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Robinson Castellanos upsets Ronny Rios, scores fifth-round TKO


Do not judge a book by its cover.

Robinson Castellanos, who had been stopped in his previous bout almost eight months ago, carried 10 career losses into his fight against undefeated Ronny Rios on Friday.

He seemed like a sufficient test for Rios, but one where the Mexican-American contender would be able to get through to get the victory.

That was until the second round.

Castellanos dropped Rios in Round 2 of their “Golden Boy Live!” main event televised on Fox Sports 1, and finished him off three rounds later for an upset victory at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

Within the past few years, Rios shed the prospect label, landing into contender status with victories over Rico Ramos and, most recently, Andrew Cancio on April 14.

He told this week he wanted to fight Castellanos, who was stopped in his last bout on Feb. 15 at the hands of Rene Alvarado. Prior to the loss, Castellanos had won 11 bouts in a row, including victories over Celestino Caballero and Alberto Garza.

As predicted by Rios, Castellanos took the initiative from the opening bell, pressing the attack and trying to force Rios to fight defensively. About midway through the first round, a cut appeared along Castellanos’ left eye. Referee Ray Corona ruled the cut was from an accidental clash of heads, although replays showed it was likely from an overhand right from Rios.

Midway through the second round, a combination to the head noticeably hurt Rios. Moments later, a garage of punches dropped Rios to the canvas. After getting up, Rios tried to fight back, but would have done himself favors had he held on to Castellanos. Rios was able to make it out of the round.

While Rios tried to fight back instinctively or tried to score from the outside during the next couple of rounds. Castellanos repeatedly landed to the head with awkward right hands and the occasional hook.

At the end of the fourth round, a barrage of punches from Castellanos almost dropped Rios to the canvas. Rios was hurt as he walked back to the corner, to the point a ringside physician had to check on Rios after the round ended.

Rios went out for the fifth, but Castellanos greeted him with a vicious wave of punches that hurt him again. Referee Ray Corona saw enough and waved the fight over at 11 seconds.

After the fight, Frank Espinoza, Rios’ manager, announced on the Espinoza Boxing Twitter account that Rios was taken to a nearby hospital for observation.

Castellanos, from Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, improves to . Rios, from Santa Ana, Calif. falls to 23-1, 10 KOs.


Orozco decisions Forbes

Junior welterweight prospect Antonio Orozco won a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Steve Forbes.

Orozco won a 10-round unanimous decision over Martin Honorio in his last bout on May 15. A former world title-holder, Forbes entered the ring on Friday night having lost five bouts in a row.

Orozco was able to use his youth and strength to his advantage though out the fight. Forbes was able to hang with Orozco during the first two rounds of the fight. From the third round on, Forbes seemed tentative to exchange with the much-stronger Orozco. Forbes seemed to be fighting more defensively during the middle rounds.

As the bout progressed, Orozco committed himself to attacking the body with more regularity. He was able to get himself within punching range to land to the head as well, but would get countered by Forbes to the head on occasion.

While there were times when Orozco may have presses the action to try and get the knockout win, he was content to box his way to a decision.

All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Forbes.

Orozco, from San Diego, Calif., improves to 21-0, 15 KOs. Forbes, from Los Angeles, Calif., drops to 35-14, 11 KOs.


De La Hoya dominates Ruiz

Featherweight prospect Diego De La Hoya won a one-sided unanimous decision over Luis Ruiz Lizarraga.

After an even first round, it was all De La Hoya for the rest of the fight. With his cousin Oscar De La Hoya watching from ringside, De La Hoya landed the more telling blows throughout the first, particularly with the right hand to the head. Ruiz attempted to hold his ground, but was unable to withstand the more pinpoint accuracy of De La Hoya.

There were points during the last two rounds of the fight where De La Hoya landed an abundant amount of punishing rights and lefts to the head. Referee Jerry Cantu kept a close eye on Ruiz, but Ruiz was able to fight back, although outgunned and made it to the final bell.

All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of De La Hoya.

De La Hoya, who trains in the area with Joel Diaz, improves to 7-0, 5 KOs. Ruiz, from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, falls to 5-3-1, 2 KOs.



Francisco A. Salazar has written for since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Salazar also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper,, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing