Junior featherweight prospect Manuel Avila fired more than 50 unanswered punches upon Jose Angel Cota along the ropes, forcing referee Edward Collantes to wave an end to the bout at the 2:32 mark of the second round of their Golden Boy Live! main event on Fox Sports 1 Monday night in Redwood City, Calif.
In victory, the 21-year-old Avila out-landed his rival by a combined 70-to-9 to improve to 13-0 with his fifth knockout, dropping Cota to 8-10-1 with 6 KOs. The event was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
In the co-main event, 24-year-old middleweights Louis Rose (8-1-1, 2 KOs) and Paul Mendez (14-2-2, 6 KOs) battled to a spirited 10-round split-draw that sustained Mendez’s unbeaten streak at 8-0-2, with four knockouts since falling by split-decision to James Parison in September of 2011.
Despite causing a cut over the left eye of Mendez, who appeared to be rocked a few times over the last three rounds, Rose was denied his fourth straight win, having last suffered defeat by unanimous decision to Tony Hirsch in December of 2012.
Judge Steve Morrow had it for Rose, 97-93, Mike Tate had Mendez winning, 96-94, and Susan Thomas-Gitlin scored it 95-95.
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