Carlos Carlson KO’s Alex Rangel, Claims NABF Title

Bantamweight Carlos Carlson (21-1, 12 KOs) came off the canvas to score a third round KO over veteran Alex Rangel (17-6-2, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario Ca. Carlson went down in the opening round but it was more of a balance issue than the actual punch. Carlson turned up the offense in the second and was dominating the third when he landed a left uppercut that sent Rangel crashing to the canvas. He was up on shaky legs as referee Raul Caiz Jr. reached the count of eight but when he stumbled forward, clearly hurt, Caiz chose to wave it off and save Rangel from further punishment. Carlson claimed the vacant NABF title with the win. Official time was 1:00.

In the co-featured bout, super featherweight Erick Ituarte (15-1-1, 2 KOs) dominated the action and scored a six round blow out over Alberto Mora (5-5, 1 KO). Ituarte simply overpowered Mora who had moments but couldn’t keep up with the Ituarte’s output or his left hook. After six rounds all three judges would agree on a score of 60-53.

Also on the card,

Jr. welterweight Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 7 KOs) stopped Erick Martinez (12-6-1, 6 KOs) in the fourth round of a scheduled eight. Mendez worked the body from the opening bell and was punishing Martinez with a barrage of head shots when referee Raul Caiz Jr. decided he had seen enough and stepped in and waved it off. Time was 1:41 of the fourth.

Unbeaten featherweight prospect Ruben Villa (2-0, 2 KO) stopped Jose Mora (0-1,) in the opening round of a scheduled four. A right from the southpaw Villa put Mora down and after a follow up flurry, referee Thomas Taylor stepped in and called it off. Time was 2:31

Kicking off the night were Danny Andujo (2-0, 1 KO) and Cesar Guzman (0-1), both from Temecula Ca. and familiar with each other, having history from the amateurs. Andujo was the aggressor early but Guzman found his rhythm and was able to find openings. The fight was back-and-fourth and seemed up for grabs going into the final round where Andulo sealed the victory. A right hand during an exchange caught Guzman flush and sent him to the canvas. He would beat the count and survive the round but after four all three judges would have Andujo on top. Two scores were wide for Andujo 40-35, 39-36 and a more accurate 38-37.


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