Jayson Velez (20-0-0, 15 KOs) added another win to his professional record on Dec. 1, making quick work out of Salvador Sanchez II, knocking him out during the third round of their encounter at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Velez didn’t waste any time against Sanchez, showing the Mexican little respect. Jayson started softening him up in the first round, and he sent him to the canvas in the second and third rounds, before referee Harvey Dock decided to stop the bout.
“I thought he was going to be more difficult, but I was connecting very easily,” Jayson Velez said shortly after the fight, per The Ring. “He was talking so much trash throughout the promotion of this fight, that I thought he was going to be stronger. This is just the beginning. This is a very exciting moment for me. I’ve been working so hard my whole life.”
Definitely a solid performance from Velez, but he won’t — and shouldn’t — get a lot of credit from it, considering the fact most boxing fans were expecting him to run right through Sanchez. Salvador was on an eleven fight win-streak coming into their fight, but his list of past opponents wasn’t impressive in any way.
I for one wasn’t surprised to see Velez defeat him so easily.
With the win, Jayson Velez set himself up for a future clash against WBC featherweight champion, Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4-0, 35 KOs). It’ll be a much tougher test for Velez, but it’ll give him the opportunity to prove himself against a legitimate champion.
Ponce De Leon is currently on a three-fight winning streak, defeating Omar Estrella, Eduardo Lazcano, and Jhonny Gonzalez in 2012. Daniel has also been inside the ring with legitimate contenders like Adrien Broner and Yuriorkis Gamboa (he lost both fights), so he’ll have a clear edge against Velez in terms of experience.