Jhonatan Romero put a bit of a beating on Efrain Esquivias in tonight's ShoBox main event from the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California, winning every round on all three judges' score cards. Final tallies were 120-108, 120-108, and 120-107.
Romero (22-0, 12 KO) enjoyed a considerable height advantage, which will often be the case for a 122-pound fighter who stands 5'9". He was able to beat Esquivias (16-2, 9 KO) both from range and inside, where he consistently landed harder, cleaner blows.
One thing you can't say is that Romero really outworked Esquivias, who threw his hands plenty, but was on the bad end of a lot of extended rallies from the unbeaten Colombian.
It was a strong performance for Romero, who outclassed a guy who hung tough with former world titleholder Rico Ramos in June. He's not quite top ten yet, probably, but he's certainly on the rise.
In the co-feature, also a super bantawmeight bout, Roman Morales improved to 13-0 (6 KO) with a win over Jonathan Arrellano, who falls to 13-1-1 (3 KO). Morales did go down in the third round, but came back big and dropped Arrellano on a body shot in round six. I missed this one, but BLH's Matt Miller scored the fight 77-73 for Morales, consistent with the official scores: 78-72, 78-72, and 77-73.