MEXICO CITY, Mexico — While Friday Night Fight’s super featherweight fight met with a contentious ending, Saturday’s WBC silver title match came to a definitive ending courtesy of Edgar Puerta, whose body punching wore down Abraham Rodriguez in route to an eighth round TKO.
The bout was a bruising inside battle the majority of the way with Puerta withstanding Rodriguez’s short hooks and using his taller frame to get more leverage on his counter-punches. Puerta’s body shots were instrumental in lowering Rodriguez’s hands enough to open up the ending sequence, which featured Puerta driving Rodriguez to the ropes with repeated left hookd to the body and head. A series of unanswered hooks forced the referee stoppage.
The 30-year-old Puerta improves to 21-4-1 (19 KOs) while the 27-year-old Rodriguez falls to 24-14-4 (13 KOs), having lost 4 of his last 5.