On the televised opener undefeated junior middleweights Geovanni Rodriguez and John Thompson squared off in an 8 round bout. Thompson is trained by Buddy McGirt and entered the ring in possession of better skills while being more active than the self-described awkward Rodriguez.
I got to see Thompson ringside in his last fight and I was impressed by his speed and jab. However, I did note that he often backed straight up with his chin exposed. Tonight was no different as commentator Steve Farhood also commented that Thompson’s chin remained un-tucked when he threw his right hand.
Thompson jumped out to an early lead on the scorecards, which was important since this was the first time he was scheduled to fight beyond 6 rounds. Rodriguez found success as he closed the distance in the third. That success was fool’s gold as he soon found himself in harm’s way. The result was falling victim to two flash knockdowns.
Thompson controlled the pace and distance as the fight went on, but always seemed in danger due to his often exposed chin and stamina.
A desperate Rodriguez moved forward in the final round knowing that he needed a knockdown to win.
Thompson remained calm and hurt the charging Rodriguez and again sent his foe to the canvas. A second knockdown followed, but Rodriguez made it to the final round on his feet.
The official scores reflected the action in the ring, as Thompson was declared the unanimous winner by scores of 78-70, 78-71, and 78-70.
With the victory Thompson improved to 12-0, 4 KO and Rodriguez fell to 8-1, 5 KO
Jason Pribila is a full voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and could be reached for questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on twitter.com @PribsBoxing.