Tucson Boxing

Tucson boxing fans treated to nationally televised event at Casino del Sol

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Legendary, perennial nemeses James Toney and Roy Jones Jr. came together with CBS Sports Network to put on a show Friday night in which fight fans saw every bout end in either stoppages or stunning knockouts at the Casino del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater.

The sellout crowd at the AVA Amphitheater was treated to a night of undercards and a shortened main event with the marquee match between super bantamweights Hanzel Martinez and Prosper Ankrah cancelled because of Martinez’s serious injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

The most anticipated fight of the evening was a featherweight bout between crowd favorite Keenan Carbajal, out of Phoenix, against Lorenzo Trejo of Obregon, Mexico. From the first seconds of the fight, Trejo attempted to crowd Carbajal to compensate for the substantial reach difference. Carbajal towered more than 8 inches taller than Trejo, and the chants of “Si se puede” jokingly came from the crowd to show support for the tiny Trejo (who stands at 5’2″).

The more aggressive Carbajal showed better discipline over an aggressive Trejo. But the second round was clearly the Carbajal show. Trejo was knocked down a total of four times before the fight was called with 2:21 left in the round. The second of the four knockdowns resulted from a hit below the belt, and Trejo fell to the floor and called timeout. Despite an obvious acting job by Trejo, Carbajal got a verbal warning. When the action continued, Carbajal was determined to end it and he did just that.

Carbajal (11-2-1, 6 KOs) is the nephew of former world champion Michael Carbajal. Trejo fell to 35-32-1 in his career.

The first televised fight of the night was heavyweight Edgar Ramirez and hometown crowd favorite Jesus “Santi” Santa Maria. Both fighters were making their professional debut, and Ramirez quickly came out the victor. Ramirez quickly knocked down Santi, who stumbled getting back up. With the second knock down, Santa Maria fell to his knees before catching his neck on the ropes. Referee Rocky Burke called a stoppage at 1:13 into the first round .

The fourth fight was between another crowd favorite Randy Moreno, a lightweight fighting out of Las Vegas, versus a slightly shorter Christopher Turton of The Colony, Texas. In the first round, both fighters came out of their corners ready to fight.

Both landed quality hits while simultaneously taking them. Moreno got the edge on Turton, knocking him to the ground in the middle of the fight. Turton (1-3) couldn’t seem to recover. The round ended and before the ring girl could make her way around the ring, Turton’s corner recommended stopping the fight. Record it as a TKO for Moreno (3-0, 1 KO) in between round one and two.

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