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UBO Flashback: When Manuel Rey Rojas Became UBO Champion                     

 
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January 22, 2021 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

 
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Born and raised in Texas by Mexican parents, Manuel Rey Rojas turned pro at the age of eighteen in April of 2011, beating fellow debutant Alexander Lopez by unanimous decision over four rounds.

 
 

At twenty-one he was 9-0 (2) and a prospect on the rise, so it was something of a surprise when he lost on points to Alexis Del Bosque (8-2) in September of 2014.

Rojas was determined to make up for the lost momentum, so he agreed to face 18-0 Casey Ramos two months later, but again he was beaten over the distance.

Five months on he returned to winning ways when he stopped journeyman Roy Garcia in three rounds, and followed up with another stoppage victory over Robert Rodriguez in his next fight.

At 11-2 (4) he got his first shot at a professional championship, the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ (UBO) Latino Lightweight title, headlining a show at the Convention Center in Waco, Texas on August 8, 2015.


 
 

His opponent was Chris Singleton (15-2), by far his toughest foe at that point besides Casey Ramos, but how Singleton, from Louisiana, qualified to contest the Latino title is an open question.

Rojas rose to the occasion, boxed very well, and showed that he had much more to offer than what was the case in especially the loss to Del Bosque. After one of his best performances he was awarded a clear unanimous decision.

Unfortunately the victory and title didn't fast-track Rojas as much as he probably had hoped, and in the following five years he only boxed ten times, winning eight and only losing TV fights to top-class opponents Andy Vences (13-0) and Felix Verdejo (25-1).

In his first fight back after dropping a decision to Verdejo, Rojas won the IBO USBO title with a split decision over the very capable Noel Echevaria (15-6), and he has since recorded another stay-busy victory in Mexico.

At only twenty-eight, and with a fine record of 20-4 (6), he will likely get several more opportunities and big fights.

 

 
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