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Ocasio Blows Away Rodriguez!

Credit Ray Bailey for photos in our Dec. 8th, 2012 gallery

Undefeated Philly lightweight sensation Angel Ocasio (7-0-2, 2 KOs) made a statement that he is a rising prospects to be watched by dropping Esteban Rodriguez (6-4-1, 1 KO) three times en-route to an impressive second round stoppage.

Ocasio, who was coming off of two back-to-back draws this year against the same opponent (Jason Sosa), was eager to have impressive victory that was not in doubt!

Rodriquez was anticipated to be a challenge, having lost a close majority decision to the very same Jason Sosa plus he also went the distance with current Pennsylvania State lightweight champion Naim Nelson. Also Rodriquez had never been stopped as a so a real challenge was anticipated.

Rodriquez was known as a pressure fighter but Ocasio took it away in the opening moments by mixing in some good body shots to slow his opponent. Rodriquez returned fire with two right crosses that found their mark but Ocasio walked right through them. By mid round you could see the power of Ocasio start to take over as he dug in a few body shots while mixing in a shot upstairs. Rodriguez returned fire but Ocasio continued to find the openings and finally sent his opponent to the canvas with a well placed left hook under the ribs in the closing seconds. It didn't look he would get up but the durable Rodriguez is a warrior so he rose to his feet as the bell sounded.

In round two, Rodriquez tried to keep Ocasio off with short right hands however Ocasio was taking control with heavier shots. Late in the round Ocasio began to use a jab which set up a beautiful short right on the button. Rodriquez crumbled to the canvas for the second time. Ocasio would not let him off the hook and finished the job moments later with two destructive body shots. Rodriquez fell to his hands and knees. The referee had seen enough and called a halt to the contest at .38 seconds of round two.

"I never had a training camp like I did this time," said Ocasio who spoke on his keys to victory. "I felt very comfortable and we worked on the body shots. That is what it came down to and I worked (for the victory) so I am satisfied."

"There was talk of my fighting for the Pennsylvania State Title on December 8th but it fell through," said Ocasio. "Tonight I made a statement! Whatever title is out there, I am ready to fight for it. Just bring on the belt!"


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