Ronny Rios Pounds Out Unanimous Decision Over Deivis Julio

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Ronny Rios didn’t get the knockout he sought Saturday night, but still successfully bounced back from his loss in a world title fight three months ago.

Rios was busier and more accurate than Colombian southpaw Deivis Julio for much of their non-televised, 10-round featherweight fight on the Miguel Cotto-Sadam Ali undercard at Madison Square Garden. All three judges scored their largely uneventful fight for Rios (29-2, 13 KOs), of Santa Ana, California.

Tom Carusone credited Rios with winning all 10 rounds (100-90). The two other judges – Ron McNair (97-93) and Larry Hazzard Jr. (99-91) – had it closer, yet still a wide win for Rios. Colombia’s Julio (19-4, 11 KOs, 1 NC) dropped to 1-3 (1 NC) in his past five fights.

Ronny Rios (13)

Rios won in his first fight since suffering a unanimous-decision defeat to Rey Vargas in their 12-round, WBC super bantamweight title fight August 26 in Carson, California. Mexico’s Vargas was scheduled to make another defense of his 122-pound championship against Colombia’s Oscar Negrete later Saturday night in the opener of HBO’s doubleheader.

Julio got knocked out in the fifth round by Los Angeles’ Joet Gonzalez (17-0, 9 KOs) on that same August 26 undercard at StubHub Center.

About the most interesting moment in the Rios-Julio fight came in the seventh round. That’s when Rios hit Julio low, which caused Julio to take a long break with 1:36 to go in the round.

Rios, seemingly aggravated because Julio took so long to recover, aggressively went after him in the center of the ring as soon as the action resumed.

In the first fight Saturday night, welterweight Zachary Ochoa easily out-boxed Erick Martinez in a six-round welterweight fight.

Brooklyn’s Ochoa (18-2, 7 KOs) won by the same margin on all three scorecards (60-54), but couldn’t hurt Martinez, who has lost by knockout or technical knockout five times. Mexico’s Martinez (14-11-1, 8 KOs) lost for the fifth time in his past six fights.

Ochoa won his second straight fight since Canada’s Yves Ulysse Jr. (14-1, 9 KOs) stopped him after seven rounds March 11 in Verona, New York.

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

Tags: Ronny Rios image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Photos: Gilberto Ramirez Edges Jesse Hart To Retain WBO Title Canelo Calls Small Scab Under Right Eye 'Just A Little Scratch' Lemieux: Fielding Not Dangerous; Won't Last Once Canelo Connects Canelo Open To Moving Back Up To 168 Pounds For Right Fights Daily Bread Mailbag: Lomachenko-Davis, Wilder-Fury, More Frank Warren: Billy Joe Saunders is Inspired By Tyson Fury Sunny Edwards Already Plotting Future World Title Hunt Joseph Parker Back in Force, Crushes Alexander Flores in Three Amir Khan: I Give Fielding No Chance, Canelo is a Beast Canelo's Promoter: Jacobs, Golovkin Have To Get in Line Canelo Needs To Face a Legitimate Threat in Near Future Gilberto Ramirez: I'll Go To 175, I'm Ready To Challenge Gvozdyk News: Raeese Aleem, Abraham Nova, Peres-Daniels Rematch Gilberto Ramirez Retains, Majority Nod Over Jesse Hart Gilberto Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart II - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gervonta Davis vs. Abner Mares Heads To San Diego, Feb. 9 Fielding: Canelo is a Big Challenge - But One I Look Forward To Gilberto Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart - LIVE Results From Texas Hearn: If Wilder Doesn't Want Joshua - Nothing We Can Do Samuel Clarkson vs. Ryad Merhy in Charleroi, Belgium David Benavidez Back in Action on Spence vs. Garcia Card De La Hoya: I Built Golden Boy, White Had Fertittas To Build UFC Canelo: I'll Return To 160, But We Can Do Fights Between 160-168 Photos: Katie Taylor, Eva Wahlstrom - On Point For Showdown Photos: Tevin Farmer, Francisco Fonseca - Ready For Title Clash Photos: Canelo, Rocky Fielding - Ready For Battle at MSG Canelo-Fielding Weigh-In Results From Madison Square Garden Bradley Skeete Will Now Headline ESPN+ Card From Brentwood Dehydrated Lemieux Hospitalized, Won't Fight Tureano Johnson Brett Yormark Leads New Advisory Board For Haymon Sports Photos: Manny Pacquiao Raising His Intensity Level in Camp News: Jason Welborn, Zachary Ochoa, Bowen-Clark, Yarde, More De La Hoya: This Fight Can Be Very Dangerous For Canelo Mauricio Herrera Aims To "Mentally" Break Sadam Ali Deontay Wilder: I've Had Seven Surgeries on My Arm Charlo: Sooner or Later, Canelo & GGG Have To Answer To Me! Canelo vs. Fielding Nearly Got Derailed By Passport Mix-Up Genesis Servania Would Love Another Crack at Oscar Valdez UK News: Sunny Edwards, Foley vs. Brown, Joseph Roswell Khan Smiles: I Would Have Stopped Kell Brook in Six Rounds

Latest Active Forum Threads