By Ken Hissner: At Tech Port Arena, over DAZN Saturday returning home to San Antonio, Texas, 22-year-old WBC World Super Flyweight champion Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez made his first defense stopping former two-time WBC World Super Fly champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand in eight rounds. In the co-feature, WBA and IBF World champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan stopped WBA No. 1 ranked Ronny Rios of California in twelve rounds.
In the main event, WBC World Super Flyweight champion 22-year-old Jesse Bam’ Rodriguez, 16-0 (11), #114.6, of San Antonio, TX, stopped former two-time WBC Super Fly World champion southpaw Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 50-6-1 (43), #114.6, of Si Sa Ket, TH, at 1:50 of the eighth round of a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the first round, it was all Rungvisai, but in the final half-minute, Rodriguez finished stronger. In the second round, they took turns getting the best of one another. In the third and fourth rounds, the action continued going back and forth, with Rodriguez landing more.
In the fifth and sixth rounds, Rodriguez showed angles and outworked and out-landed Rungvisai. He scored a knockdown early in the seventh round as Rungvisai’s glove touched the canvas forcing Referee Mark Calo oy to rule a knockdown. In the eighth round, Rodriguez landed a dozen unanswered punches forcing referee Calo oy to call a halt.
In the co-main event, WBA and IBF World Super Bantamweight champ southpaw Murodjon Akhmadaliev, 11-0 (8), #121.2, of Namagam, Uzbekistan and Indio, CA, stopped WBA No. 1 ranked Ronny Rios, 33-4 (16), #121.8, of Santa Ana, CA, at 2:06 of the twelfth and final round though he had an injured left hand.
In the first round, a solid jab from Akhmadaliev rocked Rios. In the fourth round, Akhmadaliev had Rios hurt badly. In the sixth round, Akhmadaliev landed left uppercuts to the chin while Rios continued coming forward with hands held high, failing to pull the trigger, being out-landed 2-1, losing all six rounds.
In the seventh round, Rios finally started landing punches taking a close round. In the eighth and ninth rounds, with a possible hurt left hand, Akhmadaliev couldn’t miss with right hook after hook to the chin of Rios.
In the tenth, Rios came out, landing a right on the chin, and may have won his second round. In the eleventh round, the southpaw Akhmadaliev again controlled with his jab and right hooks.
In the twelfth and final round, at the midway point, three left uppercuts to the body from Akhmadaliev dropped Rios for an 8-count from Referee Rafael Ramos.
Upon rising, Akhmadaliev was all over him, forcing Referee Ramos to call a halt. This should set up a unified fight with Philly’s WBC and WBO champion unbeaten Stephen ‘Cool Boy’ Stephen Fulton.
WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF World Female champion Jessica ‘CasKILLA’ McCaskill, 12-2 (5), #144, of Chicago, IL, stopped Alma ‘The Conqueror’ Ibarra, 10-2 (5), #144.4, of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, MEX, who refused to come out after three rounds of a scheduled 10×2 rounds.
In the first round, McCaskill came out swinging wildly, rocking Ibarra in the first minute of the round. At the end of the second round, McCaskill rocked Ibarra with an overhand right on the chin.
In the third round, it got sloppy with Referee Guadalupe Garcia warning Ibarra for continuous holding, and shortly later, both ended on the canvas. In between rounds, Ibarra refused to come out, claiming it was McCaskill holding.
WBA Continental Americas Featherweight champion southpaw Raymond ‘Savage’ Ford, 12-0-1 (6), #125.8, of Camden, NJ, easily defeated 21-year-old Richard ‘Ricky El Castigo’ Medina, Jr., 13-1 (7), #125.4, of San Antonio, TX, over ten rounds also winning the vacant IBF North America title.
In the first two rounds, each fighter took one. The third and fourth were too quick with his jab taking the rounds. In the sixth round, Ford cut the left eyebrow of Medina with a solid left though the referee claimed it was from a clash of heads.
In the seventh and eighth rounds, even when Martinez had Ford against the ropes, Ford would spin off and continue dominating the oncoming Martinez, countering him at will.
In the ninth round, Ford started showboating by the end of the round. In the tenth and final round, Ford controlled the fight. The referee was Mark Calo-oy.
Middleweight Nikita ‘White Chocolate’ Ababiy, 12-0 (6), #156.6, of Brooklyn, NY, won a close decision over Noe Larios, Jr., 14-2 (6), #156.4, of 156.4, of Romona, CA, over eight rounds.
In the first two rounds, there was little action between the two boxers, with Ababiy having a slight edge. Ababiy was inactive for eight months while Larios was coming off his first loss and ended the third through the fifth rounds well, landing a right at the end of the fourth rocking Ababiy.
In the sixth round, it was close, with Ababiy taking it evening the fight after six rounds. In the eighth and final round, both wanted to pull it out, with both landing at the bell. The referee was Rafael Ramos.
Scores were 78-74, with this writer 76-76.
17-year-old Bantamweight Jesus Panterita’ Martinez, 2-0 (0), #120, of Del Rio, TX, came off the canvas to earn a majority decision over southpaw Keven ‘Trouble’ Monroy, 1-2 (1), #120.2, of Spring Valley, CA, over four action rounds.
In the first two rounds, Martinez showed good skills and a solid left hook near the end of the second round, rocking Monroy.
In the third round, a left to the body from Monroy caused a flash knockdown over Martinez for an 8-count from referee Javier Pena in the final seconds of the round.
In the fourth and final round, both fighters continued landing a volume of punches for the most part.
Scores were 38-38, 39-36 and 39-37, and 38-37 for this writer.
Ring Announcer David Diamante.