Santa Ana’s Alexis Rocha was scheduled for his first six-round fight Friday night in the latest Golden Boy Promotions’ LA Fight Club card at Belasco Theater.
Rocha, the younger brother of WBC silver featherweight champion Ronny Rios, didn’t need that long to take care of business.
In the opening fight of the televised card, Rocha took out veteran Israel Villela in the first
Santa Ana’s Alexis Rocha improves to 4-0; Photo by Lina Baker/See You Ringside Photography
round to improve to 4-0.
“I thought he was going to rush me in the first round so I made sure to stay focused and aggressive,” Rocha said. “Once I had him down I knew I had to apply smart pressure to win this fight.”
Rocha, 19, sent Villela to the canvas with a left hook. Once Villela got up, Rocha went on the offensive, forcing referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the fight at 1:18 of the opening round.
“He was relaxed, wasn’t moving his head, so I wanted to pop my jab and he was there for it every time,” Rocha said,. “What’s more important and what’s going to help me a lot is and benefit me is keeping me active. Golden Boy (Promotions) has done that 100 percent. They’ve kept their word about keeping me active.”
Rocha said he would like to be back in the ring as soon as possible.
East L.A.’s Ivan Delgado finally ended a fight before the final bell, in the co-main event against Alejandro Ochoa.
Delgado (10-0-1) landed three successive left hands that sent Ochoa sprawling the canvas and as soon as he fell, referee Dr. Lou Moret didn’t bother with the count, stopping the fight at 1:42 of the seventh round of a scheduled eight.
Nine of Delgado’s first 10 fights had went the distance
In other action, Oscar Duarte, who is trained by Joel Diaz, took care of Omar Garcia within the first minute of their fight, for a first-round knockout victory. The time of the stoppage came at 58 seconds of the opening round.
Santa Monica’s David Mijares improved to 3-0 with a second-round stoppage of Jorrell Sparenberg.
The next LA Fight Club show is set for Sept. 2.