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Jesus Soto Karass Stops Euri Gonzalez in Five Rounds

By Jake Donovan

Former welterweight contender Jesus Soto Karass kept his career afloat thanks to a 5th round knockout win over Euri Gonzalez in their main event Saturday evening in Costa Mesa, California.

It was a rough stretch for Soto Karass at the beginning of the year, winless in five straight fights over a stretch of more than two years. A 5th round knockout loss to Gabriel Rosado appeared to be the final nail in the coffin, but Soto Karass – often referred to as a ‘poor man’s Antonio Margarito’ = rebounded with a decision win over Said El Harrak this past May. 

The win over Saturday was far more emphatic and over a better class of opponent as Gonzalez was very much a live opponent heading into the fight. Soto Karass had no intention of putting himself in danger, jumping out to an early lead and applying steady pressure on his opponent throughout.

In a lot of ways, it was vintage Soto Karass (for whatever that’s worth) who was in seek-and-destroy mode rather than the shell who has surfaced in recent years. Gonzalez found out the hard way that there was a lot of fight left in this old dog, as Soto Karass stepped up and closed the show once he had his opponent in trouble.

An overhand right put Gonzalez on the canvas for the bout’s lone knockdown. Gonzalez managed to beat the count, but found himself under siege at the time the referee intervened to spare him from absorbing further punishment.

The official time was 1:50 of round five.

Soto Karass to 26-7-3 (17KO) with the win, his second straight. Gonzalez falls to 20-3-1 (14KO).

In the co-feature, Francisco Vargas (12-0-1, 10KO) continued his winning ways with a 1st round knockout against overmatched Irving Torres (9-3, 7KO). Vargas – a member of the 2008 Mexico Olympic boxing squad – has now scored nine straight knockouts, none lasting than the 3rd round.

Both bouts aired live on Fox Deportes.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox 
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by onechance87 on 07-07-2012

I thought soto karass was promoted by toprank?

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