By David Robinett at ringside
In a surprise result between former interim world champions, 35-year-old Oscar Escandon (26-5, 17 KOs) turned back the clock and knocked out previously undefeated Filipino contender Jhack Tepora (23-1, 17 KOs) with a perfect left hook to the body at 1:30 of the opening stanza of a scheduled ten-round featherweight contest on Saturday night at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California.
Escandon, coming in on a three-fight losing streak, traded punches with Tepora early, then, while on the attack with Tepora along the ropes, ripped a textbook left hook to the body that dropped Tepora onto his knees after a delayed reaction. Tepora, in visible distress, could barely move, let alone beat the count, resulting in the first win for Escandon in nearly four years. Textbook example of “that’s why they fight the fights.”
Tepora entnred the fight rated IBF #3 (with the #1 and #2 spots vacant), WBC #9 and WBC #10.