Centeno Jr knocks out De La Rosa
- Updated: December 7, 2014
In the co-featured bout on HBO Boxing After Dark, Hugo Centeno Jr. (22-0, 12 KOs) remained unbeaten with a brutal knockout over James De La Rosa (23-3, 13 KOs).
Centeno Jr. put De La Rosa down on the canvas in the first round and stayed aggressive throughout the fight, switching to southpaw to confuse De La Rosa.
“My timing was perfect. I’ve been practicing, we’ve been practicing turning into the southpaw stance and on my left hand,” said Centeno Jr. “It worked perfectly. It landed beautifully. I had used it once before and I hadn’t hurt anybody with it but tonight I did. The one punch knockout is a great feeling.
In the fifth round, Centeno Jr. landed a perfectly placed left hook that sent De La Rosa crashing to the canvas, ending the fight.
“The fight just didn’t go my way. I got caught by a great punch, but I’ll be back,” said De La Rosa.