In Texas, world championships come in pairs, and every city has theirs. Laredo had Gaby and Orlando Canizalez, the Rio Grande Valley had Brandon and Omar Figueroa, Houston has Jermall and Jermell Charlo and San Antonio now has Joshua Franco and Bam Rodriguez. Dallas is the missing link ger the Big D needs a pair of brothers to capture and hold world titles, and they may very well have that in Gorge and Alex Rincon. Alex, the younger of the two brothers, a southpaw, scored a sensational second-round knockout via a picture-perfect left hand on the undercard of Rocha-Cobbs at the Galen Center on the grounds of USC. He moved his record to a perfect 10-0 (7) scored his first stoppage since 2019 and takes home our Prospect of the Month award for March.
The hard-hitting 26-year old from Carrollton looked sharp as always in taking apart Luis Sanchez of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rincon, A southpaw, worked behind a quick and laser-sharp right jab in the first round and landed his first shots of consequence with about 30 ticks left in the opening stanza. a left hand upstairs caught the attention of Sanchez he followed that up with a thudding body shot that backed Sanchez up. Things got better from there for the North Texan. Rincon scored with an absolutely picture-perfect left hand, that dropped his opponent just over a minute into the second stanza. Sanchez courageously made it to his feet but his legs were very unstable. Rincon, like a dog on fear, attacked. Scoring with another massive left hand that put the Puerto Rican back on the canvas for a second time. This time his legs would not cooperate with him. Trying to get back to his feet Sanchez was flailing around the ring unable to make it to his feet, causing the referee to wave off the bout at the 1:44 mark of the second round. It was the first stoppage victory for Rincon since 2019 when he scored a second-round knockout of Joel Guevara on the undercard of Vergil Ortiz vs Antonio Orozco in Grand Prairie. His last two victories came via unanimous decision including his most recent eight-round points victory over the very durable Sanny Duversonne back in August.
Rincon is the ideal 154-pounder he is 6’2, southpaw, and has exceptional pop, and terrific hand speed. He is going to be a problem for anyone in the weight class. After a tumultuous 2020 that included a fight canceled when an opponent missed weight by over 20 pounds and a hand injury that caused another fight to be canceled, the pandemic followed and kept the Dallasite out of the ring for a total of 16-months. He has now won three consecutive fights and seems to be emerging as a legitimate contender at 154 pounds. A step up against a proven veteran is likely what Rincon needs next names like Italian contender Orlando Fiordigiglio, former EBU titleholder Sam Eggington would be an intriguing matchup as would a fight with comebacking fellow Dallas native Charles Hatley a win like that would get Rincon into serious contender status and with fellow Texan Jermell Charlo holding three-quarters of all the gold in the division with the possibility of adding the fourth belt in March. Charlo would likely vacate all four belts and move up to 160. That would fast track Rincon and other elite-level jr middleweight prospects into world-title fights