Carlos Carlson Makes his Return Against Isaac Zarate
July 20, 2017
Anthony Saldana (67 articles)

Carlos Carlson Makes his Return Against Isaac Zarate

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Friday night boxing returns to the Ontario Double Tree, as Bantamweight contender Carlos Carlson (22-2, 12 KO’s) makes his return to the ring against the always tough Isaac Zarate (12-3-2, 2 KO’s) in Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “New Blood” Main Event. Carlson will be returning to the ring for the first time since suffering a knockout loss to the WBC Bantamweight Champion Shinsuke Yamanaka in March. “Yamanaka is a tremendous talent. What he’s accomplished as a bantamweight is remarkable. He’s so disciplined with his punching and incredibly shifty on defense. That’s probably the best lesson that I learned in that fight. I need to make every punch count and defend at a higher level.”  Said Carlson, who fought Yamanaka in Yamanaka’s home country of Japan. “I know what I need to work on to earn another world title shot.” Carlson who fights out of Tijuana, Mexico, will be moving up two weight classes to the featherweight division for this fight. Zarate, who fights out of Carson, California will also is moving up in weight for his battle with Carlson “I usually fight at super bantamweight, but I’m comfortable moving up one division,” Zarate said. “It’s not that big of a deal for me. My last fight was at featherweight.”

Carlson also feels confident with moving up in weight. “The weight doesn’t matter to me,” Carlson said. “I’ve been in with tougher guys than him. I just have to fight my style and let my punching do all the work. I’ve always been a naturally big bantamweight so the decision to try a new division was something that was always in the back of my mind. This doesn’t mean that I’m leaving the bantamweight division. It’s just the right time to try something different.” “I’ve seen Zarate fight before. He’s been featured on quite a few Thompson Boxing shows. He’s a tough boxer. He likes to be in your face, but can get a little wild with his punches. I think he’s susceptible to the counter punch so that’s what we’ve been working on in training camp. I need to show patience and take advantage of his mistakes.”

In the co-main event super bantamweight Cristian Ayala-Nieto (11-1, 4 KO’s) of Mexico faces veteran and fellow countrymen Pedro Melo (17-14-2, 8 KO’s). Nieto is coming off a thrilling, back and forth fight against Ricardo “El Hindu” Espinoza in May. A bout which Nieto narrowly won by split decision.


Other bouts include

Roberto Meza (7-0, 4 KO’s) vs. Juan Sandoval (7-17-1, 4 KO’s) (4-rounds) Featherweights

Mario Hernandez (2-0) vs. Larry Kloak (Debut) (4-rounds) Super Bantamweights

Daniel Guzman (0-1) vs. Giovanni Noriega (Debut) (4-rounds) Super Flyweights

Wesley Diana (Debut) vs. Carlos Apodaca (0-4) (4-rounds) Super Lightweights


Carlson vs. Zarate will be streamed live on TB Presents: New Blood. Watch the action on and Facebook Live beginning at 8:00 p.m. PST / 11:00 p.m. EST. General and ringside tickets are priced at $40 & $100 and are available for purchase on the day of the event (Friday) starting at 5:30 p.m. local time from the will call booth at the Doubletree Hotel Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bout at approximately 8:00 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at 909-937-0900. “New Blood” is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.




Anthony Saldana