Francisco Rodriguez Jr. faced off against Jomar Fajardo tonight in a rematch of their November 15th 10 round junior flyweight fight, which ended in a draw. Rodriguez, who vacated his strawweight titles before facing Fajardo in November, was hoping to rectify his performance in the first fight with Fajardo.
Rodriguez had trouble finding his range early on, although he was successful from the outside and worked the distance to his advantage. Fajardo started off with a strategic body attack and his best work was done on the inside.
Rodriguez scored a knockdown in the 2nd round as the time was running out, but it probably served Fajardo more because he was on the receiving end of some devastating combinations that started up top and ended to the body.
Fajardo remained in the fight as a live body and did what he could to stay competitive, but Rodriguez dictated the pace and flashed his brilliance at a more consistent rate, especially compared to the first fight.
Rodriguez won the unanimous decision with the scores of 99-90, 97-92, and 100-92.
In the televised opener, Mexican junior welterweight Aaron Herrera got more than what he probably bargained for in his opponent Wilfrido Buelvas.
Although the scores didn’t reflect it, Buelvas was in the fight and made it a tough night for Herrera. Herrera was able to get the convincing victory, but Buelvas was tough to find at times and never gave easy looks without returning on Herrera.
In the end, it was Herrera’s activity and accuracy that helped him cruise to the unanimous decision victory. It wasn’t an incredibly impressive performance for Herrera, but he separated himself in the fight and appeared to land the most significant shots.