There is no shortage of Mexican fighters making their presence felt in the world of boxing. In today’s current landscape of Mexican boxers, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Jaime Munguia are just a few of the names that come to mind. In the welterweight division, Alexis Rocha is looking to enter that particular group.
Coming out of Irvine, California, Rocha first popped up on the national scene in October 2020. Unfortunately, his first impression on the national scene was a decision loss against the previously unbeaten Rashidi Ellis. Despite the loss, Rocha has bounced back with an upset win against Blair Cobbs. This weekend, he got another chance to make an impression.
Lightweight contender Ryan Garcia was originally scheduled to fight on January 28 in Texas and Rocha was planned to appear in the co-feature. Instead, Garcia turned down the opportunity to fight in January and Rocha was upgraded to the main event. Adding on, the fight was moved from Texas to the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles.
In front of his home area fans, Rocha put on a show. Battling late replacement George Ashie, he fought through a bad cut above his eyebrow to knock out the Ghanaian fighter in the seventh round. Afterward, he called out WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford, who recently met with Rocha’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya.
ALEXIS ROCHA JUST DID THAT ?#RochaAshie pic.twitter.com/X80HzhD9uA
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) January 29, 2023