LAS VEGAS – On the eve of the most important night of boxing, Jesus Rojas (26-1-2, 19 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico captured the WBA Interim Featherweight title with a stunning seventh-round knockout victory against Claudio Marrero (22-2, 16 KOs) in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at the MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom in Las Vegas. Rojas pressured Marrero in each and every round of a back-and-forth fight. Eventually, Marrero succumbed to Rojas’ power after a series of counterpunches, culminated by a left hook, ended matters at 2:59 of the seventh round.
“I’m super happy and super emotional,” said Jesus Rojas. “I want to thank Roberto Diaz and the entire Golden Boy team, my family and my kids. This is the joy of many years of sacrifice and many fights that have been taken from me. I promised my father that I would get a title one day, and even though he is no longer with, my promise to him is complete. We knew that he [Marrero] was going to be aggressive and we purposely worked on our counterpunching, and that was what did the trick.”
The young and highly talented Ryan Garcia (11-0, 10 KO’s) blasted Miguel Carrizoza (10-3, 2 KO’s) with just a hard one-two dropping him to the canvas, Carrizoza continued Garcia took him out impressively at the official time of .33 seconds of round one by KO victory.