Here comes The Rooster, Neeco Macias
Neeco Macias isn’t your average unbeaten up-and-comer featured on TV.
The 25-year-old Californian started boxing late (after high school) and didn’t have enough amateur bouts (only 30) to really be considered a prospect, but the exuberant southpaw more than makes up for any lack in boxing savvy or polish with boundless energy and non-stop punching.
Macias (12-0, 6 knockouts), who faces unbeaten Rolando Garza (9-0, 6 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round junior middleweight bout on a CBS Sports Net-televised show from Downtown Las Vegas on Friday (Sept. 9), always gives 110 percent and also averages AT LEAST 110 punches per round.
“The Rooster” is the definition of a pressure-fighting volume puncher. So if you’ve never seen a guy throw 150-170 punches in a single round you might want to check him out. If you do, you’ll also be treated to one of the most genuine and infectious personalities in boxing. If you don’t instantly like Macias, you’re probably dead inside.
Hall of fame pro wrestling announcer Jim Ross, who was a commentator for the inaugural “Knockout Night at the D” broadcast on April 16 that featured Macias outpointing Limberth Ponce (10-2, 8 KOs) over six rounds, couldn’t get enough of the animated Antelope Valley native.
“The Rooster, ladies and gentlemen! Don’t forget about The Rooster!” Ross hollered before signing off for the night.
“We had a lot of notice for that fight, so I had the best training camp I ever had and it showed on fight night,” said Macias, who was 21 when he had his first amateur bout. “We just kept comin’.
“There’s a lot to improve on, I come in sloppy, I telegraph some shots, but we’ll be more slippery this time around. But that fight was won in the gym. I had more time and more motivation because it was a televised bout. They told us ‘Las Vegas’ and ‘TV’ and that just stoked my fire. I almost teared up thinking about it because my dad was so proud when telling everybody about it. I used it as motivation. I wanted to impress.”
He did that. And Ponce, a capable boxer who many favored in the matchup, barely had enough time and space to breathe, let alone punch back.
“They throw one, we throw two; they throw two, we throw four. That’s our style,” said Macias, who grew up in different towns around the Antelope Valley, Mojave and Palm Desert areas, and currently lives in the small mountain town of Tehachapi, where he and his father/trainer run the MBT (Macias Boxing Team) Gym.
Macias says training camp for Friday’s fight is even better than his last one and he admits that he will have to be at his best to beat Garza.
“He likes to go to the body from what we’ve seen of him,” Macias said. “He’s fought some southpaws. He beat a 5-0 guy in his last fight. It’s gonna be a great fight. I’ve got a few more rounds experience, but we’re both young and we’re both fighters. We’re not from the Mayweather school of boxing. We’re gonna see who works harder.”
If Garza can match Macias’ work rate their bout could outshine the main event between Emmanuel Robles and Steve Claggett.
“We’re looking to really impress in this fight,” Macias said. “Win, lose or draw we’re going to put on a show.”
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