Super Bantamweight Isaac Zarate is one in which fight fans are sure to hear plenty about in the years to come.
A quick handed southpaw, Zarate in his early stages of his professional career as already taking titles such as the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation and the NABF strap. This all becomes even more impressive when you add in the fact that he turned professional after just fourteen amateur fights.
Isaac is Promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions
Managed by Eddie Gonzalez
PROFESSIONAL RECORD – 13-3-2 (2 KO’s)
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By Michael Shepherd – Super bantamweight Isaac Zarate (13-3-2, 2 KOs) headlines the latest edition of “Path to Glory” when he faces veteran Christian Esquivel (29-12, 22 KOs) in the 8-round main event on Friday, October 20th from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Veteran of over 40 fights Esquivel will be a good test for Zarate and once challenged for the WBC World Bantamweight title against Shinsuke Yamanake in Japan, November, 2011. He has also shared the ring with current WBC world super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas at the Honda Center, Anaheim on February 27th 2016.
Southpaw Zarate, fighting out of San Pedro, Calif, enters the contest with a win over recent WBC World Bantamweight title challenger Carlos Carlson in July. Prior to that, Zarate endured a rough stretch that saw him net a draw and two split decision losses. Zarate has been preparing for Esquivel by spending significant time sparring with WBA world champion Danny Roman.
In the co-feature, junior welterweight Mohammed Rodriguez (10-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico makes his second appearance on a Thompson Boxing card when he fights Colombian Cesar Villarraga (9-3-1, 4 KOs) in a bout set for 8-rounds.a
After an uneven start to his career that included four straight wins followed by three straight losses, Rodriguez is on the verge of turning things around. He handed Manuel Mendez his 2ndever loss when he knocked him out in the fourth round in June.
Villarraga, meanwhile, is mired in a slump with two unanimous decision losses and a draw in his last three outings.
The Main attraction on the “Path to Glory” undercard showcases middleweights Antonio Gutierrez (22-2-1, 10 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico and James De La Rosa (23-5, 13 KOs) of Harlingen, Texas (8-rounds).
Gutierrez owns a very close loss to Gabriel Rosado at the Stubhub Center, Carson back in June 2016, Rosado has fought elite level talents such as Gennady Golovkin, David Lemieux, and Willie Monroe, Jr to name a few.
LATEST FIGHT REPORT
By Barbara Pinnella – We spent another fun night at a Thompson Boxing Promotions event. This time it was New Blood, held once again at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. The main event for the evening was a good one. It featured Carlos “Memin” Carlson (22-3, 12 KOs) going up against Isaac “Dinamita” Zarate (13-3-2, 2 KOs). This fight was to go eight rounds in the featherweight division.
Both men were able to land some punches in the first round, but no real harm was done. Just before the bell in the second, a little flurry of punches by Zarate dropped Carlson. He didn’t appear to be hurt by the punch, but still suffered that knockdown.
In the third there were many, many power shots thrown and landed by both fighters. Just when it looked as if Zarate might be headed out of there, he came back with a vengeance and fought back hard. These two went at it from start to finish of that third round.
The fourth round was another rough and ready one, and still the power shots were flying. The fifth was a great one for Isaac. He landed some really hard leather on Carlos, snapping his head back on more than one occasion.
Carlson came back a bit in the sixth, but Zarate was still going strong. Isaac was able to land two good uppercuts while Carlos was holding him. Referee Jerry Cantu had been taking a careful look at Carlson for a few rounds, but we moved into the seventh.
As had been the case for a lot of the fight, Carlson would get Zarate up against the ropes, and Isaac would have to bull and push his way off of them. Often he could land punches as he was getting out of there as well.
Zarate was all over Carlson in the final round of this very good main event. He remained strong throughout the fight, and took advantages when he could. We went to the scorecards. All three judges saw the fight 78-73, all for Zarate.
“We would have been happy to fight at 122, but they chose 124 as the catch weight,” trainer Eddie Gonzalez said after the fight. But to say he was happy was an understatement. “The fight went according to plan – exactly!”
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