D’Mitrius Ballard (10-0, 7 KOs) of Washington, DC faced Hayward, California’s Juan Carlos Rojas (8-13-1, 7 KOs) in a scheduled six-round light heavyweight fight. Ballard had Rojas on the ropes early in the first round but Rojas dealt Ballard a jab below the belt that has Ballard on his knees. Ballard’s tendency to keep Rojas in the corners early in the match-up rendered Rojas unable to fight back. Rojas attempted to hold Ballard off in the final rounds but Ballard finished out the bout strong by continuing to deliver decisive combos that ultimately won the match for him in a unanimous decision.
“I am happy about the win but I feel like my performance wasn’t at 100%,” said D’Mitrius Ballard. “He was an awkward fighter and the low blow really threw me off. I don’t think I really recovered after it. I still feel like I did a good job though. I am still trying to get more experience and really perfect my craft.”
Opening up the night, undefeated Kevin Rivers (12-1, 9 KOs) of Palmer Park, Maryland was upset by Alejandro Ochoa (7-10-2, 1KO) of Bell Gardens, California in a six-round super featherweight fight. Ochoa came out on the offense early with knockdowns in both the first and second rounds delivering consistent face blows to Rivers, while keeping him on the run. Rivers attempted to rally back in the fifth and sixth rounds with a rapid fire of effective blows, deftly answered back by Ochoa. Ochoa takes home the win in a majority decision.
“This victory just shows that all the hard work, discipline and experience has paid off, said Ochoa. This is my second win in a row against an undefeated prospect, and I am ready to keep the ball rolling. I believe my record is deceiving but I am starting to prove that I am someone to be feared. I have another fight in November and I am ready to keep the momentum.”
Matthysse vs. Postol was a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion and is sponsored by Corona and Mexico – Live it To Believe It! Doors opened at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 3 and the first bell rang at 2:30pm. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast began at 10:15pm (live ET/tape-delayed PT).