Canelo vs Khan Undercard Jason Quigley vs De La Rosa & Diego De La Hoya vs Santomauro
BY KID HERSH
From the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas came Oscar De La Hoya's GBP PPV that many fans thought was a mismatch but yet turned up in droves for. This is the first sporting event at the new arena, with the very first event being a Guns N Roses concert. The house is expected to be packed! First up on the PPV undercard was Jason Quigley (10-0, 9KO's) vs James De La Rosa (23-3, 13KO's). In the first round Quigley found a home for his right hand, blasting a cross home beautifully less than a minute into the fight. De La Rosa took them well, but this is not surprising considering he is a very solid veteran and Quigley is still a bit wet behind the ears. Despite what I just said though Quigley looked like the established pro in the coming rounds with more flush right hands that he could not miss with. He was giving ground to De La Rosa but walking him into jabs and right hands that De La Rosa was taking but it only looked like a matter of time before something was going to give. A person can only take these types of solid shots from a puncher for so long. In the fourth round Quigley came out pressing De La Rosa backwards and firing away power shots. They were landing, but De La Rosa was not ready to give ground to the younger man and fought back furiously until Quigley determined that it was a better strategy to give ground and break down De La Rosa more. Either scenario was working for him here but you could tell that the fighter brain was in full gear for Quigley as he quickly backed off and continued boxing De La Rosa but still breaking him down with big right hands and even lefts at times. De La Rosa was trying his best to make the younger man who had never been four rounds previously uncomfortable but it was not working. Turning from southpaw to orthodox was not working either as De La Rosa just could not get anything working. He was getting plastered with more power shots in the fifth round and even was clowning Quigley at times - which was not working either due to Quigley showing himself as a real professional and just continuing to box and hit the man in front of him. This was shown in the last thirty seconds of the round when De La Rosa came out of the corner he was driven into with his hands dropped, laughing and pretending he was hurt but he walked into a beauty of a lead left hook that you just knew hurt terribly bad. Quigley was dominating a good opponent here and did even look fatigued until the seventh round, where he held on the inside for the first time in the fight and was breathing a bit heavy. Quigley still had his wits and was still punching but you could tell that he had never been anywhere near this distance in a fight before because when the later rounds came on both men were dead tired. De La Rosa dead tired from punishment and Quigley dead tired from never having gone even half the distance previously. Quigley won the shutout decision and showed a big step up in class here.
Next up was Rocco Santomauro (13-0, 1KO) vs Diego De La Hoya (14-0, 8KO's). In the first round De La Hoya showed his class right away, teeing off on Santomauro with all kinds of punches. He was going around Santomauro's guard as he leaned in too far, seeming eager to fight. In the second round it was more of the same until De La Hoya nailed his man with a right hand that sent him to the canvas at the end of the round as Rocco threw a jab that he slipped beautifully. Rocco got up screaming, having still too much energy than he knows what to do with and was still screaming as he went back to his corner. De La Hoya continued blasting Rocco with every shot in the book. In the fourth round he battered Rocco's body with a brutal attack of left hooks and caught him with shots to the chin when Rocco was trying to protect his body. Rocco is in amazing shape for this fight though and continued fighting and not really showing ill effects from all the punches. In the fifth round De La Hoya was warned for a second low blow but otherwise still dominating the fight and rearranging Rocco's face. In the seventh round the fight was ended on a beauty of an uppercut that De La Hoya seemed to know would end the fight as he walked away with a smile on his face and referee Jay Nady waved the fight off. It could be a candidate for punch of the year because it was very interesting how he showed Rocco it was coming, winding it up then releasing it. Awesome showing by the nephew of a legend that is vying for his own image.