Undefeated Brandon Rios stalked Omri Lowther like a wild tiger during their junior welterweight battle last Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium.
Standing right in front of Lowther and daring him to take his best shots, Lowther did, but to no avail.
Rios was much stronger and tougher than Lowther, and proved it from the outset until Referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the fight with 43 seconds left in the fifth round.
Short of hitting Rios with a folding chair, there simply wasn’t anything Lowther (14-3-0 and 10 knockouts) could do.
So what happened was Rios pounded away at will, landing blows to the head and body, and when Lowther made contact, acted as though hit by a fly.
For Rios (26-0-1 with 19 KO’s), it was an evening in which he showed the large crowd there will be more of the same down the road.
Rios, who grew up in Kansas, but now lives in Oxnard, connected on 36 percent of his total punches, compared to 25 percent for Lowther. Rios landed 38 percent of his power punches, while Lowther made good on 39 percent.
Coming in there was significant talk about Cuban defector Guillermo Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, who looked sharp over the first five rounds of his Interim WBA world super bantamweight title fight with Panama’s Ricardo Cordoba.
Rigondeaux exhibited immense skills, and continued along in this manner, but slowed down during the latter rounds. Still, the much-faster and less-experienced Rigondeaux earned a split decision victory.
It was easy to see what all the fuss was about, as Rigondeaux floored Cordoba in the fourth round with a wicked left to the body. Then something happened in the sixth round, as Cordoba knocked Rigondeaux down with a short right hand.
Actually, Rigondeaux (7-0-0 and 5 KO’s), who connected on 28 percent of his total punches, while Cordoba (37-3-2 and 23 KO’s) landed 15 percent, wasn’t off his feet. Rather, his right glove touched the canvas, which technically is a knockdown.
According to Rigondeaux, he’s never been knocked down, not during sparring sessions, nor a fight. This was a first.
There was a chorus of boos directed at Rigondeaux late, who wanted to see more sustained action from the talented left-hander. Maybe that will come in time.
Mike Jones owns a perfect ring record and hails from Philadelphia, the city that delivered Joe Frazier and Bernard Hopkins, two of the greatest fighters of all time.
Though not in that category, Jones was good enough to walk away with a majority decision over Mexican Jesus Soto-Karass in their NABA, WBO NABO and vacant WBC Continental Americas welterweight title fight.
After taking the first round, Jones (23-0-0 and 18 KO’s) followed with the best round of the match, nailing Soto-Karass with a flurry of punches in the second round that lasted nearly two minutes.
Even so, Jones couldn’t put Soto-Karass on the canvas, and appeared to get winded as the bout wore on.