Tucson Boxing

Fight Week in the Old Pueblo: Golden Boy hosting events leading up to Thursday Night.

This is the third time this year Golden Boy on ESPN has come to Casino Del Sol to put on an internationally televised night of action.

Tickets for the show currently on sale and range from $45.00-$125.00 (includes convenience fee). Tickets are available for purchase at the Casino Del Sol gift shop and online at casinodelsol.com.

BREAKING DOWN THE MAIN EVENT:

All Sports Tucson’s Tale of the Tape

Both fighters are coming off of extended time away from answering an opening bell. Jesus Soto Karass last saw action in August of 2017 and hasn’t notched a W to his record since his stunning TKO victory over Andre Berto in 2013. Throughout his career, Soto Karass has faced a true who’s who of welterweight opponents. Some of the modern era’s best names have stepped in the ring with Soto Karass and because of his age, he may have to rely on that extensive experience to come out on top. Soto Karass’s resume is far more impressive than Juan Carlos Abreu‘s if you truly dig into the stats. Marcos Maidana, Andre Berto, Keith Thurman, Gabriel Rosado and Yoshihiro Kamegai are just a few names Soto Karass has faced throughout his career. Soto Karass has had to count on going the distance a lot with only a 40% KO rating. Being five years older Abreu and with that year plus away from boxing, it would be interesting to see how hard going the distance will be against someone who has KO’d opponents in 18 of 19 victories.

“I have faced the best, I have beaten the best, and I am looking forward to adding Abreu to my list of victories,” Soto Karass said. “My goal is to get back in the mix of the welterweight title picture and a big win on November 2 will show the fans that I can beat anyone.”

Jesus Soto Karass is renowned for his willingness to fight the very best of his time. As well as his ability to continue fighting after having taken brutal punishment.

Abreu may not have been through the litmus test his November 2nd opponent has. Being 5 years younger and knocking his opponents out 75% of the time, Abreu has options when he enters the ring this Thursday at Casino Del Sol. Age and punching power is on Abreu’s side. Though, Soto Karass is famous and has endeared himself to boxing fans for his ability to take punches. Often fighting on with an obviously broken nose. For the 30 year old Dominican, his ability to take Soto Karass into the later rounds and keeping up the pressure and pace with incredible accuracy, might be the only way to get a W. If Soto Karass’s time away from action has not been spent extensively in the gym, Abreu could score a TKO with his speed and accuracy in the later rounds. Technically, Abreu has been away from boxing longer than Soto Karass.

“Of my 19 victories, I have knocked out 18 opponents and Soto Karass is next. He hasn’t won in five fights, and there’s no way he’s getting back on the winning track against me,” Abreu said.

The key to this one will be, seeing who was effected most from their year away from competition.

Soto Karass has seen everything Abreu will likely try to do against him. Can Abreu wear down the grizzled veteran? Soto Karass has seen it all, but will he physically be able to execute what it will take to stop Abreu?


The public is invited to attend all of the following events leading up to Thursday nights action:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31

3:30 p.m. – GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN MEDIA WORKOUT is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Location: Pascua Yaqui Wellness Center
5305 W. Calle Torim, Tucson AZ 85757

3:30 p.m. – Media Workout Begins

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1

12:00 p.m. GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN WEIGH-IN BEGINS is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Location: Casino Del Sol’s New Paradiso Lounge, located next to the Bingo Hall
5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ 85757
Parking: Valet and self-parking available

12:00 p.m. – Weigh-In Begins – LIVE

Watch Live:
www.RingTv.com
*This is a live event please arrive promptly*

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2

5:00 p.m. EVENT CENTER DOORS OPEN

Location: Casino Del Sol Event Center
5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ 85757

Parking: Valet and self-parking available

5:30 p.m. FIRST FIGHT BEGINS

6:30 p.m. ESPN3 COVERAGE BEGINS

8:00 p.m. GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN COVERAGE ON ESPN2 AND ESPN DEPORTES BEGINS

*Events/Schedule Subject to Change*

Tickets for the show currently on sale and range from $45.00-$125.00 (includes convenience fee). Tickets are available for purchase at the Casino Del Sol gift shop and online at casinodelsol.com.

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