In an entertaining prizefight between two quality pros, WBC featherweight champ Jhonny Gonzalez (52-7, 45 KOs) took a decisive 12-round decision over WBC featherweight "champion in recess," Elio Rojas (23-2, 14 KOs) by scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 116-111.
Making the fourth defense of the belt he took from Hozumi Hasegawa in 2011, Gonzalez pressed the attack and scored points early on pure, effective aggression.
Rojas, who was forced to vacate his WBC title in 2010 due to a hand injury, used movement and looked sharp while trying to time and counter Gonzalez. However, the native of the Dominican Republic was dropping early rounds in the process.
In the sixth round, Rojas' plan seemed to be coming together as he began scoring some hard counters on his opponent and the scorecards began to even up.
But Gonzalez kept pushing forward, throwing heavy combinations and making them count when they touched the elusive Rojas. In the 10th, a Gonzalez hook to the liver forced Rojas to tak...