Austin Trout vs Hernandez, Jorge Lara vs Rojas, Ahmed Elbiali vs Pena
BY KID HERSH
PBC on FS1 on Tuesday night from Hollywood, California. First up is Jorge Lara (27-0-1, 19ko's) vs Jesus Rojas (22-1-1, 15ko's). In the first round Lara established himself as the heavier puncher and was pressing Rojas back by the end of it while landing a few power shots flush. The second round was a continuation for Lara on his success, as he tagged his man with combinations and more power shots - notably the straight left hand. He continued again into the third round and then Lara suffered a cut above his right eye - which is sometimes unfortunately just a matter of time before happening when you have a southpaw against a conventional and both men like to go forward. There were more head clashes afterwards in the third round as well. The fourth and fifth rounds were closely fought but Lara received more damage via cuts from head butts and the blood was flowing down his face in the fifth round and especially in the sixth, where the doctor took a look at it to start the round but let him continue. Rojas targeted it with the jab and by the end of the round it was evident that Lara could not see from the right eye, as he backed up and looked to be reacting with his shots while trying to keep a tight defense to minimize the damage. In addition to not seeing from the right eye Lara also has a cut above his left eye that has formed from butts and furthered open by punches. The fight was stopped at the end of the sixth round and so the fight went to the cards - resulting in a technical draw when the cards came in, all three judges giving each fighter three rounds a piece. Probably the most perfect ending for this fight that it could possibly have, in my opinion.
Next up was Ahmed Elbiali (11-0, 10ko's) vs Fabiano Pena (11-2-1, 8ko's). This fight lasted all of a right hand, once Elbiali unloaded his first one. Elbiali assured the fans in the post fight I view that we have not seen anywhere near the best of him yet because of the quick stoppages. He says that he can move and box very well and once he is extended some rounds he will show the fans that he is a well rounded fighter, not just a brawler with a punch.
Main event time featuring Austin Trout (29-2, 16ko's) vs Joey Hernandez (24-3-1, 14ko's). Immediately I thought that Trout looks very sharp and in shape - looking like he was when he was in his prime form a few years back. He needs to stay active to stay sharp (common sense of course but some fighters such as him really need it bad). Trout stable shed. Control of the fight and ring generalship right away, only increasing it further by the round. Hernandez is far too slow of hand and foot to surprise Trout with anything and he is just plain less skilled as well so he cannot set up anything to land. In the third round Hernandez was very noticeably frustrated at the fact that he couldn't get his punches off, let alone land anything on the mark, and he went ahead and grabbed Trout around the waist and heaved him up over his shoulder and basically slammed him on the canvas across his body when he heaved him above his shoulder. Looked like a wrestling move! Hernandez was docked a point and the action settled back down into it's previous rhythm of Trout outboxing Hernandez as he couldn't get past the jab still to do anything at all to the former champion. In the fifth round Trout had Hernandez back peddling for the final minute of action after landing a few solid body shots that had noticeable effects on Hernandez. Trout wisely carried the body punching success into the sixth round and picked his punches very well to methodically break down Hernandez throughout the round. He was hammering the body near the end of the round, with Hernandez doubled over in pain, and finally he was put down with only ten seconds left in the round from the body pummeling. HE was counted out. Good win for Trout here - he looked like a prime form Trout, which I haven't seen for a while. He turns 30 soon, just got his 30th win here, and appears to be back and will no doubt be a world class fighter in the coming years if he stays dedicated and sharp like he was here tonight.