Canelo-Golovkin Pay-Per-View Undercard Results

By Caryn A. Tate on September 16, 2017
Canelo-Golovkin Pay-Per-View Undercard Results
Diego De La Hoya clearly thought he won as he raised his arms up in the air and smiled.

Diego De La Hoya and Randy “El Matador” Caballero and were fighting for the NABF and vacant NABO super bantamweight titles…

LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Lightweights Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (20-0, 11 KOs) and Francisco “Paquito” Rojo (19-3, 12 KOs) squared off in the first fight of the Canelo vs. Golovkin pay-per-view undercard on Saturday. Martin came out smartly boxing tall, using his jab and moving his feet well. Rojo seemed to be looking for a single big shot and had a hard time finding Martin early. He showed good defense when Rojo would come in with his generally wide shots, and wasn’t afraid to use his superior footwork to get ahead of Rojo and keep him from setting his feet. Still, he often seemed unsure of himself—which could perhaps be nerves on a big stage like this card—and he seemed content to do just enough to outbox his opponent.

In the third round, Rojo began to have a bit more success. He appeared to be using the same approach, so I suspect his success came mostly because perhaps Martin was tiring. But as the fourth progressed, the fighters’ body language said a lot: Martin looked more unsure, and Rojo appeared more confident. Since rounds aren’t scored based on body language, that matters only as far as gauging the boxers’ mental states; but Rojo began to land more shots on Martin, still apparently simply because Martin seemed reluctant to move his feet the way he had in the first couple of rounds. Rojo also began to throw and land more to the body, a smart move on his part to try to keep Martin immobile.

When Martin did come on more, he would move his feet between flurries but then stop and set while he threw. It worked against him, as Rojo seemed mostly unafraid to throw with Martin, and he caught the Tennessee fighter with some good shots in the middle rounds. Martin had a hard time maintaining distance, which was definitely to his advantage and not Rojo’s. At times, Rojo caught Martin on the ropes and pressured him effectively, landing occasional clean shots.

As the rounds progressed, Martin had his moments of success but, at least on my scorecard, it wasn’t enough to win him rounds. In the 7th, referee Russell Mora warned Martin for a low blow that was on the belt line of Rojo’s very high trunks. But in the 8th, Martin did land a legitimately low shot that the referee granted Rojo a time out for. It happened a second time in that round, with Martin receiving a stern warning. The low blows may have been a sign of frustration from Martin, who—as an undefeated fighter—is unused to losing many rounds.

In the 9th, Martin landed another low blow and referee Mora took a point. The fighters continued trading shots, with Rojo generally getting the better of it and just seeming to land more cleanly. When Martin did land a successful combination, there wasn’t much on his right hand, but his left hook was great. Rojo seemed undaunted, though, by anything Martin did, and, judging from his confident body language, seemed to know that he might be winning the bout.

When it was all said and done, I had scored it 7 rounds to 3 for Rojo. The scorecards read 98-91 for Rojo, 96-93 for Martin, and 95-94 for Martin. The crowd booed loudly after the result was read.

Afterwards, Martin said, ““I didn’t feel 100% tonight, even though I got the split decision. I know I fought a good fight despite the adversity in the ring. I know the judge that scored in favor of Rojo recognized good boxing in him. I’m glad I have this new belt and it’s on to the next.”

Next up were super bantamweights Randy “El Matador” Caballero (24-1, 14 KOs) vs. Diego De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs), who were fighting for the NABF & vacant NABO super bantamweight titles. From the opening bell, Caballero had good success simply using his jab. But De La Hoya began to come on, and figured out that if he was first, he could avoid Caballero’s jab. About midway through the round, he landed a jab on Caballero while the latter slipped—it looked worse than it was. But it may have impacted the fighters’ confidence. De La Hoya continued to be first more often, though Caballero did have a good moment of success toward the end of the round. It was a close round.

The second round was another close one that saw Caballero hurt by an accidental head butt. De La Hoya stayed with his method of success from the first round by continuing to be first. His hand speed was better than Caballero’s, so his punches got in and out faster, while Caballero’s right hand in particular was slow in pulling back to his guard after throwing. Caballero had a mouse appear under his left eye in round 3, caused by De La Hoya’s beautiful counters.

After round 4, De La Hoya had a cut appear on top of his head. It wasn’t in a particularly bad spot, though, and it didn’t slow him down. He continued to show great timing and reflexes. In round 5, De La Hoya appeared to hurt Caballero to the head, perhaps his eye—in the moment it looked like it was from a punch, but replay showed that it was actually a headbutt. Caballero turned away momentarily, dazed, while Diego pursued and threw more shots. Caballero seemed about to go down, but he recovered enough and held until he cleared his head.

The 6th I scored for Caballero—it was a less action-oriented round, but Caballero seemed to edge it with a bit more activity. In the 7th, De La Hoya landed a low blow on Caballero that referee Robert Byrd didn’t see. The blow caused Caballero to turn away a bit, sideways, though he recovered and resumed fighting—in fact, he looked more confident as the round presumed. In the 8th, De La Hoya gained the crowd’s approval with some shoe shining, but there was nothing on them. But he followed it up with a few good shots upstairs as he pressured Caballero to the ropes, and may have stolen a round I had Caballero winning up until that point.

