Promising prospect Lindolfo Delgado proved that his promise is still high.
The 2016 Olympian Delgado used the aggression Juan Garcia Mendez brought to the bout against him in the all-Mexican clash, connecting with beautiful and damaging counter shots all night from the come-forward fighter to score a unanimous decision victory in an eight-round welterweight bout.
Delgado (14-12, KOs) was awarded scores of 80-71 from all three judges against Mendez (21-5-2, 13 KOs).
Delgado almost put an exclamation mark on his performance by scoring a knockdown in the final minute of the fight after delivering a combination of punches but ran out of time to score yet another KO finish.
Whenever the 26-year-old Delgado found his openings, he pressed the action and connected with the harder punches. Through two rounds, Delgado was more efficient landing 31 of 84 punches. But Mendez was right there in his face, land 26 of 132 punches. As the fight went on, Mendez tired and the superior Delgado showed off his skills.
Delgado successfully used a power jab to stave off Mendez in the third. But through three rounds, Mendez had landed 28 power punches compared to 21 by Delgado.
By the fourth, Delgado landed a big right that caught Mendez’s attention, but he failed to follow it up. Delgado’s lack of combinations kept Mendez in the fight, albeit with a busted nose as he bled profusely.
Delgado continued pounding Mendez in the fifth, connecting with accurate and crisp counters every time Mendez inched closer. The punishment continued into the sixth as Mendez slowed after a damaging uppercut by Delgado.
By the eight, the accumulation of punches got to Mendez, as he took a knee after a right hand landed while he was against the ropes.
The 29-year-old journeyman Mendez’s four losses had come to unbeaten fighters who were 52-0-2 at the time he fought them. On Friday, he suffered another blemish to a fighter with an unblemished record.