On Saturday, May 7, 2016, undefeated Washington, DC native, Lamont Roach, Jr. (11-0, 3 KOs) took on Mexico’s Jose Arturo Esquivel (9-5, 2 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout on the Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan undercard.
Roach Jr. was able to land clean body shots early in the first round to lessen Esquivel’s momentum quickly.
While it looked like Esquivel was trying not to be flatfooted, he seemed to be struggling. Roach Jr. continued to push forward, landing strong left hooks to the head and body.
Halfway through the fight–Roach Jr. began wearing Esquivel down, forcing him backwards.
Esquivel was trying to play it safe, keeping his hands up as much as possible, but Roach Jr. effectively broke through, landing powerful straight jabs.
Though Roach Jr. had taken control of the fight, Esquivel still seemed to be confident going into Round 6. Late in the sixth round, after several warnings, the referee took a point away from Roach Jr. for low blows.
In the eighth and final round of action, Roach Jr. continued pushing forward, landing impressive combinations, while Esquivel continued throwing, but landed very few shots.
All judges scored the bout 79-72 in favor of Lamont Roach Jr.–improving his undefeated record to 11-0, 3 KOs.
After the bout, Roach Jr. reflected on his performance.
“I think I had a good fight tonight,” said Roach Jr.
“I came out strong on the big stage. It seemed like Jose Arturo came to survive, but he wasn’t really engaging too much.”
“There was no doubt in my mind that I was going to win this one,” said Roach Jr.
“If I can’t knock him out, might as well pitch a shut out.”
All photos by Mikey Williams