By: Sean Cross
Matchroom Boxing and DAZN host 24-2-1 featherweight Mauricio Lara and 33-5-1 Jose San Martin in a scheduled ten-round live card from Mexico City on Saturday night. But first, 3-0 Alberto Mora fights 14-7-2 Diego Andrade in a scheduled eight-round lightweight bout.
Andrade was the first striker, but Mora had his moments. Andrade gets the man in the second and is able to land. Although his punching was somewhat sluggish, Andrade was able to continue to pressure Mora in the third. With that in mind, Mora was able to throw and land effectively in the fourth.
Mora worked effectively in the fifth, especially on the body. Andrade took a beating in the sixth, but – with a face covered in blood – continued to participate. Mora continued to press the pace in the seventh. Andrade went down in the eighth and final round. He managed to get to his feet in time, but needed a visit from the ring doctor to continue. Suffice it to say, Mora walked out of the ring after the final bell, recording the referee’s decision.
Next, 12-0 Reshat Matti takes on 10-2-1 Leon Rodriguez in a scheduled ten-round junior welterweight bout. Matty was able to execute his craft well in the first two rounds. Rodriguez worked well behind the jab in the third, but Matty had some great shots. Still, Rodriguez managed to push through the action. The fourth was close, everyone was fighting carefully. The fifth round was a series of times for each man, as there seemed to be no real sustained action.
According to the DAZN broadcast team, Matty’s corner is undermining the Mexico City’s towering power fighter. The momentum may have continued to slow in the sixth. Rodriguez was able to rest well in the seventh. Although Matty rested himself well, Rodriguez seemed to be starting to tear the man down. Matty held tight in the eighth until Rodriguez reached the end of the round. Matty continued the game in the ninth inning. Rodriguez pushed the action in the tenth and final round, but it wasn’t enough. Matty was awarded the decision win.
14-1 Jeremy Cuevas fights 19-1-2 Angel Fierro in a scheduled ten round lightweight bout. Cuevas was initially the more active of the two men. Both fighters traded well in the second. The fight remained a high-octane affair in the third. Fiyro shook the man with a fourth. Cuevas’ lack of head movement allowed Fierro to tag him.
Fierro quickly spit out a seemingly endless number of shots in the fifth. Cuevas, surprisingly, didn’t hit back, instead choosing to wait until Cuevas seemed to run out of steam before pouncing on his opponent. It proved to be the sixth battle, with Fierro shaking the man in the last moment. Then he went for the kill early in the seventh, firing shots in a frenzy. And yet Cueva doesn’t go down easily. However, Cuevas was simply taking too much punishment without doing much – if anything – in return. The referee mercifully stepped in and stopped the fight.