Top Rank Live Undercard Results: Popoca stops Soto Karass, More!

By Matthew Paras: Jose Benavidez Jr. vs Ronald Peterson: Highly touted Jr. Weltwerweight prospect Jose Benavidez Jr. (6-0, 6 KOs) opened the untelevised portion of Top Rank Live’s promotional card with a phenomenal first round KO over Minnesota native Ronald Peterson (3-2, 3 KOs). Time was 2:45 with Benavidez landing a hook to the body. Peterson did not even bother getting up.

Krystof Zimnoch vs. Michael Moncrief:

In the second bout of the evening, Polish Heavyweight Kryzstof Zimnoch (3-0-1, 3 KOs) made short work over Cleveland, Ohio native Michael Moncrief (3-8-1, 1 KO) in the course of third rounds. Zimnoch had continuous success with the right hand and stopped Moncrief on his feet in the second round. Zimnoch landed a vicious right uppercut to put his opponent in a dazed state. After landing a series of combinations, referee Gerald Scott stopped the fight at 2:12 of the third round.

Wendel Boyd Henley vs. Marcus Darrell Thompkins:

Two undefeated Welterweight Prospects battled it out to a majority draw at the UIC Pavilion. Both sporting records of 5-0, Wendel Boyd Henley and Marcus Darrell Thompkins fought a competitive fight with Henley being the aggressor and Thompkins being the counter puncher. In the first round, it was Henley’s aggression that controlled the pace. However, Thompkins in the next rounds was able to withstand the body punches and counter with clean right hands. The rounds were competitive and close with both boxers splitting the last two rounds. Scores were 59-55 Henley and 57-57 twice.

Ivan Popoca vs Jose Luis Soto Karass:

Chicago prospect Ivan Popoca (14-0-1, 10 KOs) and Jose Luis Soto Karass (20-14-1, 18 KOs) took no time to get to know each other as both fighters went to war right at the start of the opening bell. Ivan Popoca prevailed with a fifth round TKO, but took some major shots in the process. The two fighters went toe to toe with vicious exchanges. Karass took the opening round, but Ivan Popoca adjusted by increasing his work rate and landing the cleaner punches. Rounds two and three were Popoca’s, but things suddenly changed in round four when Karass put Popoca on the canvass. Showing great heart, Popoca battled back, hurting Karass in the same thrilling round. Round five was also a great round when Popoca landed three brutal right hands in a row, this time putting Jose Luis Soto Karass on the canvas. Karass was clearly dazed and Refree Gerald Scott called the fight right then and there. Time was 2:07.

Article posted on 30.05.2010

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