Cristian Mijares gets by Tomas Rojas via decision
Tomas Rojas thought he did enough to grind out a decision victory over Cristian Mijares on Saturday night.
He was not able to convince those who counted the most however: The three judges sitting at ringside.
Mijares won a close 10-round unanimous decision at the Oasis Hotel Complex in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
With the win, Mijares improves to 56-8-2 (with 26 knockouts). Rojas, who had won his previous nine bouts, falls to 48-15-1, with 32 KOs.
Both fighters, who tipped the scale at 130 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in, were familiar with one another, since they squared off in March of 2004, a fight Mijares won convincingly by unanimous decision, when both were junior bantamweights.
Both fighters are noted counter-punchers, which explained the slow start early in the fight. The action opened up as the bout progressed, with Rojas initiating the exchanges.
By the bout’s midway point, Mijares developed a bruise below his left eye but was successful in countering Rojas, particularly with left hands to the head.
Rojas was deducted a point in round 10 by referee Florentino Lopez for hitting on the break, although the deduction was after both fighters collided heads and Rojas turned his back to Mijares.
Scores were 96-93, 96-94 and 95-94 for Mijares, who is ranked No. 4 by the WBC.
Junior welterweight Roberto Ortiz dropped Guadalupe Rosales (33-12, 18 KOs) in round six, en route to an eight-round unanimous decision. Scores were 77-74, 78-73, and 77-73 for Ortiz, who improves to 35-1-1, 26 KOs.
Bantamweight Aaron Alameda (19-0, 10 KOs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Edgar Jimenez (22-13-2, 16 KOs). Scores were 79-73 twice and 77-75 for Alameda.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.
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