By Marc Livitz: David Rodriguez extended his unbeaten record to 35-0-(33), at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas on Friday night when he knocked out Owen Beck inside three rounds.
Heavyweight Fight for FECOMBOX Mexican National Championship
Beck (232 lbs) v Rodriguez (250.2 lbs):
First round: powerful lefts produce cut over right eye for Beck. Very impressive speed by the 6’4" Rodriguez. Good combinations. Nice lefts to the body. Left to the chin staggered Beck.
Rd#2: Rodriguez was cautioned about forearms to the throat of Beck. Clear case of fatigue setting in for David Rodriguez by end of second round.
Round #3: Beck gets his feet back under him and lands a few shots. Not long after, a hard shot to the chest is followed by a perfect, short but crushing left by Rodriguez that dropped Beck. Eyes rolled back, head hits the canvas. Shades of Ricky Hatton & Paul Williams. Immediate stoppage! Beck remained on the canvas for several minutes and was given oxygen. Fifth straight loss for Owen Beck which may just convince him to retire. As for Rodriguez, a matchup with Chris Arreola may be on the horizon.
Co-Main Event: David “Strictly Business” Medina 22-2 (10) vs. Juan Astorga 15-6 (10)
Astorga vs Medina: Rounds #1 & 2 very strategic. Medina boxed nicely & Astorga had a few moments as well. Fighters essentially standing off to work each other out.
Round 3 didn’t exactly please the crowd at the Haskins Center, but Medina clearly won the round, thanks to effective punching & combinations. Medina stunned Astorga with overhand right in 5th round. Astorga finished the round with a bloody mouth. A Medina left hook to the chin in round 6 produced a knockdown & stoppage at 1:00. Astorga was unable to walk back to his own corner. David Medina may be the next opponent for Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. according to some reports.
Perhaps the best fight of the evening was a welterweight clash between Carlos Villa 1-0 (1) of El Paso and Lorenzo Estrada 3-18 (1), Las Cruces, NM. Estrada was winless in last three years & took the fight on less than a week’s notice (replacement for Colbert Lozoya). In the first round, Lorenzo Estrada sought to assert himself & press the action versus his younger opponent. He stunned the much younger Villa with a hook to the chin. Estrada was a very off-balance fighter and did not appear to be exactly fighting fit.
Second round was very much a case of boxer vs brawler. Villa took control during the round. Left hand snapped Estrada’s head back.
Round. 3: Knockdown at 2:15, appeared to be loss of balance by Estrada. Replay showed it to be closer to a shove. Toe to toe action during final 10-15 seconds of round #3. Estrada easily took round 4, but the knockdown (although not the most legitimate) made the difference. Majority decision win for Villa.
June 24, 2011