Most of the rounds were close, but when the final bell rang, De La Hoya clearly thought he won as he raised his arms up in the air and smiled. Caballero didn’t seem to disagree, as he didn’t celebrate.

The judges scored it 100-90 and 98-92 twice. The cards were a bit wider than what transpired in the ring, but with rounds as close as some of these were, this result is often inevitable. Plus, De La Hoya possesses a flashier style that catches more attention, and that often sways judges perhaps more than it should.

Afterwards, Caballero stated, “The winners tonight are the fans. When we did this fight, we knew it was going to be a great opportunity to put on a good show. Diego is a good kid, and a great fighter and I wish him the best.”

De La Hoya had this to say: “I trained for this fight, knowing it was going to be a really great battle. All my sacrifice, I fueled into this fight.”

The final undercard bout was between featherweights Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs) vs. Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (25-1-2, 16 KOs), a 12-round title eliminator for the right to fight for the WBC featherweight world title. The world title is currently held by Gary Russell, Jr.

Diaz, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, fought out of a southpaw stance and established his jab early. Rivera had moments of success, and in fact caught Diaz with a left hook at one point that had the crowd gasping. But Diaz kept his cool, got some distance, and kept at it, and he landed more clean shots and dictated the pace and distance.

In round 2, Diaz seemed like he’d figured something out in Rivera and began committing more to his shots. It seemed early for that, but it worked. He was landing more and Rivera seemed thrown off. Diaz began dropping his lead hand, inviting Rivera to throw upstairs. But, like all fighters who drop their hands to good effect, this seemed to make Rivera more hesitant to throw than ever.

As the rounds progressed, Diaz displayed great timing and ring IQ. Rivera would occasionally catch Diaz with a clean shot, keeping him honest, but overall Diaz was much more active and was the ring general. He used his right hook to very good effect and utilized effective pressure when letting his hands go.

In round 7, Rivera tried pushing Diaz back more, but it looked like Diaz was the stronger man physically and it seemed like a difficult task. Similar to before, he landed the occasional good shot, but he just wasn’t able to outwork “JoJo.” Rivera’s best successes were had when he could get Diaz onto the ropes—in round 8 he did so and landed a good shot upstairs, but Diaz came right back with a right uppercut that caught his opponent cleanly too. It was just one step forward, two steps back for Rivera.

But Rivera is the type of fighter you can’t take your eyes off of or get complacent against, so Diaz was forced to fight twelve hard rounds. Rivera and Diaz both should be applauded for a great fight, particularly since Rivera was a last-minute replacement with only two days’ notice. In the end, the judges scored it 119-109 twice, and 120-108 once.

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  1. Old Yank 10:54am, 09/17/2017

    Official scorecards:

  2. Old Yank 10:51am, 09/17/2017

    bikermike—The income audit for 5 years is a GREAT idea. I’m in a highly regulated industry. For 7 years back (an all years forward), all of my personal and business accounts are subject to audit from both internal and regulatory sources. Other people’s money is a stake. In boxing, “other people’s” entire livelihoods are at stake. Fighters live or die based on idiots like Byrd. It has to end! Auditing is a great tool to bring about that end.

  3. bikermike 09:35pm, 09/16/2017

    thank you for allowing me a platform to offer my humble ...and personal opinions on this PPV match.

    All in all…..the main event was stirring….and fought very very blow and blow….each fighter trying to win….no quit in either of them!!\

    Best seventy bucks I’ve spent since I converted my ‘76 GL 1000 to electronic ignition and air suspension.
    For my money…our money…...we got a lot better show than last 2x$100 fksintheass…by mayweather

  4. bikermike 09:03pm, 09/16/2017

    I believe , under any observation of Boxing scoring…that GGG won the match…over Canelo.
    THat being said…it was an honest battle between two fighters….no fouls…good referee…
    One of the best fights in thirty years !!!

  5. bikermike 08:56pm, 09/16/2017

    corner should protect their fighter….and when they are too stupid ...or brave (as they are not taking the punishment)...
    Then it is up to the referee to save the fighter…..and he could not be faulted ..had he stopped the match much earlier…Diaz…Rivera

  6. bikermike 08:48pm, 09/16/2017

    you know….when a Bantam Weight Championship match is won by someone who is 11 pounds over weight…..?????
    Bull shit !!
    If a fighter can no longer compete…right off the scales….to fight at the weight he claims to defend/challenge for/against…..then move up….or take your chances!
    Remember…same will apply to weight you should be fighting in…..bantam..feather..light…welter… heavy…and heavy must do the same

  7. bikermike 08:40pm, 09/16/2017

    Rojo kicked the fucking piss and snot out of Martin…..over the term of the beating…and only security prevented Rojo from committing sodomy or cannibalism.

    Martin should buy a lottery ticket….and change his name!! 


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