By Rocky Morales at ringside
In a total war, 20-year-old René Téllez Giron (14-1, 8 KOs) pulled off a tremendous upset with a knockout victory over 2016 USA Olympian Karlos Balderas (9-1, 8 KOs). Balderas was in control for the first two rounds using his footwork, height and reach advantage to win the rounds from distance.
In the third round, however, the pitbull like Giron landed a perfect left hook to drop Balderas like a sack of potatoes. Balderas was hurt badly and undeniably saved by referee Ray Corona, who instructed Balderas to come forward only for Balderas to fall backward into the corner. The fight seemingly should have been stopped then and there but Corona gave Balderas more time and then the bell sounded to end the third round.
In the fourth round, Balderas landed a desperation blatant low blow which bought him another minute and also bought Giron an admonishment from the referee who seemingly was warning Giron not to retaliate while he should have been admonishing Balderas and deducting a point. Balderas had a better fifth round and seemed on his way to taking back control of the fight.
Giron, however, didn’t get the memo and smashed Balderas towards the end of the sixth round with a monster left hook that Balderas could not get up from and led to him being counted out. Time of the stoppage was 2:59 of the sixth round of the scheduled eight round lightweight contest. A very exciting and fan-friendly fight with a storybook ending to open up the Fox PBC telecast.