by Rafael Soto
Fortress Mexico in Cuernavaca, Morelos - Carlos "Torito" Jimenez pulled off a major upset by securing a technical knockout at 2:55 seconds of the seventh round over previously undefeated Pedro "Roca" Campa in what was the stellar fight at the Centenario stadium in Cuernavaca. The fight headlined a Zanfer Promotions event, televised by Box Azteca.
The fight was fierce from the very first round and created many exchanges of power punches, with Campa (28-1, 21 KOs) deciding to go to war waith Jimenez (15-8, 7 KOs).
When the bell was about to ring at the end of the seventh round, Campa was caught cold by Jimenez - who placed a powerful left cross to the chin - which sent Campa down his back and referee Laurentino Ramirez immediately stopped the fight.
Campa says he let his guard down, because he made a big mistake and thought the ten second warning was actually the sound of the bell to end the round. Jimenez took full advantage, by landing a huge hook.
"A big oversight, I was winning the whole fight, I thought the round was over and I let my guard down, I'm going to recover and I'll ask my promoter Zanfer for a rematch with Jiménez," Campa said.
While "Torito" Jimenez said he never lost the confidence he would win.
"I knew I would catch him at any moment, I already had him well measured. This is a great win," said Jimenez.
Campa was on the verge of a world title shot and this defeat is a major setback for his career.
Before the fight took place, Campa was already looking ahead to a title opportunity in 2018 - "I'm going for the knockout, in 2018 Zanfer will look to get me a huge opportunity, I can not lose. It's taken me a lot of effort and years to get to this point."