Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez ended his 2020 as a prospect to observe in 2021 and well past.
The rising junior flyweight delivered the biggest commentary of his younger career in knocking out sturdy-chinned Saul ‘child’ Juarez in the 2nd circular of their ESPN+ preliminary bout.
A left uppercut by using Rodriguez put Juarez down and out at 2:05 of round two Saturday evening on ESPN+ from The Bubble at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Rodriguez has remained in competition with older brother Joshua Franco all the way through their respective young careers. Franco become the primary to carry domestic a massive title, following a 12-circular win over Andrew Moloney to win a secondary junior bantamweight belt this past June in this very venue. Rodriguez will definitely get to that stage sooner or later, however for now continues to thrive within the developmental section.
Juarez was anticipated to move rounds with San Antonio’s Rodriguez, who turns 21 in January but fights well beyond his youthful age. A patient attack saw Rodriguez stream Juarez across the ring, scoring with a lot of vigor photographs in the opening round whereas Juarez offered little in return aside from resistance.
Even that wouldn’t be ample one round later.
Rodriguez persisted to stroll down Juarez earlier than emphatically closing the display. Juarez become trapped alongside the ropes, his shelter left open simply extensive sufficient for Rodriguez to crack the Mexico metropolis native with a left uppercut which led to him to pitch forward.
Juarez (25-13-2) remained on the canvas as referee Celestino Ruiz counted him out for simply the 2nd profession stoppage loss in 40 seasoned fights. The lone different occasion came by the use of cuts, with Juarez going the gap in title combat losses to Wanheng Menayothin and Kenshiro Teraji.
Rodriguez advances to 13-0 (9KOs) with the win, his third of 2020 and second internal the Vegas bubble. The blue-chip talent scored a 1st circular knockout right here this previous September.
The bout served in aiding potential to unbeaten former featherweight titlist Shakur Stevenson (14-0, 8KOs) vs. providence’s Toka Kahn Clary (28-2, 19KOs) in a battle of junior light-weight southpaws.
Jake Donovan is a senior creator for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox