A number of targets are in place this yr for Alexis Rocha.
Amongst them is to win his first main title. The hope alongside the best way is to face and beat a former champion or not less than a previous title challenger. For now, Rocha settles for Ghana’s George Ashie, a late alternative for Anthony ‘Juice’ Younger whom the streaking contender faces in a DAZN-streamed essential occasion this Saturday from YouTube Theater in Inglewood, California.
“It’s actually a matter of who they’ll get in entrance of me,” Rocha informed BoxingScene.com. “The previous few fights we’ve tried to get former world champions to struggle us. Issues simply fall by, whether or not it’s the enterprise facet of it or no matter.
“So… it wasn’t even about selecting anybody. It’s simply combating the fellows who say sure.”
Rocha (21-1, 13KOs) is not any stranger to fights falling by. Saturday’s showdown was initially tabbed to return versus Atlantic Metropolis’s Younger (24-2, 8KOs), who was faraway from the combo simply previous to struggle week. Nonetheless, the present goes on for the streaking southpaw from Santa Ana, California, who has received 5 straight since a twelve-round choice to Rashidi Ellis of their October 2020 pairing of unbeaten welterweights. Amongst his present run was a ninth-round knockout of unbeaten Blair Cobbs final March 19 at USC Galen Middle in Los Angeles.
The win supplied Rocha with the arrogance of a method competing with the division’s elite. It was a dream fulfilled by his older brother, Ronny Rios, albeit in a shedding effort to unified junior featherweight titlist Murodjon Akhmadaliev final June. Rocha has posted two extra wins since then, and enters Saturday’s bout with Ashie (33-5-1, 25KOs) because the number-three contender within the WBO welterweight rankings.
There’s a probability that Rocha may land a title shot versus reigning WBO champ Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford (39-0, 30KOs) earlier than he will get a title challenger or former titleholder within the ring. Vergil Ortiz (19-0, 19KOs) and Keith Thurman (30-1, 22KOs) are the one two boxers rated greater within the WBO’s prime fifteen, and each produce other commitments. Rocha will gladly settle for that route, supplied he wins on Saturday and Crawford remains to be in want of an opponent by the point each are ready to return to the ring.
Ought to a stiff problem come his approach previous to the purpose, Rocha’s monitor document suggests he’ll run, not stroll, within the course of that chance.
“I’m right here to show myself towards the perfect,” insisted Rocha. “All we will do is struggle the fellows who conform to face us. Let’s see the way it goes [Saturday night] after which we’ll go from there. God prepared, issues go our approach, we’ll proceed to hunt out the perfect fighters within the division prepared to get within the ring with us.”
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox