Top Prospect Tito Mercado Scores
First Round Knockout In Ontario, Ca.
Boxing’s Top International Prospect, Tito Mercado, (12-0, 11
KOs), of Pomona, CA scored a devastating first-round
knockout of Carlos Manuel Portillo, (23-5, 17 KOs), of
Asuncion, Paraguay, on Saturday night in front of a huge
crowd at the Lumcolor ‘Phoenix Center’ in Ontario, CA.
Using a battering jab, Mercado dropped Portillo with a
tremendous left hook early in the opening stanza. Sending
Portillo to the canvas again with a huge right hand to the
head, Mercado was declared the winner by referee Thomas
Taylor at 1:36 of the first round. The junior welterweight
clash was scheduled for ten rounds.
“We practiced counter punching in the gym and it worked out
very well,” said the victorious Mercado. “I want to fight
the top guys; Arnold Barboza or Jose Ramirez. I’m more than
willing to fight William Zepeda right now. If he’s
interested I’m ready to fight him.”
Continued the 21-year-old, “It feels great to fight back at
home and have the support of my family and fans. I always
want to give the fans who bought a ticket a great show.”
The event was promoted by Fight City Promotions and
broadcast live on their YouTube channel.
News of Mercado’s next fight will be announced shortly.