Jesus Saracho and Tarik Zaina battle to a majority attract Thompson Boxing important occasion


Jesus Saracho and Tarik Zaina. Picture by Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing Promotions

ONTARIO, Calif. – Jesus Saracho of Guanajuato, Mexico and Tarik Zaina should wait one other day to settle the rating and to see who can transfer their careers ahead.

Saracho and Zaina fought to a majority choice draw Friday evening on the Doubletree Resort. One decide scored the bout 96-94 for Saracho, whereas the opposite two judges scored the bout 95-95.

The Ring scored the bout 97-93 for Saracho. [Editor’s Note: The Ring E.I.C Doug Fischer, who worked the Thompson Boxing live stream, scored the bout 97-93 for Zaina, so it was one of those types of style matchups.]

Each fighters discovered success from the opening spherical, although it was the southpaw Saracho (13-1-1, 11 knockouts) who applied his plan of assault extra successfully. Saracho tried to stroll down Zaina, throwing and touchdown left-right or right-left combos.

To not be outdone, the taller Zaina (12-0-1, 8 KOs), who at the moment resides in Tijuana, Mexico, would try to counter with proper uppercuts to the top. Zaina would often catch Saracho with an uppercut to the top however would get countered most occasions when he missed.

Saracho started focusing his assault on the physique of Zaina within the fourth spherical. Saracho would provoke proper hooks or left crosses or would feint going to the top in an try for Zaina to maneuver his arms as much as then connect with the physique.

Zaina did discover success in spherical 5. He started strolling down Saracho, touchdown proper uppercuts, and likewise straight proper fingers to the top. The quantity of punches Zaina landed in each rounds 5 and 6 started to provide blood from the nostril of Saracho.

Saracho rallied in spherical 7, using angles to get inside punching vary to land lead and counter left crosses to the top of Zaina. Throughout the next spherical, Saracho was again to strolling down Zaina the identical method he did early within the battle.

Saracho had an enormous ninth spherical, the place he dominated many of the motion, even beautiful Zaina with a counter punch to the top. To his credit score, Zaina fought again, standing within the pocket to commerce. A straight proper to the top in spherical 10 appeared to stun Saracho, however Saracho battled again, swinging momentum his method by being the aggressor and placing Zaina on the defensive.

In his earlier battle on January 25, Saracho defeated Cesar Francis by unanimous choice. Francis entered the bout unbeaten. Over 4 months previous to the win over Francis, Saracho stopped Nick Jefferson within the fifth spherical. Jefferson additionally entered the Saracho battle unbeaten.

The 21-year-old had gained his final three fights since dropping to Deonte Brown by knockout within the ninth spherical on March 12 of final 12 months in a conflict of unbeaten junior welterweight prospects.

Zaina final fought on November 26, defeating Arley Carabali by unanimous choice. Friday evening marked his United States debut after combating in Mexico and Colombia.

Within the co-feature bout, hard-hitting middleweight Nelson Oliva of Los Angeles dropped Miguel Angel Barajas thrice en path to a primary spherical knockout.

Oliva, who’s educated by Henry Ramirez, improved to 7-0, 6 KOs.

The southpaw Oliva landed at will from the opening bell. A couple of minute into the spherical, a left hook to the physique dropped Barajas, who beat the depend, however went down once more moments later from one other punch to the physique. Oliva stalked Barajas, touchdown a left to the physique, dropping Barajas to 1 knee, prompting referee Gerard White to cease the battle at 2:25.

The 27-year-old Oliva defeated Wayne Boudreaux in a detailed bout by unanimous choice in his final bout on February 10.

Barajas, who resides in Guadalajara, Mexico, falls to 3-4, 2 KOs. The 34-year-old has now misplaced three of his final 4 bouts.

In a particular attraction, welterweight prospect Angel Beltran (17-1, 10 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico stopped Ghana’s Abraham Afful after the tip of the opening spherical.

Afful went on the assault and fought within the pocket early on, however Beltran’s extra correct and efficient punches started to weaken Afful. Beltran started strolling down Afful about halfway by the spherical, forcing him to battle defensively.

After the tip of the spherical, Afful’s nook informed referee Gerard White their fighter was not in a position to proceed.

The 27-year-old, who resides in Mexicali, final fought on March 10, defeating Luis Lopez in a conflict of once-beaten fighters.

Afful falls to 12-5-1, 12 KOs.


Junior welterweight Emiliano Moreno of Lengthy Seaside, California dropped Cristian Dominguez twice within the opening spherical to win a unanimous choice.

Scores have been 80-70, 80-70, and 79-71 for the 18-year-old Moreno, who goes to 6-0 1 NC, 4 KOs.

The scorecards didn’t mirror the competitiveness of the battle. The taller Moreno dominated the motion throughout the first half of the battle, however Dominguez was in a position to land considerably with left and proper fingers to the physique.

Dominguez, who resides in Las Vegas, falls to 11-6 1 NC, 6 KOs.

In junior middleweight motion, Levy Garcia of Guadalajara, Mexico improved to 3-0-1, 2 KOs, defeating Jesus Gonzalez by unanimous choice.

Scores have been 60-54, 59-55, and 58-56 for Garcia, who was the more-accurate and assertive fighter all through many of the battle.

Gonzalez, who resides in close by Santa Ana, drops to 6-1-1, 2 KOs.

Light-weight Tayden Beltran (6-0-1, 4 KOs) of Huntington Seaside, California dropped Mexico’s Gerardo Fuentes (2-8-1, 2 KOs) twice with punches to the physique, ending issues in spherical 2. Referee Gerard White stopped the battle at 1:29.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He might be reached at [email protected]


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