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Robinson Castellanos Mauls Rocky Juarez


Robinson Castellanos (21-10, 13 KOs) may not have the prettiest record in the featherweight division, but after Monday’s thrashing of former Olympic Silver Medalist Rocky Juarez (30-11-1, 21 KOs) it is clear that he is a legitimate force within the division. Castellanos used his superior speed, strength and size to absolutely bully Juarez and end Juarez’s late-career resurgence via a dominant and wide unanimous decision. Castellanos managed to down Juarez three times in the fight and nearly ended it in the 12th. While he did not get the knockout, it is clear that he poses a real threat to WBC featherweight titlist Johnny Gonzalez, who Castellanos is now the mandatory challenger for.

The main event of Golden Boy Live, emanating from Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas, was set to be a raucous affair, driven by the large crowd in attendance. However, Castellanos quickly took the sails out of the fans who had made the trek to support Juarez from nearby Houston, Texas. Castellanos controlled range and even when Juarez managed to get inside, it was obvious that Castellanos was too strong for Juarez to sustain any real inside offense. To make matters worse, Castellanos possesses a highly awkward, but effective style, in which his punches appear to suggest no real rhyme or reason, but it works for the rising Mexican fighter, who is now 12-1 in his last 13 fights.

As the fight progressed, Juarez attempted to make a go of it by exerting himself into Castellanos’ wheelhouse. However, that momentum faded when the referee inadvertently ruled a Juarez slip a knockdown. From there, there was brief glimmers of hope for Juarez, but he was being worn down and it set the scene for a chaotic 12th round in which Castellanos felled Juarez several times en route to an easy decision win. For Castellanos, the future is bright. Juarez, on the other hand, in his mid-30’s must consider retirement; a prospect which is hard to swallow for a once-lauded prospect who never earned a world title despite coming tantalizingly close on several occasions.

On the undercard, St. Louis-area prospect Keandre Gibson (12-0-1, 5 KOs) notched an easy unanimous decision victory over Nelson Lara (15-7-4) in their 8-round super lightweight fight. Additionally, local San Antonio favorite Javier Rodriguez (12-0-1, 2 KOs) scored a rare fight-round knockout of his journeyman opponent, Quincy Wesby (2-8).

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