Mexican teenager makes U.S. debut in dramatic fashion

Raj Sharma @ ringside


Mexican teenager makes U.S. debut in dramatic fashion

Juan C. Burgos KO3 Adam Carrera Juan Carlos Burgos knows how to make a first impression. The unbeaten Tijuana  featherweight used a well-placed left to the body to score a dramatic third round stoppage of Adam Carrera in his American debut Friday night in Corona, California. The scheduled eight rounder headlined a six-bout card promoted by Thompson Boxing.

The body shot abruptly ended a fast- paced, entertaining match up.  Carrera had pressured the Tijuana teenager from the opening bell, looking to get inside and wear down the young prospect.

Burgos got the better of the action in the first, connecting with some sharp rights and lefts as the shorter Carrera pursued. The second round was closer, and Carrera’s pressure seemed to be paying dividends for him in the third when the body punch landed. Carrera sunk to a knee and was counted out at the 1:52 mark by referee Raul Caiz Jr. Burgos improves to 15-0 with 13 KOs while “El Torito” Carrera slips to 19-3 with 8 KOs. The early ending came as no surprise to the victor.

“I was looking for that punch all night,” Burgos said after the bout. “I was prepared for this fight. The plan was to drop him after three rounds.”  Carrera meanwhile said he injured his hamstring during the bout, and “his leg went out on him” prior to the knockdown.

James Parison TKO2 Anthony Cannon... In the co-feature, super middleweight prospect James “Chocolate” Parison improved to 8-0 with a second round stoppage of Anthony Cannon. Official time was 2:52. Cannon looked to box and stay away from Parison, but Parison caught up and hurt the Michigan native with a series of punches to the body and head in the second. Referee Jose Cobian stepped in to rescue Cannon from any further punishment. Cannon is now 4-6.

Jackson Bussell D4 Ernesto Lara... “Action” Jackson Bussell and Ernesto Lara battled to a draw in a four-round junior welterweight match up.  This was the best bout of the evening, as the two young fighters were evenly matched and gave a great effort. Lara stunned Bussell with a left uppercut in the first, but the quicker “Action” took control in the middle rounds, slipping inside shots and banging the body and timing hard right hands over Lara’s jab. The fourth round was close, with Bussell’s greater activity seemingly giving him the advantage, but two of the judges ruled the bout 38-38 after four rounds. The other card was 39-37 Bussell. Bussell is now 1-1-1 (1), while Lara is 0-0-1.

Other preliminary bouts: Three other bouts rounded out the card. Rafael Lopez made an impressive pro debut, dropping Patrick Bruny twice en route to a first round knockout victory. The 18-year-old Lopez, a middleweight, is the younger brother of lightweight prospect Josesito Lopez. Edgar Vargas improved his record to 11-3 with a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over durable Odi Rivera. Mauricio Herrera defeated Angel Osuna in a four round junior middleweight bout.

Kelvin Davis had his neck brace removed and is walking two miles a day, according to brother and trainer Kelly Davis. Kelvin had fractured his neck and back while on a training run in New Zealand when he fell off a bridge after leaping to avoid an oncoming car. Davis had been in New Zealand to battle local fighter Shane Cameron. Kelly said his brother hopes to fight again.

Unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Eric “Danger” Fields is close to inking a promotional deal with Brian Halquist Productions said manager Whit Haydon. Fields, a  two-time national Golden Gloves winner, is 7-0 with 6 KOs thus far in his professional campaign. Next up for Fields is a September 1 bout with veteran Harold Sconiers in Tacoma, Washington.

Former world champions Armando Muniz, Alejandro “Terra” Garcia, and Roberto “Mako” Leyva were in attendance. Ring announcer was Joe “Are You Ready” Martinez.

Attendance was 1,792.

Thompson Boxing’s next show is Friday September 21 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Chris Arreola and rising junior lightweight Dominic Salcido are slated to appear on the card.