• By Miguel Maravilla and Jose De Alba at ringside

Soto Karass and Kamegai Battle It Out to a Draw at LA Fight Club


In what was a definite candidate for fight of the year super welterweights Mexican warrior Jesus Soto Karass of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico and Japanese slugger Yoshiro Kamegai battled it out for ten rounds headlining the LA Fight Club series from the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on the Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV main event. Going toe to toe from the opening bell Soto Karass and Kamegai traded inside in the center. The Japanese was cut above his right eye in round two as both fighters continued to trade. Kamegai boxed more as the bleeding on his cut was sustained Soto Karass pressed forward.

Halfway through Kamegai and the Mexican veteran continued their offensive attacks trading away. Despite landing a pair of right hands on Kamegai, the Japanese continued to go at Soto Karass. Kamegai slowed down Soto Karass's momentum in round eight landing some solid body shots in round eight. Late in the fight the battle continued as Soto Karass and Kamegai slugged it out to to the final bell as neither took a step back.

After ten rounds the judges scored the bout 97-93 Kamegai, 96-94 Soto Karass, and 95-95 even. Jesus Soto Karass goes to 28-10-4, 18 KO's and Yoshihiro Kamegai goes to 26-3-2, 23 KO's as they gave the fans their moneys worth in fighting to a draw.

Ukrainian Los Angeles based light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabransky stopped Derrick Findley of Chicago in the scheduled eight round co-main event. Shabransky boxed patiently keeping his distance from the shorter Findley and in round three the Ukrainian dropped Findley with a crunching left to the body as he survived the round but did not come out for round four.

Vyacheslav Shabransky remains undefeated and goes to 16-0, 13 KO's. Derrick Findleu goes to 23-19-1, 15 KO's.

Opening up the Estrella TV telecast San Diego's Genaro "El Conde" Gamez of San Diego made his professional with a first round knockout over Archie Weah of Norcross, Georgia nu way of Liberia in a scheduled four round super featherweight bout. Gamez cornered and attacked Weah with a combination knocking him down as the referee reached a ten count at 2:24.

Genaro Gamez wins his pro debut and now stands at 1-0, 1KO. Archie Weah gows to 1-6.

Other Bouts

Making his pro debut Miami super welterweight Niko Valdes scored a first round knockout over Roberto Ramirez in a scheduled four rounder. Valdes dropped Ramirez early in round one a dopped him a second time with a body shot as the referee stopped the fight at 1:58.

Niko Valdes wins his professional debut and now stands at 1-0, 1 KO. Roberto Ramirez goes to 0-3.

East L.A welterweight prospect Jonathan Navarro stopped Tavorus Teague in a scheduled six round bout. Navarro attacked the body punishing Teague for two rounds as he did not come out of his corner for round three.

Jonathan Navarro stays unbeaten and goes to 5-0, 4 KOs. Tavorus Teague gors to 3-11-2, 2 KOs.

Starting off the action from the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles Jousce Gonzalez of Glendora, California made his pro debut with a first round TKO over Noe Perez. Gonzalez knocked down Perez three times as the referee stopped the fight at 1:23 of the opening round.

Jousce Gonzalez now stands at 1-0, 1 KO. Noe Perez goes to 1-2.

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