Ronny Rios Blasts Out Efrain Esquivias in Two Rounds

By Francisco Salazar

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After countless rounds of sparring over the years, Ronny Rios knew Efrain Esquivias was a slow starter.

Which is why he went on the attack from the opening bell of their 10 round bout Friday night. The strategy paid off for Rios as he was able to get the knockout win.

Rios stopped Esquivias in the second round before a sold-out crowd at the Belasco Theatre.

With the win, Rios improves to 26-1, 11 KOs, while Esquivias dropped to 17-5-1, 10 KOs.

It was a battle between Southern California featherweights whom where very familiar with one another since their days in the amateur ranks.

Rios was coming off an impressive 10 round decision win over Jayson Velez on November 21, while Esquivias had not fought in over a year. He had dropped his two previous bouts.

Ronny Rios (13)

From the opening bell, Rios pressed the action, focusing his attack on the body of Esquivias, who is a notorious slow starter. Rios mixed in overhand right hands to the head, keeping Esquivias on the defensive.

Rios' attack paid off near the end of the first round, when an overhand right dropped Esquivias against the ropes. Esquivias was able to make it out of the round.

Sensing he was still hurt, Rios continued his attack, eventually cornering Esquivias. Rios unleashed a barrage of punches that prompted referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to step in and stop the bout at 37 seconds.

Junior welterweight Zachary Ochoa (15-0, 7 KOs) scored an emphatic one-punch knockout in the eighth round over Luis Gonzalez.

Ochoa and Gonzalez mostly traded in the center of the ring during the first two rounds, with Ochoa countering with straight rights. The southpaw Gonzalez (11-4-1, 6 KOs) almost scored a knockdown with a left hand in the third round, but Ochoa was able to regain his balance.

Gonzalez pursued Ochoa around the ring during the second half of the fight, while Ochoa looked to counter. Ochoa ended matters in the eighth round, throwing and landing a right cross to the chin, dropping Gonzalez flat on his back. Referee Jerry Cantu immediately waved the fight over at 41 seconds.

Flyweight Seniesa Estrada (7-0, 1 KO) survived a third round knockdown to win a hard-fought six round decision over Christina Fuentes. Estrada threw and landed numerous combinations, finishing with a left hook to the head of Fuentes. Midway through the third round, Fuentes (4-8-5) dropped Estrada with a right hand to the head. While Estrada was down, Fuentes followed up with another punch, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to deduct a point from Fuentes. Both fighters had their moments in the fourth round, but Estrada landed the more-telling blows in the final two rounds. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Estrada, 59-54, 59-54, and 58-55. 

Featherweight Rafael Gramajo (8-1-1, 2 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Harold Reyes, who fought nine days ago. Reyes (2-6-1) was the busier and more effective fighter early on, countering Gramajo with left and right hands to the head. Reyes began to slow down in the second half of the fight, allowing Gramajo to pin him against the ropes and attack the body. Both fighters had their moments during the last two rounds, but it was Gramajo who won the decision by scores of 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56. 

Junior featherweight Pablo Rubio (6-0, 3 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Jorge Perez, who was deducted a point in the second round for butting Rubio in the head.While  Rubio landed the more-telling blows throughout the fight, it was Perez (2-3, 1 KO) who looked the worse for wear, as he was bleeding profusely from the nose since the third round. All three judge scored the bout in favor of Rubio, 59-54, 59-54, 60-53.

In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Promotions card, junior featherweight Tenochtitlan Nava won a four round unanimous decision over 43-year-old David Montes. Nava (2-0) was the aggressor from the outset, never letting up from the barrage of punches onto Montes (0-3), who looked spent towards the end of the fight. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Nava.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing  

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 06-04-2016

WE came in 2 the ring looking 4 a place 2 fall...Estrada has a long way 2 go if in the back of her mind thinks of Zamora or Chavez with her lack of defense, more difficult if she moves…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 06-03-2016

Really good scrap going on with the females right now. Estrada who sparred with jojo Diaz and Frankie gomez is in a real tough fight after getting dropped.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Josesito Lopez: I Know People Are Overlooking Me vs. Thurman Badou Jack Eager For Browne Rematch Once Cleared For Return Arum: Wilder-Fury Needed a Promoter and a Megaphone Amir Khan: Terence Crawford Is A Better Legacy Fight Than Brook Frank Warren on Wilder-Fury II, Frampton's Future, Warrington Lyon Woodstock Takes a Swipe at British Champ Sam Bowen Carlos Takam Feels Time is Right For Dereck Chisora Rematch Roach: Pacquiao, With Two Hands, Does Much Better With Floyd Reymart Gaballo, Romero Duno Get Opponents For February 9 Canelo: Beating Jacobs I'll Be One Step Away From Undisputed Brian Ceballo Staying Level-Headed, Taking Things Step By Step Ellerbe: Pacquiao Has Many Options at 147 - But Not Mayweather David Lemieux vs. John Ryder Possible For Canelo-Jacobs Card Crawford-Khan: Madison Square Garden Chosen as Site Francisco Vargas Vows Revenge: I'm Not Impressed By Berchelt Josesito Lopez Values Improvements To His Game Under Garcia Arum: Joshua Damaged His Credibility, Fury Viewed as #1 in U.S. Keith Thurman vs. Josesito Lopez - Added Undercard Fights Badou Jack: I'm a Fighter, So I Ain't Gonna Quit Pacquiao vs. Broner Replay: January 26th on Showtime Harrison-Charlo Rematch Ordered, New Final Eliminator Too Demetrius Andrade vs. Billy Joe Saunders Ordered By WBO Pacquiao: If Mayweather Can't Fight at My Level - Stay Retired News: Luis Lebron, Benson, Hamza, O'Donnell, Srour, Barlow Hearn Cautions 'Now or Never' For Whyte To Accept Joshua Offer Scardina-Kekalainen Tops Matchroom Italy Card on March 8 DiBella: After Commey Beats Chaniev, We Want Lomachenko Fury: Wilder's The One Who Has To Redeem Himself, Not Me! Khan: The Offers for Crawford and Brook Were Literally The Same Frank Warren To Wait Out Warrington vs. Galahad Purse Bid Charr Wins Appeal, Reinstated As WBA Titlist; Box-Off To Follow Miles Shinkwin Back In March, Defends English Title Frank Warren: Joshua Made Massive Mistake in Snubbing Wilder Canelo-Jacobs: NSAC To Review Venue Request at 1/29 Hearing Eubank Jr. Very Pleased With Camp Ahead of Degale Clash Caleb Plant: I'm The Big Dog at 168, They've Got To Come See Me Hearn: Wilder, His Handlers Don't Have Decency To Answer Back Chris Algieri Confident He Can Raise His Level Against Hooker Kovalev Asks Fans 'Not To Make Hasty Conclusions On Situation' Cano in Line For a Big Fight, Linares Heading Back To 135

Latest Active Forum Threads