UNCASVILLE, Connecticut – Sharone Carter scored the most noteworthy win of his professional career Saturday night.
St. Louis’ Carter got off to a strong start, pressed the action for much of the fight and out-worked McJoe Arroyo to win an eight-round unanimous decision. Carter (12-3, 3 KOs) won their super bantamweight bout by the same score on all three cards, 77-75, in the only non-televised fight on the Angelo Leo-Stephen Fulton undercard at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Carter has won three straight fights since losing an eight-round unanimous decision to Leo in August 2018. Leo has since won the WBO junior featherweight title.
Puerto Rico’s Arroyo (18-4, 8 KOs), who twice fought for super flyweight titles, is 1-4 in his past five fights.
Arroyo and Carter traded on the inside for much of the eighth and final round, though neither fighter appeared to do much damage.
Carter and Arroyo traded on the inside in the seventh round, when both boxers landed flush punches. Arroyo drilled Carter with a straight left hand late in the seventh round, but Carter fired right back with a right hand that made Arroyo back off.
Referee Danny Schiavone gave Carter time to recover after another accidental clash of heads late in the sixth round. Carter nailed Arroyo with a straight right hand once the action resumed.
A left hand by Arroyo stung Carter just after the fifth round began. There was a brief break in the action after an accidental clash of heads a little later in the fifth.
Arroyo began backing up Carter in the second half of the fifth round, when Carter’s punch output went down.
Arroyo cracked Carter with a straight left early in the fourth round, but Carter took it well.
Carter knocked Arroyo into the ropes with a right hand early in the third round. Schiavone warned Arroyo for a low blow late in the third round.
An aggressive Carter came forward throughout the first two rounds, when he had some success with straight right hands. Arroyo mostly pawed with his jab in those two opening rounds and only occasionally threw left hands to try to keep Carter from pressing the action.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.