21-year-old Mexican super featherweight prospect Rocky Hernandez picked up a good amount of hype in his home country, and recently signed a co-promotional deal with Golden Boy. Tonight, he made his debut in the U.S. and on DAZN, knocking out Ibrahim Class in the second round.
Hernandez (28-0, 25 KO) hurt Class with a left hook, then landed a couple more shots to put the Tanzanian down. Class (22-6, 10 KO) got up, but Hernandez pounced, looking to finish. Hernandez drilled him with a right uppercut, and Class crumpled to the canvas again, this time not beating the count.
Official time of the knockout was 1:58 of round two.
As far as living up to the hype goes, this was a hell of a start for Hernandez.
WHAT A DEBUT FROM ROCKY HERNANDEZ! #WatchOnDAZN pic.twitter.com/LDWH9RucKg— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) March 31, 2019
Danielito Zorrilla KO-2 Gamaliel Diaz
A showcase for Zorrilla (11-0, 9 KO), a 25-year-old junior welterweight prospect from Puerto Rico. Diaz (40-20-3, 19 KO) is a former super featherweight titleholder, but he’s been past his best days for a long time now — he’s only won once since 2014, and is now 1-9 in his last 10. At 38, he’s about as done as he’s going to get. Zorrilla put him down late in the first round with a body shot, followed up by a right to the head and a left hook behind it. Diaz was down again late in the second, and that time he didn’t get up. Official time was 2:59 of round two.
Zorrilla Just DROPPED Diaz #WatchOnDAZN pic.twitter.com/QgUWslRJVP— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) March 31, 2019
Aaron McKenna UD-6 Loreto Olivas
McKenna (7-0, 4 KO) is a 19-year-old Irish welterweight, an intriguing prospect who stands 6’1” at 147 pounds, so obviously he got a broadcast comparison to Tommy Hearns, reportedly made by Micky Ward. McKenna put Olivas (3-1, 1 KO) down in the opening round, but Olivas was tough and went the distance, giving the kid some rounds.
Joet Gonzalez TKO-5 Rodrigo Guerrero
The 31-year-old Guerrero is a former super flyweight titleholder, briefly holding a 115-pound belt in 2011-12, but he’s no featherweight, and the 25-year-old Gonzalez made that abundantly clear tonight. Guerrero (26-8-2, 16 KO) had never been stopped before, but he was physically overmatched here. Gonzalez (22-0, 13 KO) came out firing immediately, busting Guerrero’s nose and dropping him in the first round. The fight really could have been stopped there, but the referee let it go on, and Gonzalez kept beating up on Guerrero, who was game and fought back as best he could, but just had no chance. Guerrero went down again in the fourth, and under fire once more in the fifth, the referee finally stepped in.
.@JoetGonzalez1 Gets The KO! #WatchOnDAZN pic.twitter.com/9B71wod89u— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) March 31, 2019
Antonio Orozco UD-10 Jose Rodriguez
Scores were 97-93, 97-93, and 99-91. A much more competitive fight than you may have expected, certainly more than the 9-1 scorecard would idicate, and not the bounce-back showcase that Orozco (28-1, 17 KO) might have been looking for after his loss last September to Jose Ramirez. This was Orozco’s first fight with trainer Freddie Roach, and the results were a mixed bag. Rodriguez (25-13-1, 13 KO) is better than his record — he went to a draw with Bakhtiyar Eyubov last time out, just six weeks ago. But even still, he landed a lot more than you’d want to see if you’re on the Orozco bandwagon and hoping to see him get back into contention. On the plus side, it was an entertaining fight.