The opportunity to appear on Showtime’s flagship boxing series was never meant as an audition for Freudis Rojas.
It was always just another night at the office and with the expectation of the next one to come as soon as possible.
There was some surprise when the 25-year-old southpaw went from the Showtime Championship Boxing (SCB) televised opener to the same role on the network’s prospect-based ShoBox series. For Rojas, it means a third fight in 2023 and with room to fight at least once more before the end of the year.
“I’m like a rooster. I just love to fight,” Rojas told BoxingScene.com. “My dad, my coaches, they know this and they just throw me in there. This is what I was born and bred to do. I really don’t know how to do anything else. I can cook a little bit, I can do the dishes. But boxing is what I really know how to do. This is what I specialize in.”
Rojas (11-0, 11KOs) will get to show off his skills—especially his gifted knockout power—in a welterweight bout versus Los Angeles’ Saul Bustos (15-1-1, 8KOs). Their scheduled eight-rounder is the first leg of a ShoBox tripleheader which airs this Friday on Showtime from Boeing Center at Tech Port in San Antonio, Texas.
The bout comes two months after Rojas earned his best win and highest profile opportunity to date. His fight versus Diego Santiago was bumped up to the main portion of a July 15 SCB card from The Cosmopolitan in his original hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. Rojas made a splash in a seventh-round knockout to extend his perfect knockout-to-win mark.
The second-generation fighter—whose father Freudis Sr. boxed in the early 2000s—went past the fourth round for the first time that night. He closed the show in style, as has been the case in every fight since his January 2021 pro debut. The best news he received that night was not the rave reviews on his performance, but what promoter Sampson Lewkowicz shared with him the moment he entered the ring to join the newest fighter in his stable.
“It’s not easy for me to get fights,” admitted Rojas, a 6’2” southpaw. “So after that big win I had on Showtime [in July], Sampson came running into the ring, gave me a hug and whispered, ‘September 15th, be ready.” I was like, ‘Oh yes, nice!’ I know a lot of fighters, they get on Showtime (Championship Boxing) series and want to stay at that level
“I just want to stay active and I really don’t care where I fight, what network or what series.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox