Foster TKOs Roman; Herandez, Zepeda win

WBC #9 super featherweight O’Shaquie Foster (18-2, 11 KOs) won by ninth round TKO over WBC #7 Miguel “Mickey” Roman (62-14, 47 KOs) on Thursday night in a temporary ring built in the parking lot of Freddie Roach’s legendary Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles. Foster dropped Roman with a right hand in round one, but veteran ring warrior Roman hung tough until he was dropped again in round nine. Foster got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Time was :58. Foster retained his WBC silver title.

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WBC #10 super featherweight Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez (30-1, 27 KOs) scored a third round KO over Eduardo Garza (15-3-1, 8 KOs). A body shot finished Garza. Time was 2:37.
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Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Ring City USA

Undefeated lightweight William Zepeda (22-0, 20 KOs) relentlessly battered Roberto Ramirez (23-3-1, 16 KOs) for five rounds before getting a referee’s stoppage. Time was 2:43 of the fifth.
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Cruiserweight Marco Deckmann (4-1, 3 KOs) outpointed Cristiano Pedro (2-3-1, 1 KO) over four rounds.

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  • I’m not much of a fan of NBC, but their sports department got their new boxing series off to a good start. The bouts were interesting and action-packed. Also, the announcing crew were not shills like you often find on ESPN.

  • Good bouts tonight. My main interest was in seeing how Rocky Hernandez bounced back after his shocking loss to Gutierrez. Well, it looks like he’s back on track as Garza was no match for him. I was shocked by how Garza was so open for left and right uppercuts. Garza could not hurt Hernandez, so Rocky just walked him down and administered a beating finishing with a tremendous body shot in the 3rd round that took everything out of Garza.

    As for Ramirez, he’s not as good as I thought he would be. Based on his record, I thought he would put up a good fight against Zepeda. However, most of the punches he throws are arm punches, and worse, he tries to place them instead of punching through the target. He just didn’t make good use of his height and reach to keep Zepeda at a distance. He often traded blows with Zepeda, which is not a winning strategy if you can’t hurt him. Zepeda marched through everything Ramirez threw at him and stepped up his attack before ref stopped the fight.

    As for the main event, Foster was too sharp and too elusive for Roman to have a chance against him. It looks like Foster was also the harder hitter. Roman was a sitting duck for the pinpoint punches that landed frequently. Foster probably could have ended the fight sooner, but he inexplicably didn’t throw body punches when Roman was trying to survive after the first knockdown. He had his guard high and left his midsection open, but Foster kept headhunting until the round ended. He’ll learn as he gains more experience. He’d better. There’s a lot of tough competition at 130 lbs.

    It was actually an enjoyable night of boxing. The fights provided a lot of action and we had the opportunity to see fighters on their way up to bigger and better things.

    • Allways pinpoint accuracy in your comments ; i’m allways happy and hurry to read your analysis about the sport i love ! Well done..

    • Well said brother, Roman has been in A lot of wars I hope he hangs them up, maybe a farewell fight in Juarez and call it done.

  • Good for Foster. I remember seeing him fight on ShoBox years ago and expecting much, but not seeing a great deal. He still has a ways to go, but he’s definitely made some improvements and, at his age, just entering his prime, he has a good chance to make some noise. I’d like to see him in with someone like an Albert Bell, maybe, next time out.

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