Karass Cooks Rooster
By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo
In the main event of the evening from Golden Boy
Promotions at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio,
California Neeco “Rooster” Macias (17-1, 10 KO’s) laid
an egg in his match against Jesus “El Renuente” Soto
Karass (29-13-4 18 KO’s).
The fight was one for the record books as 3,350 punches
were thrown with over a 1,000 landed. Soto Karass
actually outpunched the corvine profiled Rooster by more
than 200 punches.
The fight was an unbelievable display of guts and grit.
The two pugilists literally fought in an area the size
of a phone booth the entire fight raining non-stop
punches on each other. Many of the Rooster’s punches
were arm punches while the wily veteran Karass used his
legs and body to throw much harder shots.
The Rooster was cut from a head butt early in the fight
but the boy smiled and just kept on fighting. Soto-Karass
went on to win a split decision. This was a great swan
song for Karass who had previously stated that this
would be his last fight and a great way to head into
retirement. However, one never knows with a fighter.
They always think they have one more fight left in them.
We will see if this is true of Karass.
One judge had the fight even at 95-95 while the other
two had the fight for Soto Karass 97-93 and 97-93. "I
feel happy. I fought against a great warrior," said
Jesus Soto Karass. "I always say that whether it's a
win, a loss or a draw, the fans always win when they see
one of my fights. I will speak with my team to see if
this will be my last bout."
"I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to be
in the ring with this great warrior," said Neeco Macias.
"I want to thank all of the fans for coming out tonight.
We do this for you!"
Emilio Sanchez (17-1, 11 KO’s) vs. Enrique Bernache
(24-12, 12 KO’s) was a featherweight slugfest of the
highest magnitude. From the outset both fighters let
their hands go grunting on every punch seeking the
Although neither fighter was staggered both of their
faces showed much wear and tear. Sanchez had a huge
shiner under his right eye and a cut on the bridge of
the nose. Bernache was battered into crimson red and
also had a cut on the bridge of his nose.
In the tenth round an accidental head-butt caused a cut
over the left eye of Bernache which required referee
Thomas Taylor to call an end to the contest. Scorecards
gave a technical unanimous decision win to the Pacoima
native, Emilio Sanchez (17-1, 11 KO’s) over Mexico’s
Enrique Bernache (24-12, 12 KO’s). Judges scores were
100-91, 99-92, and 97-94.
"It was tough fight and I could have done better," said
Emilio Sanchez. "When he came at me at the beginning of
the fight, I decided to keep my composure and stick to
the game plan.
Paramount, California’s Manny Robles III (17-0, 8 KO’s)
maintained his NABF Featherweight Title by outpointing
Mexican pugilist Jose Santos Gonzalez (23-8, 13 KO’s) in
a split decision squeaker.
Robles got off to a very slow start, as Gonzalez was the
aggressor. Robles picked it up a bit in the 4th and 5th
rounds but it was the 6th round when Robles caught
Gonzalez with a chopping right hand that almost dropped
him. Robles displayed a unique and distinct style of
using a peek-a-boo defense and waiting patiently until
he could connect with right hands.
Unfortunately Robles did not let his hands go as he has
done in previous fights. Gonzalez pressed the entire
fight giving him the edge on one judge’s scorecard.
Robles did catch many blows on his gloves but it was the
solid if few quality right hands that he landed on the
jaw of Gonzalez that garnered him the win. One judge had
it 96-94 for Gonzalez while the other two had it 96-94
and 97-93 for Robles.
"I could have done better tonight," said Manny Robles
III. "He was very awkward and hard to hit. I don't agree
with the decision. I felt I won by unanimous decision,
but I'm happy we got the win."
Hot prospect Aaron “Silencer” McKenna (6-0, 5 KO’s) of
Monaghan, Ireland destroyed Mexican Abel Reyes (4-2, 4
KO’s) knocking him out at 2:27 of the second round.
McKenna set up Reyes with a stiff jab before landing a
left hook to the body that sent Reyes to the canvas.
Reyes was able to make the ten count. However, seconds
later McKenna landed an even more devastating left hook
to the mid section of Reyes that put him down and out
for good. McKenna is a top young fighter with a bright
future. He picks up his sixth win and fourth knockout.
"I took my time in there because I knew this was a
six-round fight," said Aaron McKenna. "I've been working
on my body shots. I got him clean and dropped him to get
Maryland Super Middleweight, D’Metrius Ballard (19-0, 12
KO’s) battled Mexico’s Alan Campa (17-4, 11 KO’s)
winning a unanimous decision in this competitive eight
rounder. Through the first four rounds both fighters
connected with quick combinations and crisp body shots.
By the fifth round Ballard stepped up his game with
powerful blows from both hands. It was obvious that
Campa was game but by the 5th round he began to gas out
and his power diminished. Ballard dominated rounds 5
through 7 while Campa seemed content to survive. In the
eighth round both fighters came out of their corners
enthusiastically with a series of combinations but
Ballard proved to be the stronger of the two. All judges
provided Ballard with a unanimous decision win with
scores of 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74.
"This was my first fight in 15 months," said D'Mitrius
Ballard. "I was off due to some outside issues, but I'm
back. I was shaking off some ring rust, and after a
layoff like that, I want to come back as soon as
Jordan White (6-1, 5 KO’s) out of Washington DC, made
short work of Tijuana, Mexico’s Cristian Renteria (7-7,
6 KO’s) by stopping him at the end of the first round of
a four round scheduled fight. White had too much speed
and quickness for the outclassed Renteria.
White dropped Renteria with a left hook to the body as
the bell sounded ending round one. Referee Thomas Taylor
counted him out as Renteria peered up at him on all
fours. White earns his fifth knockout and sixth win.
"I felt like a dog. I felt great," said Jordan White. "I
loved every aspect of this event. I like the body shots,
but I can do a little bit of everything. I'm looking
forward to coming back."
In the opening bout of the evening from Fantasy Springs
Casino in Indio, California, Uzbekistan cruiserweight
Sanjar Tursunuv (1-0, 1KO) in his pro debut used this
sparring session to put away an out of shape Miguel
Cubos (11-20, 8KO’s).
Referee Thomas Taylor appropriately stopped this bout at
1:26 of the second round. Cubos was a proverbial
punching bag for Tursunov. Tursunov fought the two
rounds with his hands down sticking Cubos with gut
wrenching blows to the body. Tursunov exits the ring
with his first professional win by knockout.
"I'm very happy with my performance," said Sanjar
Tursunov. "Thank you to Golden Boy Promotions for this