Esquiva Falcao, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist from Brazil, pushed his record to an impressive 28-0 following a 20th knockout victory.
Falcao (28-0, 20 KOs) TKO’d Artur Akavov in four rounds. He picked up his career’s most significant win with a one-sided drubbing of two-time middleweight world title challenger Akavov.
After a rough opening round, Falcao was in command until Akavov’s corner stopped the fight following the fourth round.
All three judges had Falcao ahead 39-37 at the time of the stoppage.
Called for it going in, now 28-0 (20 KO), he called for it going out. 🇧🇷😤 @esquivafalcao blasts Artur Akavov out in four rounds to keep the climb to gold going.#BercheltValdez | LIVE on ESPN & ESPN+ pic.twitter.com/qxlhfsep0H
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) February 21, 2021
Jr. Welterweight: Elvis Rodriguez (11-0-1, 10 KOs) UD 8 Luis Alberto Veron (18-3-2, 9 KOs). Scores: 79-73 2x and 78-74. Rodriguez made his name as an explosive puncher but showed his maturity and boxing acumen against Veron, a former WBO Latino belt-holder who has never been stopped as a pro.
Rodriguez stunned Veron several times with right hooks. But the Argentine veteran was able to withstand the onslaught.
Rodriguez said, “This was my first scheduled eight-round fight, and I actually think I got a lot of good experience.
Each fight, you acquire something different, and I think the experience of going the rounds actually helped me out for this fight.
“It’s a great experience going the full eight rounds. It’s back to the gym to work on several things. Specifically, I know I needed to let my hands go a little more. When I did do that, I was able to hurt him.
“But in the end, I think it was a great experience. He’s a natural welterweight. He’s never been stopped, so I knew it would be a tough challenge. But you know I will go back to the gym and work harder to continue to grow in this sport.”
Middleweight: Javier Martinez (3-0, 1 KO) TKO 1 Billy Wagner (3-2, 1 KO), 1:51. Martinez, a southpaw from Milwaukee, unloaded on Wagner, stunning the Montana native early in the first round with a right hook.
The one-way traffic was stopped shortly thereafter, and Martinez added a ‘1’ to the knockout column.
Jr. Welterweight: Omar Rosario (3-0, 1 KO) KO 2 Uriel Villanueva (1-1), 2:38.
Former Puerto Rican amateur superstar Rosario notched the first stoppage win of his career, as two knockdowns in the second round prompted referee Robert Hoyle to stop the fight.