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Jesus M Rojas vs Can Xu report
Who won Rojas vs Xu?
Can Xu beat Jesus M Rojas by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 26th January 2019 at Houston in Texas.
The scorecards were announced as 111-117, 112-116, 110-118 in favor of winner Can Xu.
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 WBA featherweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Jaime Munguia's and Takeshi Inoue's clash for the WBO World Junior Middleweight championship.
Rojas vs Xu stats
Jesus M Rojas stepped into the ring with a record of 26 wins, 2 loses and 2 draws, 19 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Can Xu made his way to the ring with a record of 15 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 2 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Rojas had a massive power advantage over Xu, boosting at 73% knock out percentage over Xu's 13%.
Jesus M Rojas was the older man by 7 years, at 36 years old.
Xu had a height advantage of 2 inches over Rojas. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Both Jesus M Rojas & Can Xu fought out of an orthodox stance.
Rojas was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 13 more fights, and made his debut in 2006, 7 years and 8 months earlier than Xu, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 24 less professional rounds, 164 to Xu's 188.
Can Xu was ranked number 2 by the WBA in the 126lb division.
Rojas vs Xu form
Jesus M Rojas had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz on 11th August 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Featherweight championship fight at The Avalon, California, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Claudio Marrero on 15th September 2017 by knockout in the 7th round in their WBA Interim World Featherweight championship fight at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had beat Abraham Lopez on 5th May 2017 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had won against Abraham Lopez on 5th May 2017 by technical knockout in the 8th round at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
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.
Rojas' last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 8 months and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 40 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8 rounds on average.
Xu's last 3 fights had come over a period of 6 years and 1 month, meaning he had been fighting on average every 2 years and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 26 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.7 rounds on average.
What time did Rojas vs Xu start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Houston, Texas, United States, which was around 3:00 AM GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Rojas vs Xu?
Rojas vs Xu was broadcast on DAZN in the US.
What were the odds on Rojas vs Xu?
Jesus M Rojas was a 17/100 (-590) favourite going into the contest, while Can Xu made his way into the ring at 4/1 (+400) with oddsmakers.
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