Very surprised that Joyi got knocked out. Anyone know much about the opponent?
Thankyou.I vaguely remembered hearing about Rodriguez before the fight was made, probably due to him having KO'd GKB earlier this year, but I hadn't seen any of his fights. Even from glancing at his BoxRec you can tell he's more than likely a better fighter than his pretty unflattering numbers suggest. The only fight of his I've seen since is the only one I could find, which is his draw against Pedro Guevara(the dude who dropped a split decision against Casimero not long ago).
Despite him being better than I anticipated I can't say I'm any less shocked by the upset he pulled on Saturday though. I mean, he's decent but appears fairly basic. Consistent pressure fighter, very much left-hand orientated, dodgy hair, and relatively solid defensively(seems like he can take a shot too). I'm guessing Joyi was winning comfortably before getting nailed by a left hook or something, I'd really be surprised if he wasn't winning the fight anyways. Then again I might be selling the dude short, he's only in his early 20's and his recent string of results suggest that he's ever-improving. In a stylistic sense he just seems too straight-forward and basic to really take rounds off Mabere consistently though, Joyi's a big straw and I would've thought he even could have played into Rodriguez's hands by fighting toe-to-toe and still won. Obviously not.
I'm damn disappointed with Joyi really, I rated the dude as much as I was frustrated by him.