Juan Antonio “El Mozo” Rodriguez (30-7, 25 KOs) of Puebla, Mexico scored an upset, ninth-round technical knockout victory over Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (32-3-2, 17 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. in the scheduled 10-round main event of the inaugural edition of Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at Avalon Hollywood. Rodriguez stopped Gesta at 2:55 of the aforementioned round.
“I want to thank God. I want to thank my sponsors back home,” Juan Rodriguez. “I felt it was a matter hitting him to the body until he collapsed, and he did. It was a matter of time until he quit, and he quit. He stopped throwing punches.”
“It was a good fight,” said Mercito Gesta.”The guy was tough. He fought hard. No excuses from me. What’s next? I want whatever is best for me. I’m a fighter, and I love challenges.”
In the co-main event, Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (10-0-1, 6 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada defeated Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (11-1, 6 KOs) of North Hollywood, Calif. via eight-round unanimous decision in a bloody battle between two Golden Boy prospects for the Jr. NABF Welterweight Title. Cobbs won with scores of 73-79, 75-77, and 75-77.
“Tonight I showed I’m an elite fighter pulling off an incredible win in my opponents’ hometown,” said Blair Cobbs. “I give him a lot of credit for hanging in there. He was very tough, but I showed I was the superior fighter. I’m ready to fight all the top welterweight contenders that stand in my way toward my run to a world title.”
Manuel “Tino” Avila (23-1-1, 8 KOs) of Fairfield, Calif. and Jose Gonzalez (23-7-1, 13 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico brawled to an eight-round split draw in the featherweight division. Scores consisted of 77-75 for Avila, 75-77 for Gonzalez and a 76-76 draw.
“The fight was close,” said Manuel Avila. “I slowed down in the later rounds. If the people thought it was a bad decision, we can do it again.”
“It was a good fight. I think I won,” said Jose Gonzalez. “We want an immediate rematch. I have to knock him out him out in the rematch if I want to get the decision.”
James “The Beast” Wilson (7-0-1, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. and Miguel Cubos (13-21-1, 10 KOs) of San Luis Potsi, Mexico fought to a majority draw in a six-round heavyweight slugfest. One judge scored it 58-56 for Wilson, while two others scored it a 57-57 draw.
“I’m happy to make my Golden Boy debut,” said James Wilson. “It’s not the result I expected, but I’ll come back stronger and better than ever.”
David Mijares (7-0, 3KOs) of Pasadena, Calif. conquered Antonio Sanchez(6-6-2, 3KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico via unanimous decision in a four-round super lightweight bout. Mijares won with scores of 40-38, 39-37 and 39-37.
“It feels great. I’m so blessed to have this opportunity,” said David Mijares. “I’m glad to have been on this fight card, and I’m happy to be back. I hope I come back on the next Andrew Cancio card.”
Lightweight prospect Oscar “Motorcito” Acevedo (4-0) of Garden City, Kansas defeated Daniel Bastien (6-5-2, 3 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico via four-round unanimous decision. Acevedo won with scores of 40-38, 39-37 and 39-37.
“This was my first fight at 135 pounds,” said Oscar Acevedo. “I felt stronger, even though we didn’t get the knockout. I learned with this fight. I got the experience and the rounds in.”
Chris Ousley (10-0, 9 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois scored a first-round knockout victory against Jorge Munguia (13-14, 5 KOs) of Houston, Texas in a scheduled four-round super middleweight fight.
“I feel great that I got the victory for Golden Boy,” said Chris Ousley. “I want to thank them for this opportunity. Also, thanks to Los Angeles. This place is my new home!”