Rivera KOs Fernandez in WBA eliminator

Rivera Vs Fernandez
Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

In a WBA lightweight eliminator, unbeaten WBA #9 Michel “La Zarza Ali” Rivera (21-0, 14 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round knockout over WBA #11 Jon Fernández (21-2, 18 KOs) in the Colbert-King Tug co-feature on Saturday night at the Dignity Heath Park in Carson, California. Good fight withs ebbs and flows. Fernandez dropped Rivera in round six, but Rivera came back to knock out Fernandez in round eight. Time was :44.

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  • Great one punch KO. Congratulations to Michel and Sampson Lewkowicz

  • Nice fight between Fernandez and Rivera.

    Rivera could not miss with the ol’ 1-2 punch sequence because Fernandez kept his left hand lowered, and Fernandez had no defensive rhythm(s). Because he never tasted the canvas leading to the fight, Fernandez may have also slightly underestimated Rivera’s punching power.

    I will keep an eye on Rivera in future fights.

  • It was a shame for the brave Jon Fernández, our current best boxer in Spain in my opinion. Rivera has everything to became champion except the chin, and that is very important. Jon must recover itself, he is still 25, reset and start winning local and european championship. And the most important to fight more often !! Good luck Jon, very nice guy telling “sorry” to his corner for the KO.

  • It will be difficult for Fernandez to recover mentally from such a devastating KO. European boxers are fragile mentally. As for Rivera, I would tell his promoter Sampson to have him fight a couple of times more before going for the title. He has some defensive flaws to correct.

  • How is it a eliminator when neither are top ranked in the rankings???

  • I’m so happy for the winners of the bouts especially Prime Time Christopher Colbert and . Mr. Rivera also very happy no one was injured during the bout God Bless you all .

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