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Monday, January 5, 2015

Brooks Will Battle Elio Rojas

Mike "Lefty" Brooks is scheduled to take on former world champion Elio Rojas on January 29 at the BB King Blues Club in New York, New York. Rojas is in the midst of a comeback after losing a title challenge in 2012.

Brooks (10-2-1, 2 KOs) is the underdog in this fight. The southpaw stepped up the competition in his last two bouts and lost them both. He was outclassed by undefeated prospect Karl Dargan in November of 2013 and stopped by hard punching Jason Sosa last April.

Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) has fought only once in nearly two years. After winning a featherweight strap in 2009 when he went to Japan and defeated Takahiro Ao, the belt was taken from him outside the ring. He attempted to get it back, but lost to Jhonny Gonzalez in 2012 by unanimous decision. In the Gonzalez fight, Rojas reacted badly to headbutts and other perceived fouls. His mindset hurt him that fight.

Rojas has faced the much tougher competition and has a lot more experience than Brooks. But Brooks has some advantages. He's five years younger than the 32 year old native of the Dominican Republic. Lefty has fought nearly his entire career at lightweight; Rojas had been a career featherweight until he began his comeback last August. Mike's southpaw stance could also be an advantage.

This bout, which is being promoted by Lou DiBella, is set for eight rounds.

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