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Robinson Castellanos Stops Ronny Rios in 5

A quick look at Robinson Castellanos’ record of 19-10 with 12 KOs might have given the impression that he’d be an easy opponent for the previously undefeated Ronny Rios (23-1, 10 KOs) tonight at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California.

However, after being dominated in every round, Rios was finally stopped in the fifth round of a scheduled 10-round main event that was presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Fox Sports.

Rios did not look like his normal self and appears to have been injured early in the fight when he was knocked down in round two. The cut in weight, which makes concussions more susceptible, may have been a factor.

Castellanos was cut in round one due to an accidental head-butt, but was unfazed in his domination of Rios.

Castellanos credited a hard training camp for his win and dismissed opinions about his record.

“It’s not about the record. I know my strength. I know my motivation. I congratulate him, I respect him, I admire him [Rios] for giving me this opportunity. Not too many out there will give me that opportunity,” said Castellanos, after he called out WBC Featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez.

In the co-main event, Antonio Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs) won a unanimous decision victory over former IBF champion Steve Forbes (35-14, 11 KOs) in an eight-round Welterweight fight.

Orozco, who hails from Garden City, Kansas, is yet another fighter from that area with a strong amateur background and a bright future (others from that area include Brandon Rios and Victor Ortiz).

Orozco’s youth was the biggest factor in the fight, as he was quicker and busier in his offense, landing several hooks to Forbes’ body and head.

Forbes had his moment at certain points during the fight, but spent most of his time fending off the assault of the younger and quicker Orozco.

In the first televised fight, Diego De La Hoya (7-0, 5 KOs) looked impressive in an eight-round unanimous decision win over Luis Ruiz Lizarraga Jr. (5-3-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round Super Bantamweight fight.

De La Hoya used a lot of head movement before landing powerful left hook and right hand combinations in nearly every round.

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