Ronny Rios lost his "0" tonight, but more concerning was his performance in his TKO-5 loss to Robinson Castellanos, as the 24-year-old fighter never looked right physically, appearing possibly concussed from the get-go, as Castellanos hammered home rights and lefts all night and
Castellanos (20-10, 13 KO) dominated despite being cut in the first round on an accidental headbutt -- though it may have actually been a punch -- with Rios (20-1, 13 KO) having trouble focusing his eyes, and constantly looking away mid-action. In the corner between each round, he just looked totally out of it, and there was plenty of instant criticism for even sending him out there for the fifth round. Referee Ray Corona stepped in when Rios was hurt again, stopping it 11 seconds into the round.
Castellanos called out WBC featherweight titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez, as well as WBC silver titlist Rocky Juarez after the fight, speaking with FOX Sports 1's Rich Marotta.
"Jhonny Gonzalez, why don't you stop fighting flyweights? That's all you do is fight flyweights. Come and fight me," he said through an interpreter. "Rocky, you have a title that you know belongs to me."
"It's not about the record. I know my strength and my motivation. I respect Ronny Rios for giving me this opportunity. Not too many out there will give me this opportunity," Castellanos added.
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Antonio Orozco improved to 21-0 (15 KO) with an eight-round shutout win over veteran Steve Forbes in a welterweight bout, with BLH scoring it the same as all three judges, 80-72. The 37-year-old Forbes (35-14, 11 KO) hung around nicely and gave Orozco some decent work, as he still has some tricks up his sleeve and can take a punch. And honestly, I thought he looked better in this one than he did a couple years ago against Karim Mayfield, which is the last time I remember seeing Forbes. He's just a professional opponent now, but at least he's still a useful one.
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Diego De La Hoya pretty much cruised through his seventh pro fight, dominating Luis Ruiz over six rounds en route to an unanimous decision win. De La Hoya (7-0, 5 KO) beat up Ruiz (5-3-1, 2 KO), winning on scores of 60-54 across the board, which was the right score. He scored no knockdowns and never had the tough Ruiz in any serious danger, but Ruiz was also never competitive in the fight.