Rocha vs Ashie Card: Rocha, Collazo & Melikuziev Scored Knockouts As Schofield Went The Distance
Welterweight contender Alexis Rocha (22-1, 14KO) blasted out replacement fighter George Ashie (35-6-1, 25KO) with a meme-style knockout. It was “bombs away” from the opening bell as both men were throwing leather. Rocha quickly gained the advantaged by landing counter hooks and dropping Ashie in the third round. As the fight continued, Rocha was landing everything including the kitchen sink.
In round seven, he took advantage of Ashie’s exposed chin and landed a crushing hook, that had the referee waving off the fight before his opponent hit the canvas. This was the statement he needed with the possibility of a WBO title fight against Terence Crawford looming.
OSCAR COLLAZO AWAITS MELVIN JERUSALEM
In a WBO minimumweight title eliminator, Oscar Collazo (6-0, 4KO) inches closer to a title shot after running over Yudel Reyes (15-2, 5KO). Collazo’s power-punching was a huge factor in this fight. Blessed with speed, power, and footwork, the Puerto Rican fought well dictating the pace off the front foot. In round five, he turned it up by letting those hands go and landed powerful hooks before flooring Reyes twice and bringing an end to the fight. This was a statement made by Collazo to the WBO champion Melvin Jerusalem that he is coming!
BEKTEMIR MELIKUZIEV GETS A NEEDED KO
Super middleweight prospect Bektemir Melikuziev (11-1, 9KO) made easy work of Ulises Sierra (17-3-2, 10KO). Melikuziev’s body attack was in beast mode from the start of the bell. In the third round, he ripped off beautiful body shots that dropped Sierra twice before getting counted out. Leading up to the fight, team Melikuziev has expressed wanting to rematch Gabriel Rosado to avenge his sole defeat. The Super middleweight division is stacked, and Melikuziev is looking to make an impact.
FLOYD SCHOFIELD LOOKS IMPRESSIVE
Lightweight prospect Floyd Schofield (13-0, 10KO) beat up Alberto Mercado (17-5-1, 4KO) with little resistance scoring the victory. Schofield put on another dominating performance against the tough veteran Puerto Rican. He went to the body early in the fight slowing down the movement of Mercado, and was landing punches at will.
Fighting under the guidance of trainer Ronnie Shields, Schofield showed patience and focus beyond his years. In his first ten-round bout, the young prospect looked impressive as all three judges scored it 100-90 in his favor. 3kingsboxing agrees with the judges. Schofield is being groomed as the future of the division as he walked away with the WBA International title
By: Bo Bland