By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
WBC super flyweight champion, San Antonio’s Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez (17-0 11 KOs) successfully defended his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Israel Gonzalez (28-5-1 11 KOs) of Mexico in the pay-per view co-feature at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The challenger Gonzalez wasted no time letting his hands go as Rodriguez countered with flush shots. Rodriguez pressed in round three and picked his shots patiently as he stood on top of Gonzalez. Unloading with big punches to begin the fourth, Rodriguez attacked but Gonzalez stood in the pocket exchanging, a low blow by Gonzalez prompted referee Kenny Bayless to issue a warning.
In the fifth, Rodriguez and Gonzalez stood inside exchanging as the 15-1 challenger proved though thus far. The sixth round saw Rodriguez connect with a hard right. Past the halfway point in the seventh round, Rodriguez pressed the action and continued to stay on top of Gonzalez. Proving tough thus far, Gonzalez held his own making the champ work, a low blow by Rodriguez forced Bayless to warn Rodriguez. A second low blow in the eighth prompted Bayless to deduct a point from Rodriguez.
Late in the fight in the tenth, Rodriguez and Gonzalez continued to exchange at close range. The championship rounds saw Rodriguez grinding but connected with another low blow as the champ flirted with disqualification. In the twelfth and final round, Bam Rodriguez stood busy taking it to Gonzalez. After completing twelve rounds the judges scored the bout 118-109, 117-110, and 114-113 as Rodriguez retains his WBC title.