Featherweight prospect Victor Morales, Jr. dropped Ramiro Robles twice en route to third round knockout win Saturday night at the Big Punch Arena in Tijuana, Mexico.
Morales, who resides in Vancouver, Washington, improves to 15-0, 8 knockouts.
The 23-year-old last fought on February 13, defeating former world junior bantamweight titleholder Rodrigo Guerrero by unanimous decision. The victory over Guerrero took place over a year after defeating gatekeeper Diuhl Olguin by unanimous decision. Both fights took place under the Golden Boy Promotions banner.
Morales, who is managed by Sheer Management, was the aggressor from the opening bell, connecting with punches to the head and body of the southpaw Robles. Morales was able to drop Robles with a punch to the body in the opening round, but Robles was able to beat the count and fight on.
Robles was game, but the punches Morales landed were beginning to take their toll. Morales began connecting more to the body, forcing Robles to be on the defensive. Morales finally ended matters in round 3 as a right to the stomach of Robles dropped him to a knee. Robles beat the count, but the fight was waved off to save him from taking further punishment.
Robles, who resides in Queretaro, Mexico, drops to 16-10-2, 10 KOs. The 28-year-old has now lost four of his last five bouts.
Also on the Jibaros Boxing card, middleweight Raul Lizarraga (4-0, 4 KOs) of Murrieta, California stopped Benito Aburto in the opening round.
The 19-year-old was the aggressor, forcing the shorter Aburto to fight on the inside. Aburto (2-4, 1 KO), who resides in Puebla, Mexico, was game, but was caught flush during an exchange against the ropes. Lizarraga went on the attack, connecting punches to the head until the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Junior middleweight Jimmie Strickland, who is originally from Saginaw, Michigan and now resides in Houston, Texas, improved to 6-0, 4 KOs by stopping Jesus Gomez (0-6) in the opening round.
Flyweight Christian Robles overcame a knockdown in round 3 to to stop Eduardo Ramirez Noyola (1-5) of Jalisco, Mexico in round 4 to improve to 5-0, 2 KOs. Robles had recently fought on a handful of ‘Hollywood Fight Night’ cards that were promoted by Tom Loeffler.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for BoxingScene since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.