MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States
Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Featherweight
Who won Marrero vs Rojas?
Jesus M Rojas beat Claudio Marrero by knockout in the 7th round on Friday 15th September 2017 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 KG).
This contest was for the vacant featherweight championship of the world.
Marrero vs Rojas stats
Claudio Marrero stepped into the ring with a record of 22 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws.
Jesus M Rojas made his way to the ring with a record of 25 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws.
Claudio Marrero was the younger man by 3 years, at 33 years old.
Marrero had a height advantage of 1 inch over Rojas. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Claudio Marrero fought out of the southpaw stance, while Jesus M Rojas was an orthodox fighter.
Marrero was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 5 less fights, and made his debut in 2010, 4 year and 6 months later than Rojas, whose first professional fight was in 2006. He had fought 15 less professional rounds, 149 to Rojas' 164.
Claudio Marrero went into the fight ranked number 1 by the WBA at featherweight.
Jesus M Rojas was ranked number 2 by the WBA, 8 by the WBO and 14 by the IBF in the 126lb division.
Marrero vs Rojas form
Jesus M Rojas had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Abraham Lopez on 5th May 2017 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Abraham Lopez on 5th May 2017 by technical knockout in the 8th round at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had beat Jesus A Valdez on 17th September 2016 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Before that, he had defeated Kiun Evans on 19th March 2016 by knockout in the 1st round at Coliseo Mario 'Quijote' Morales, Guaynabo.
He had drawn with Jorge Lara on 8th September 2015 by knockout in the 10th round at Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, United States.
Rojas' last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years, 4 months and 23 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 5 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 32 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.4 rounds on average.
What time did Marrero vs Rojas start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States, which was around 4:00 AM BST in the UK.
What were the odds on Marrero vs Rojas?
Claudio Marrero was a 31/50 (-160) favourite going into the contest, while Jesus M Rojas made his way into the ring at 5/4 (+130) with oddsmakers.