Jesse Rodriguez performs in a clinical presentation to win the WBC World Super-Flyweight title against Carlos Cuadras at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona
(Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom or Melina Pizano/Matchroom)
Rodriguez (15-0 10 KOs) fulfilled the promise many critics called for as the must-watch young fighter in 2022 and entered his first-ever world fight against former Governor Quadras (39-5-1 27 KOs) as a replacement for Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. sick.
“Bam” showed no signs that the task was too big despite lifting two weights in his first world title fight, in fact he was scheduled to be the first in round 12, and proved the point in round three, with Quadras peach on the floor top in the third round.
The Mexican, who was looking to reclaim the title he won in 2014-16, kept Rodriguez true to his experience and strength, but the 22-year-old showed impressive movement and unique angles to constantly clip Cuadras and stomped on the gas to lead his side. He eventually triumphed at home, taking wins 117-110, 117-110 and 115-112 on paper and becoming the world’s youngest and firstborn ruler of the 2000s.
“It was a tough fight,” Rodriguez said. “He brought in Jesse Rodriguez I didn’t know he was inside of me, I’m so happy.
“I knew it was going to be a tough fight, he’s a real warrior, I thought I’d get him out of there but he’s so strong.
“I stuck to the game plan, used my corners, but in the fifth round, I knew he wasn’t going, so I just stuck together and did my job.
“I feel good at this weight so I’m going to stay here for now but if I do a good fight at 108lbs or 112lbs maybe I’ll get the winner of the Chocolateito vs MartinezWho knows – I’m only open to the best fights.”
Jimmy Mitchell (8-0-2 5 KOs) impacted in her first WBA welterweight title defense against Carly Skelly (4-1-1), as she took a dominant win in the fourth round by stopping. Skelly hit the cloth hard in the closing seconds of the opening round, and Mitchell repeated the stunt at the end of the second. Somehow, the Briton came back into her corner and during the third round, but a volley in the fourth inning disturbed the senses too much at once, and the umpire finished the proceedings – Mitchell’s right hand could be a real weapon at 118 lbs.
“It was great, my first defense and my most valuable fight as a professional,” said Mitchell. Shout out to Clarissa Shields for winning the UK tonight, we had a great competition in the crowd so thank her for that. She is truly a GWOAT and an inspiration.
“If you were to run towards me, I would stop you in your tracks and that’s what happened.
I will only get better, we train all year round, people sleep on me but I will wake them up slowly.”
Raymond Ford (11-0-1 6 KOs) defended the WBA Continental Featherweight title with a controversial victory over Edward Vazquez (11-1 3 KOs). Ford was defending his title for the second time but started slowly against the Texas rival, who was full of intent from the start. Ford developed the fight to the end and finished strong and held onto his title with cards 96-94 Vasquez, 98-92 Ford and 97-93 Ford.
Fernando Diaz (11-1-1 3 KOs) and Lorenzo Smith (10-1 8 KOs) shared ten entertaining Flyweight runs that didn’t hurt their reputation. Smith cut Diaz with a left hook to put him in fifth, and the action heated up as the fight came to a close, with Diaz beating his hometown man in eighth, but Smith shot in ninth and both men let it all go in the last round—thanks to results from 96-93, 96-93 and 95-94, Diaz earned a nod for the win.
Khalil Coe (2-0-1 2 KOs) scored a dominant second-round KO win over Dylan O’Sullivan (1-1) to put the disappointment of a last-ditch tie behind him. A big floor hit O’Sullivan a minute before to go into the second round, Coe dumped a Tennessee man who had no answer for his “Big Steppa” barrage.
Elijah Garcia (10-0 9 KOs) scored his ninth straight career win in front of his hometown crowd as Antonio Hernandez (6-12-2 4 KOs) pulled their fighter out of harm’s way after three rounds of action.
The opening bout of the night saw local heavyweight Adam Stewart win (13-1-1 8 KOs) in all of six rounds, and scored a final round knockout to bid farewell to Alvin Davey (6-3 5 KOs).
Aaron Aponte’s (5-0 2 KOs) first fight under the Matchroom against Louis Jourdain (2-1 1 KO) ended with the “Alien King” victory.