Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez shines, stops Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in Round 8

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Junior bantamweight champion Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez defends his WBC title against former champ Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on Saturday in the main event of a DAZN show at the Tech Port Arena in San Antonio (8 p.m. ET). The card includes two other title fights.

Rodriguez (15-0, 10 KOs), of San Antonio, won the belt with an impressive unanimous decision victory over veteran Carlos Cuadras in February.

Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43 KOs), of Thailand, defeated Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (twice) and Juan Francisco Estrada in back-to-back-to-back fights in 2017-2018. He lost the title a year later in a rematch against Estrada but has won three consecutive fights since, including the past two by stoppage to set up this opportunity against Rodriguez.

In the co-main event, Murodjon Akhmadaliev defends his IBF and WBA “super” junior featherweight titles against Ronny Rios.

Akhmadaliev (10-0, 7 KOS), of Uzbekistan, won the titles with a unanimous decision victory against Daniel Roman in 2020 and has made two successful defenses.

For Rios (33-3, 16 KOs), of Compton, California, this is his second time challenging for a junior featherweight belt. In 2017, he lost a decision to Rey Vargas.

Also on the card, Jessica McCaskill defends her welterweight undisputed championship against Alma Ibarra.

McCaskill (11-2, 4 KOs), of Chicago, Illinois, defeated the legendary Cecilia Braekhus to win all four belts in 2020. She has defended the titles twice, including in a rematch against Braekhus.

Stay here for live results and analysis.

Still to come:

  • Title fight: Jesse Rodriguez Franco vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 12 rounds, for Rodriguez’s WBC junior bantamweight title

  • Title fight: Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs. Ronny Rios, 12 rounds, for Akhmadaliev’s IBF junior featherweight title and WBA “super” junior featherweight title

  • Title fight: Jessica McCaskill vs. Alma Ibarra, 10 rounds, for McCaskill’s WBC, IBF, WBA and WBO women’s welterweight titles

  • Raymond Ford vs. Richard Medina, 10 rounds, featherweights

  • Nikita Ababiy vs. Noe Larios Jr., 8 rounds, junior middleweights

  • Jesus Martinez vs. Keven Monroy, 4 rounds, bantamweights

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