By Francisco Salazar / Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Welterweight Jesus Soto-Karass did not have one important person in his corner throughout his bout Friday night against Carson Jones. Still, he did enough to win an entertaining and competitive bout against his opponent. Soto-Karass, a welterweight contender and Antonio Margarito stablemate, dropped Jones twice en route to a 10 round unanimous decision victory before a packed Activity Center crowd in Maywood, CA on Friday night. The bout headlined a “Champions of Tomorrow” card, presented by Top Rank and Showdown Promotions. It was the first show on a new series of fights to be aired by Azteca America.
Soto-Karass did not have his trainer, Javier Capetillo, in his corner for his bout against Jones. Capetillo is currently on suspension by the California Athletic Commission due to his alleged involvement on January 24th, when plaster-type substance was found on the wrappings of Antonio Margarito, whom he also trains.
“I did miss him in my corner,” admitted Soto-Karass after the fight.
Soto-Karass is unbeaten in his last 14 bouts, where he has positioned himself for a possible title shot down the road. Jones had won his last five bouts in a row and was hoping to pull off the upset over Soto-Karass.
Both fighters scored well in the first two rounds of the bout. Jones used his quickness to score counter right hands to the head, while Soto-Karass set up left hooks to the body with combinations to the head.
Soto-Karass took control in the third round, as his punches began to take an effect on Jones. Soto-Karass dropped Jones with a left hook to the body. Jones stood up and actually came back and landed a series of right hands to the head. Right before the bell rang, Soto-Karass dropped Jones with another left hook to the body. However, as Jones was down on one knee, Soto-Karass hit Jones across the head, prompting referee Jack Reiss took a point away.
Jones scored well during the middle rounds as he used his speed to land right hands, at times snapping back the head of Soto-Karass. He was able to get inside of Soto-Karass’ defense and was able to score uppercuts to the head as well.
Soto-Karass rallied back in the latter rounds. He was able to win close rounds by finishing each round strong, landing hooks to the body that stopped Jones in his tracks.
Sensing Jones was near the end, Soto-Karass charged out of his corner in the final round. Soto-Karass landed hard shots across the head of Jones, sending his opponent reeling across the ring.
To his credit, Jones hung on, even trying to fight back as Soto-Karass punished him against the ropes. Jones showed a lot of heart in a losing effort, despite being outgunned by Soto-Karass.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Soto-Karass, with scores of 97-91, 98-90, and 99-89. Fightnews.com scored the bout 96-91 in favor of Soto-Karass.
“I knew that he was a strong fighter,” said Soto-Karass, immediately after the fight. “He took my punches very well. I would have him at times and then he would slip away.”
With regards to Capetillo, Soto-Karass did acknowledge that his presence was missed. “We needed him in my corner.”
Soto-Karass, from Los Angeles, CA by way of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, improves to 23-3-3, 16 KOs. Jones, from Oklahoma City, OK, falls to 18-7-1, 10 KOs.
Featherweight Miguel Angel Garcia earned a stoppage victory when late-replacement Lucien Gonzalez did not answer the sixth round in a scheduled eight round bout.
Garcia landed the more effective power shots to the head and body from the opening bell. Gonzalez, who replaced original opponent Carlos Guevara within a week of the fight, attempted to use his speed to counter. He did find success as he was able to sneak right hands to the head.
Garcia’s punches began to take their toll on Gonzalez. Garcia’s body punches began to slow down Gonzalez and made him drop his hands more.
Gonzalez had no answer for Garcia, who pressed the action and was aggressive in the fourth and fifth rounds. Garcia staggered Gonzalez with a right cross in the fourth round and continued to batter him in the fifth round.
Gonzalez sustained lots of punishment, but amazingly stayed on his feet. He looked out on his feet and was in bad shape as he returned to his corner at the end of the fifth round.
Referee Wayne Hedgepeth consulted with the ringside physician, who recommended for the fight to end.
Garcia, from Oxnard, CA, improves to 16-0, 13 KOs. Gonzalez, from Reading, PA, falls to 9-5-1, 1 KO.
Super Lightweight Omar Chavez won a four round majority decision over Rodolfo Armenta.
Chavez, the son of former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, used an effective jab and left hook to keep the shorter Armenta at bay. Armenta hoped to counter with looping right hands over the top of the left hand of Chavez.
Although Chavez was busier and landed more, Armenta was persistent in trying to land counter right hands and lefts. Armenta would find more success as the bout continued.
However, Chavez was stronger and more fluid with his punches. He finished the fight strong as he landed left hooks to the body that slowed down Armenta.
One judge had the bout scored 38-38, while the remaining two judges had Chavez ahead with scores of 39-37 and 40-36. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Chavez.
Chavez, from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, goes to 14-0-1, 10 KOs. Armenta, from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, drops to 4-1, 3 KOs.
Bantamweight Michael Franco remained unbeaten with a first round stoppage over veteran Antonio Cochero in a scheduled six round bout.
Franco intended to box and set everything up with a jab, while Cochero attempted to counter. Suddenly, a right uppercut to the chest dropped Cochero to his knees. Cochero made no effort to get up, prompting referee Wayne Hedgepeth to wave the fight over at 1:08 of the round.
Franco, from Riverside, CA, improves to 14-0, 9 KOs. Cochero, from Miami, FL by way of Monteria, Colombia, falls to 18-9-1, 13 KOs.
Super Featherweight Diego Magdaleno won a six round unanimous decision over veteran Rodrigo Aranda.
The southpaw Magdaleno was in control of the action for most of the fight. Magdaleno used his quick hands to mix up short right hooks or straight left hands to the head of Aranda. Magdaleno stunned Aranda in the second and fourth rounds and cruised to victory.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Magdaleno with scores of 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55. Fightnews.com scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Magdaleno.
Magdaleno improves to 8-0, 3 KOs, while Aranda falls to 8-9-2, 2 KOs. Both reside in Las Vegas, NV.
Super Featherweight Jose Roman was taken the distance for the first time in his career, winning a unanimous decision over Rufino Flores.
All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the fight 40-36 in favor of Roman.
Roman, from Santa Ana, CA, goes to 4-0, 3 KOs. Flores, from Los Angeles, CA, falls to 1-2.
In the walkout bout of the evening, Super Middleweight Joe Mills dropped Mario Evangelista in the first round, but settled for a four round unanimous decision victory.
Mills, from Los Angeles, CA by way of Alberta, Canada, improves to 5-3-1, 1 KO. Evangelista, from Los Angeles, CA by way of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, falls to 2-3-1, 2 KOs.