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Castellanos Tops Juarez in Texas Thriller

By Marc Livitz


Robinson Castellanos scored three knockdowns in the twelfth round en route to sound and clear unanimous decision win over Rocky Juarez this evening at the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, TX. The WBC silver featherweight title bout gave tonight’s winner a shot at the bonafide championship sanctioned by the same organization and its current titleholder, Jhonny Gonzalez.


The two fought the opening three minutes without much incident with the exception of Castellanos landing a few straight rights, a left hook and two punch combinations up high. A short left hook from Rocky made Robinson smile early on in the second. He tried to push the action a bit more but his Mexican opponent showed superb ring knowledge and used lots of lateral movement to keep his Houston, Texas foe guessing and chasing. Robinson came out much the aggressor in round three. He doubled his jab and looked to land his overhand right. Castellanos pushed Juarez around for much of the period and connected with more combinations and maintained the ability to keep him away, almost at will.

 

Each man threw at the other to begin the fourth, however it was Castellanos who at least appeared to be landing the harder and more meaningful shots. The power connects to the body looked to have taken a toll as well. A clash of heads to begin round five resulted in cuts for Juarez (on the upper right scalp) and Castellanos (below right eye). This seemed to energize Robinson as he forced Rocky into a corner, who himself missed wide with a left hook which saw his momentum take him to the canvas in what appeared to be a clear slip. Referee Guadalupe Garcia disagreed and called it a knockdown.

 

Juarez took a different approach as the sixth was underway. He seemed to know that outright fighting with Robinson could result in a shorter evening for him. He tried to box a bit more, but the act didn’t last long. He wanted to land the big difference maker just as much as his adversary from Guanajuato state in Mexico. A halt to the action was called in order for the respective cuts on each fighter to once again be examined by the ringside doctor, who determined that the bout could continue. The punches flew to close the round.

 

A huge right backed up Rocky in the opening moments of round seven. As was previously the case, the story remained much the same. Rocky Juarez followed Robinson Castellanos around the ring and was getting tagged hard in the process. An overhand right from Juarez to the chin didn’t slow the hard nosed Mexican fighter at all. To compund his troubles, Juarez walked back to his corner with a bloody right eye thanks to a left hook courtesy of the man from Celaya.

 

A short right uppercut with a minute to spare in the eighth wobbled Rocky a bit. Each man was showing a tremendous amount of heart and guts. Through eight rounds, the difference in overall activity levels was staggering, with Robinson throwing twice as many shots as Rocky. Round nine saw each competitor throw hard shots, yet it appeared as though Robinson’s were the more telling of the two. They slowed just a bit in the tenth but they were still catching each other almost at the ends of their punches.

 

The championship rounds began much as the first had; there was a tactical boxing match inside the ring once again. Each brave contestant landed their usual one-two shots to the head and took the bout to the last of the twelve. Finally, a true knockdown came in the twelfth after successive uppercuts caught Rocky on the chin and sent him to the mat. He beat the count and found himself on the receiving end of a hard charging Robinson Castellanos just seconds after he made it back to his feet. The 2000 Olympian was knocked down again and as before, he beat the count. With just over a minute to go, Juarez was sent to his knees again, once more by way of an uppercut. He fought on and he made it to the final bell.

 

The judges would hold the ultimate decision but it clearly seemed as though Castellanos had sealed a win. Three knockdowns in the final round certainly were to his advantage The scorecards read as follows: 118-106 (x2) and 118-107 - all for Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos, who improved to (22-13, 10 KO’s) and moved into postion to fight for the WBC featherweight crown sometime later this year. Rocky Juarez may have fought his final fight tonight. Still, he holds a boxing resume which boasts such names as Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez and Chris John. His efforts are beyond commendable and he’ll be missed should he understandably walk away now. His record fell to (30-11-1, 21 KO’s).

 

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