Similarly to other prospects on the Canelo-Yildirim card Pacheco is taking a step up in competition which is must needed after hes comfortably beat all his opponents so far.
Diego Pacheco has excellent uppercuts and works to the body consistently which is rare too see from a prospect. I’ve noticed hes got more patient the more fight’s hes had and really seems to be improving. He doesn’t just rush his work anymore trying to get the knockout he instead breaks his opponents down. This is his first eight round fight though it shouldn’t be an issue as I haven’t seen any stamina issues. His defence is getting better because he doesn’t rush as much and should be plenty good enough for this level of competition.
Rodolfo Gomez Jr has a decent looking record of 14-4-1 with ten knockouts. I don’t think hes fundamentally very good and tries to land massive punches without setting them up behind a jab or even disguising them. His defence isn’t great however hes still better than all of Pacheco’s previous opponents. He’s only had one fight in two years and only three in the last three years so he may be very rusty. Looking at his boxrec he weighed in at 180 pounds for his last fight after being a Super Middleweight before so i’m not sure how seriously he takes the sport anymore.
I think Diego Pacheco will find this fight a bit harder than others hes had but his uppercuts and body work should see him through to a decision or late stoppage victory. I think hes very crisp with his uppercuts and places them excellently unlike Gomez Jr who throws wide punches which leave him open to counters.