Other Half of Junior Welterweight Fury: If I Fought Wilder In Manchester, We'd Sell 75,000 Tickets Photos: Claressa Shields, Nico Hernandez - Open Workouts Photos: Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias - Shows Off Moves at Workouts Photos: Brandon Rios, Ramon Alvarez - Grind at Workouts Photos: Jarrell Miller, Bogdan Dinu - Putting in Work in Kansas AIBA Prez Says They Are 100% Compliant With Anti-Doping Rules Peterson Quickly Agreed To Face Lipinets: I'll Fight Anyone! Photos: Maurice Hooker, Alex Saucedo - Go Face To Face Fury: Roach Can Do Whatever He Wants In Corner On Fight Night Ladarius Miller vs. Ricardo Garcia Tops Mayweather Card, 12/7 Uzcategui: No KO - I Want To Give Plant The Beating of His Life! Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury Non-TV Undercard Information Porter: WBC Mandatory Orders Derailed Immediate Spence Bout Kerman Lejarraga vs. Frankie Gavin is Picked Up By ESPN+ Lopez Confident He Can Give Thurman a Run For His Money Arias Vows To Beat Down and Bloody Rosado For "Bitch" Claim Karl Dargan Returns To Action on Bivol vs. Pascal Card Tyson Fury Secures Freddie Roach To Be in Corner For Wilder Mark Heffron vs. Liam Williams on Warrington-Frampton Card WBA Won't Strip Charr; Miller-Dinu Unlikely To Be Title Fight Bivol: I'm Confident That I'll Make a Statement With Pascal Filip Hrgovic vs. Ytalo Perea on December 8t in Zagreb Santa Cruz: To Prove I'm The Best at 126 - I Have To Beat Russell Danny Garcia Backs Adrien Broner To Upset Manny Pacquiao Errol Spence: I Don't Think Keith Thurman Will Ever Fight Me Frampton: If I Beat Warrington - I Want Another Champion Next Charlo Brothers Promise Fireworks, Explosive Wins in Barclays Warrington-Frampton: Nathan Gorman, Arthur, Wright Added Darren Tetley Looks To Bigger Things After Warburton Win Fielding Motivated By Fear, Doubters To Topple Canelo Hosea Burton: I'd Love To Punch Anthony Yarde's Face In! Canelo Feels Mikey Garcia Has a Very Tough Task With Spence Josh Warrington Sees Flaws To Exploit in Oscar Valdez Hooker Warns: I Can Do Some Real Damage To Saucedo's Career! Spence: People Think Garcia is Crazy - This is a Legacy Fight Photos: Danny Garcia, Figueroa-Molina, Uzcategui-Plant - Presser
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement