Former super middleweight world title challenger Rogelio Medina (37-7, 31 KOs) totally obliterated an over-matched Ramon Olivas (13-5, 9 KOs) in stopping him in round two last Friday night at the Gimnasio Solidaridad in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Medina, 28, smashed Olivas with some big right hands in the 2nd round to get the knockout victory.
Medina is ranked IBF #6, WBC #9 at super middleweight. He’s within striking distance of a title shot if he can get a significant win under his belt over a top contender. Olivas served the purpose as a confidence booster type of opponent, but he’s not someone who is going to get Medina pushed back up in the rankings in a hurry. Medina needs to take rosks like he did in the past when he fought high caliber opposition like Jose Uzcategui, Badou Jack, Marcos Reyes, Jonathan Gonzalez and J’Leon Love.
For Medina, this was his first fight since losing to IBF World super middleweight champion James DeGale last April at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Despite losing the fight, Medina gave a good account of himself in putting a great deal of pressure on the champion DeGale. Medina had DeGale trapped against the ropes through most of the fight, and was able to land many hard power shots to the head. Where Medina went wrong was putting so much emphasis in throwing shots to the head instead of focusing on landing to the body.
DeGale used a lot of head movement to dodge many of Medina’s power shots, and this enabled him to survive the full 12 rounds. Had Medina thrown more to the body, he might have had a chance of wearing DeGale down with those hard shots. Medina’s punching power is quite impressive. He might not have the kind of boxing talent that some of the other 168lb fighters possess in the division, but his power is first round.
DeGale would have had problems with Medina on the night if there had been some adjustments made by him and his trainer. Things always look easy in hindsight through. Medina perhaps thought he could win the fight by throwing 90 percent head shots and 10 percent to the body. It obviously didn’t work for him.
Medina is a diamond in the rough. He’s got great physical tools, but he just needs to have his style more refined for him to get to the next level to become a champion. With the right trainer, Medina would be capable of winning a world title. It’s unclear whether he’s ever going to get the training that he needs though.