Mexican fighter, Jesus Soto Karass (24-6-3, 16KOs), will face Philly favorite, Gabriel Rosado (18-5, 10KOs), in a ten-round junior middleweight bout. The fight will take place at Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and will air on NBC Sports Network at 9pm E/T.
Soto Karass has fought most of his career at welterweight and is /welterweight-147-lbs/”>ranked 20th in that weight class, but for this bout he moves up to the 154lb division. From May 2005 to August 2009, Soto Karass is 13-0-2, but in his last four bouts, he’s gone 0-3 with one no contest. Two of those losses come against Mike Jones, who is now 26-0, and the other is against Alfonso Gomez, who is now 23-5.
Rosado will be fighting in his hometown and has the advantage of taking on an opponent who will be coming up in weight. He is two inches taller than his opponent and has a five inch longer reach. Rosado is coming off four consecutive wins, two of those by TKO. He has wins on record over notables Saul Roman and Kassim Ouma (in 2010 and 2009, respectively).
Co-headlining the main event will be heavyweight prospects Bryant Jennings (11-0, 5KOs) and Maurice Byarm (13-0-1, 9KOs). Originally scheduled were heavyweights Eddie Chambers and Sergei Liakhovich, but injuries sustained by Chambers during training necessitated his withdrawal from the bout.
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