Undefeated featherweight prospect Nathan Rodriguez (9-0, 8 KOs) scored an explosive first-round knockout victory over Moises Flores (25-7-1, 17 KOs) in the main event of a MarvNation Promotions card Saturday evening at Smith Park in Pico Rivera, California. The fight was streamed live on FITE TV Pay-Per-View.
Rodriguez, who had spent his first eight fights fighting in Costa Rica and Mexico, recently turned 18, which allowed him to finally compete in front of a hometown audience. The rising prospect exceeded expectations and finished Flores at 2:11 of the opening round.
“I want to thank MarvNation Promotions and everyone who came out tonight,” said Nathan Rodriguez. “None of this would be possible without you, so I want to thank all of you for coming out. I hope you enjoyed the fights, and I appreciate the continued support.”
In the co-main event, Alejandro “Pin Pon” Reyes (9-0, 5 KOs) of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico passed the toughest test of his career with a unanimous decision win over Raymundo Rios Cardiel (4-9-2, 3 KOs) of Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Reyes, a super lightweight prospect who trains out of the Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles with trainers Jose and Nacho Saucedo, worked from a calm jab before landing hard right hands and counter left hooks to his opponent. After dominating each round, Reyes won with scores of 59-55, 60-54 and 60-54.
Keith Carson (1-6-1) of Pomona, Calif. scored an upset split decision win over previously undefeated Chinese prospect Hongke Zeng (1-1, 1 KO). Carson used his experience to overwhelm Zeng across four rounds of welterweight action. One judge had it 38-37 for Zeng, while two others had 38-37 for Carson.
Jacob Macalolooy (3-0, 2 KOs) of San Diego, California defeated Salvadoran prospect Josue Zamora (1-1, 1 KO) via unanimous decision in a four-round welterweight clash. Macalolooy won with scores of 40-35, 39-36 and 39-36.
Scott Alexander (17-5-2, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles, California scored a stoppage win over Jaime Solorio (12-5-2, 9 KOs) of Ensenada, Baja California in a heavyweight bout initially slated for eight rounds. After taking many hard shots, the referee ended the fight at the end of the third round.