Isaac Zarate Defeats Carlos Carlson in Stunning Fashion
July 22, 2017
Anthony Saldana (67 articles)

Isaac Zarate Defeats Carlos Carlson in Stunning Fashion

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Photos by Cynthia Saldaña


Friday night boxing returned to the Ontario Double Tree, as Bantamweight contender Carlos Carlson (22-3, 12 KO’s) made his return to the ring against the always tough Isaac Zarate (13-3-2, 2 KO’s) in Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “New Blood” Main Event. Carlson returned to the ring for the first time since suffering a knockout loss to the WBC Bantamweight Champion Shinsuke Yamanaka in March. In a heated battle both fighters wasted no time unleashing an arsenal of punches on each other. In the first round Carlson developed a cut over his right eye due to an accidental clash of heads, and fought the rest of the round with a sense of urgency. The second round brought solid toe to toe action as Carlson slightly out box the aggressive Zarate.  Than to start the third it was Zarate who countered Carlson with a check left hook that floored Carlson. Carlson eventually beat the count as Zarate continued to gain confidence. Zarate stayed on the attack through the rest of this brutal battle as the sluggish Carlson seemed gun shy and moving up two weight divisions clearly took a toll on the former world title contender. After eight hellacious rounds of boxing all three judges were in agreement with the scores of 78-73 for Isaac Zarate. “I needed this win and couldn’t lose, I did what I had to do, I stayed composed and focused.” stated Zarate.


In the co-main event super bantamweight Cristian Ayala-Nieto (12-1, 4 KO’s) of Mexico took on veteran and fellow countrymen Pedro Melo (17-15-2, 8 KO’s). Ayala-Nieto who is coming off a thrilling victory over, Ricardo “El Hindu” Espinoza in May, looked to impress the electric crowd. From the opening bell it was a hotly contested phone booth battle as both fighters landed solid body shots and hard combinations on each other throughout the first few round. To start the 5th Ayala-Nieto caught Melo with a big three punch combination that stunned Melo. Ayala-Nieto continued the barrage of punches as Melo fought on the defensive for the rest round. Ayala-Nieto stayed one step ahead of his opponent to finish the fight, and after eight solid rounds of boxing, all three judges were in agreement with the scores of 79-72 for Ayala-Nieto


Other bouts include

Roberto Meza (8-0, 4 KO’s) vs. Juan Sandoval (7-17-1, 4 KO’s) (4-rounds) Featherweights, Result; Meza wins a split decision

Mario Hernandez (3-0) vs. Larry Kloak (Debut) (4-rounds) Super Bantamweights, Result; Mario Hernandez wins unanimous decision

Daniel Guzman (1-1) vs. Giovanni Noriega (Debut) (4-rounds) Super Flyweights, Result; Daniel Guzman wins by unanimous decision

Wesley Diana (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Carlos Apodaca (0-4) (4-rounds) Super Lightweights, Result; Wesley Diana wins by Knockout




Anthony Saldana