By: David Colon
June 11th, Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California: In the main event of an Estrada Roman / TGB co-promoted Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 Oxnard, California, former WBA Lightweight Champion, Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios returned from an 18-month hiatus/retirement to score a “Bam Bam” styled seventh round knockout of Yucatán, Mexico’s, Aaron “La Joya” Herrera.
In the typical “rock’em sock’em” Rios friendly war, Herrera would carry his weight in the fast starting give one to get one battle. Both fighters would have their moments and momentum swings but the heavier handed pressing Rios in his niche never straying too far from the body wore Herrera down breaking through putting Herrera on his knee for a referee Jack Reiss ten count at 2:11 of round seven. Rios improves to 34-3-1, 24Ko’s while Herrera drops to 32-7-1, 21Ko’s.
In the ten-round welterweight semi main event, San Antonio, Texas, Mario “Golden Boy” Barrios remained undefeated scoring a seventh round TKO stoppage of Monterrey, Mexico’s, Jose “La Boa” Rodriguez.
The two way, free swinging, “you’re in my space” action opened up quickly with the eight year younger, taller, longer Barrios out working and out slugging the feisty Rodriguez with a variety of shots finally shutting him down with a well-placed drilling left hook to the liver forcing referee Zac Young to wave it over at 0:37 of round seven. Barrios extending his KO streak to three climbs to 19-0, 11Ko’s while Rodriguez falls to 21-10, 12Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In a scheduled eight round jr. welterweight affair Aguascalientes, Mexico, southpaw power punching 19-year-old, Jose Miguel Borrego set the table for the main events trading leather with Lancaster, California’s, 25-year-old, Kevin Watts for most of the first three rounds tracking down the mobile Watts in round four with a series of power shots putting the willing Californian down about the midpoint of round four. The stone-cold finisher never one to waste an advantage returned to work battering watts to the corner for an unanswered volley of heavy punches forcing referee Jack Reiss to step in and wave it over at 2:42 of round four. Borrego running his knockout victory run to eleven moves to 13-0, 12Ko’s while watts suffering just the second loss of his career drops to 11-2, 4Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round lightweight affair the now Robert Garcia trained, Guillermo Rigondeaux victim, Roberto Marroquin continued his on again off again career scoring a fourth-round knockout of Barranquilla, Colombia’s, rugged Jonathan Perez. The bigger, taller, longer Marroquin controlling the pace and the distance until catching the tough Columbian with a devastating left hook prompting referee Zac Young seeing the wobbling but very hurt Perez make it upright rightly waved the fight over at 2:23 of round four. Marroquin looking to get back in the thick of the division improves to 26-4-1, 19Ko’s while Perez 1-4 in his last five drops to 37-19, 29Ko’s.
In an energetic, six round welterweight bout Inglewood, California’s, Eridanni Leon out worked LA’s, Isaac “Puma” Freeman to a 59-55 times three unanimous decision. Leon moves to 5-2, 1Ko while Freeman drops to 3-5-1, 3Ko’s.
In a six round jr. welterweight bout Reseda, California, southpaw, Juan Funez remained unbeaten overwhelming and stopping Sonora, Mexico’s, not ready for prime-time Edgar “El Profe” Garcia with an unreciprocated two-handed attack forcing referee Zac Young to step in and stop the punishment at 1:53 of round two. Funez advances to 10-0-1, 4Ko’s while Garcia 1-3 in his last four drops to 5-13-1, 1Ko.
In a four-round preliminary bout Hollywood, California, welterweight, Daniel Fabela floored San Francisco’s, durable Phillip Percy twice in round three enroute to a 39-35, 40-34 times two unanimous decision. Fabela moves to 2-3 while Percy still in search of his first pro win drops to 0-4.