Saturday, June 10, 2017
Jose Haro wins United States featherweight boxing title
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(UPDATE WITH ESPN CLIP OF KO) It was a great night for West Jordan, Utah, featherweight boxer Jose Haro (seen above at left in a previous bout). He became a world title contender with a impressive eighth round KO over Daniel Franco, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. The bout was in Sloan, Iowa, for the USBA Featherweight Title, and televised nationally by the CBS Sports Network.
Franco was considered the favorite by the commentators, but those of us in Utah knew better. The shorter Haro dominated about every round with faster hands and ring generalship. Franco tried his best and was game until the end. Besides his usual strong body attack, Haro consistently landed hard counter right hands to Franco's head. He concluded the bout with two knockdowns in the final round, both punctuated with right hands.
With the win, Haro becomes a potential world title challenger. You can read fightnews.com's short recap of the bout here. If we get a longer story and video, we'll post a link. UPDATE: Here is a link from ESPN to the knockout:
Rolls wins in Canada
Several years ago, Canadian middleweight Steve Rolls fought in Ogden. He was undefeated then and still is today. I'm a fan of Rolls and was intrigued that he fought on Showtime on Friday night. In a tough, very competitive bout, Rolls increased his record to 16-0 with a win over Demond Nicholson.