Weathers The Storm
Jesus Soto Karass is a body snatcher. On a stormy Friday night in Southern CA, Karass rained crippling body shots on Carson Jones to earn a hard fought victory. From the opening bell it was evident Jones (18-7-1, 10 KOs) would enjoy a hand speed advantage over Karass. Jones darted in and out landing head shots with both hands. Karass committed to the body seemingly willing to take two shots to the head to dole out one to the body. In the third the strategy paid off. Mid way through the round Jones took a knee as Karass came crashing down on him. When the action resumed Karass went in for the kill but got caught careless on the way in. Jones dominated the ensuing exchange and nearly reclaimed the round when he went down from a brutal left hook to the body. The third was the signature round of a furious welterweight fight.
Karass continued the body assault in the fourth to dominate the action. Following the round Jones made an adjustment. By moving continually to his left he took away Karass’ left hand. In the fifth Jones bloodied Karass’ nose on route to winning the round. Jones captured the sixth with head popping uppercuts and combinations. The seventh was close but Jones dictated the action by pressing ahead while Karass retreated.
did bring his right hand to the fight but tried not to
use it. Like a tennis player who runs around his
backhand, Karass stepped to the right and threw his left
every chance he could. A Karass body shot in the eighth
hurt Jones to turn the tide. Karass attacked in the
tenth pressing for a knockout he nearly achieved. Karass
staggered Jones with a big right hand seconds before the
final bell. The judges favored Karass 98-90, 97-91 &
99-89. The fight writers on press row scored the fight
much closer than the judges.
Undefeated featherweight Miguel Angel Garcia added
another knockout victim to his ledger when Reading, PA
fighter Lucien Gonzalez failed to answer the bell for
the sixth. The Oxnard, CA based Garcia now has 13 KOs in
16 professional fights. Gonzalez (9-5-1) took the
opening round but steadily gave ground as the fight
progressed. In the 2nd Garcia increased his work rate
and won the round. Garcia wobbled Gonzalez early in the
fourth and proceeded to punish him until the bell
sounded. By the 5th Gonzalez had nothing on his punches.
Garcia was free to plant his feet and sit on his
punches. Though Gonzalez had no quit in him the ringside
physician decided he was finished and advised referee
Wayne Hedgepeth to stop the fight.
surprisingly, Omar Chavez’ best punch is the left hook
to the body. The younger son of Julio Cesar Chavez, Omar
Chavez was put to the test by compatriot Rodolfo Armenta
(4-1). Chavez (14-0-1) landed enough hooks and uppercuts
throughout the contest to eke out a 40-36, 39-37, 38-38
majority decision victory. Armenta, from Nogales,
Mexico, is raw but determined; a nearly winning
opening bout of the night, Las Vegas based super
featherweight Diego Magdaleno shut out fellow Nevadan
Rodrigo Aranda over six rounds. A southpaw with plus
hand speed, Magdaleno out-boxed the more experienced
Aranda (8-9-2, 2 KOs). Magdaleno loaded up on the left
yet rarely missed Aranda who was content to stand in
front of him and trade. With the unanimous decision
Magdaleno remained undefeated with 8 victories, 3 by way
of knock out.
Jose Roman pitched a four round shut out to improve to 4
wins with no losses. Working behind a stiff jab and
digging hooks, Roman dominated fellow super
featherweight Rufino Flores (1-2). All three judges
scored the bout 40-36 for Roman. At 6’0” and just 20
years of age, Roman looks promising.
Michael “Lil Warrior” Franco stopped journeyman Antonio Cochero with a single shot to the body in the first round of their bantamweight fight. Referee Hedgepeth waived off the bout at 1:08 when Cochero was unable to get to his feet. With the victory Franco improved to 14-0 with 9 KOs.