By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight contender Jesus Soto-Karass (23-3-3, 16 KOs) won a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Carson Jones (18-7-1, 10 KOs) at the Activity Center in Maywood, CA. After a competitive start, Soto-Karass scored two knockdowns in the third round, both on body shots. However, Soto-Karass was also deducted a point in the process for hitting Jones in the back of the head. Jones controlled the middle rounds as he landed continuous right hands to the head of Soto-Karass. As Jones would mount rallies, Soto-Karass came on strong. Soto-Karass almost had Jones down in the final round, but Jones showed a lot of heart as he made it the final bell. All three judges scored the bout for Soto-Karass, with scores of 97-91, 98-90, and 99-89.
Junior Welterweight Omar Chavez (14-0-1, 10 KOs) remained unbeaten with a four round majority decision over Rodolfo Armenta (4-1, 3 KOs). Chavez started strong, but Armenta was able to land solid shots in the latter half of the fight. One judge scored the bout 38-38, while the other two judges scored the bout 40-36 and 39-37 in favor of Chavez. The decision was met with a barrage of both boos and applause from the crowd.
Featherweight Miguel Angel Garcia (16-0, 13 KOs) remained unbeaten with a stoppage victory over Lucien Gonzalez (9-5-1, 1 KO) before the start of the sixth round. After three competitive rounds, Garcia began to continuously hurt Gonzalez in the fourth and fifth rounds. Before the start of the sixth, at the advice of the ringside physician, referee Wayne Hedgepeth stopped the bout.
Super Featherweight Diego Magdaleno (8-0, 3 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over tough Rodrigo Aranda (8-9-2, 2 KOs). The southpaw Magdaleno outboxed Aranda throughout most of the bout, at times stunning Aranda, and earned scores of 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55. Magdaleno is promoted by Top Rank.
Super Featherweight Jose Roman (4-0, 3 KOs) remained unbeaten with a four round unanimous decision over Rufino Flores (1-2). Roman was busier and more aggressive than Flores, especially in the final round. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Roman.
Bantamweight Michael Franco (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a first round stoppage over Antonio Cochero in a scheduled six round bout. A right uppercut to the chin dropped Cochero 18-9-1, 13 KOs) to his knees, prompting referee Wayne Hedgepeth to step in and stop the bout at 1:08
In the walkout bout of the evening, Super Middleweight Joe Mills (5-3-1, 1 KO) won a four round unanimous decision over Mario Evangelista (2-3-1, 2 KOs). Mills scored a knockdown in the first round, but settled in going the distance. All three judges scored the bout 40-35, 40-35, and 39-36 in favor of Mills.