By the time it will take you to read this Fighter of theWeek piece, Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico would have taken apart surging 130-pound prospect Jorge Castaneda of Laredo, Texas. Hernandez had appeared on U TV a few times beating a few hand-picked opponents and being destroyed by Roger Gutierrez in one round. This was, however, his turn, the tides had turned and he walked in the underdog this time and he was the one who scored the first-round knockout. Coming out super aggressive “Rocky” was not going to be denied in from of his home crowd in Mexico City. Scoring a brutal first-round knockdown in what is certainly his coming out party and then knockout moving his record to 32-1 (29), pick up the biggest win of his career, move into the world title picture and take home our Fighter of the Week award and puts the super featherweight division on notice.
When Castaneda-Hernandez was announced, it was a firefight waiting to happen. Two punchers who like to stand and fight!! It was a cant an all-action can’t miss fight no matter who wins. Hernandez came out like he was shot out of a cannon trying to get on the inside of the long rangy Texan, scoring with a good left hook in the opening seconds. He found success with the left hook and stuck with it, landing two more hooks in the next 30 seconds then a rough hand about 45 seconds into the fight. He already had the typically aggressive Castaneda on the retreat. Another left hook a minute into the round rocked Castaneda and then another put him on the seat of his pants. Castaneda was able to get to his feet and fight on, but not for long. Like a dog on fear, the surging Mexican knockout artist hoped on his wounded opponent and a right hand shocked his opponent again who was out on his feet. Referee Cesar Castanon Varela noticed Castaneda was not responding and rushed in to wave off the bout just 95 seconds into the bout. Giving Hernandez his 32nd win and 29th knockout in his 33 professional bouts.
None but the hardest of hardcore American boxing fans had any clue who Eduardo Hernandez was prior to June 10th. However, that is now changed and he could well be on his way to a title shot. A rematch with Gutierrez would certainly be entertaining. As would fights with other Matchroom fighters such as Kid Galahad or Zelfa Barrett. There are plenty of intriguing options at 130 pounds. In a division that is run by a slick US boxer, Hernandez may have the style that will make the most intriguing and fan-friendly fights in the division. A fight with Jono Carrol would be all action, but Hernandez’s power would likely carry the day. The same would likely happen in a Lamont Roach fight. Given the power and the ability to set that power up and score with that power. Rocky is not far off from fighting at the highest level, the world championship level. One more win against any of those names would likely propel him into that title fight.