Knockout Kings II lived up to its billing with three great fights, two ending in knockout.
In the featured bout of the evening, Jesus Soto Karass defeated Andre Berto by 12 Round TKO. Soto Karass landed a monstrous left hook, which raised Berto off his feet and sent him to the canvas. Though he beat the count, the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight.
Berto hurt his right shoulder early and basically relied exclusively on his left hand the entire bout. Regardless of the knockout loss, Berto won over a lot of people with his sheer guts and toughness.
After the fight, Berto spoke with Showtime’s Jim Gray and said he felt he deserved an eight count from the referee and given the close official scores, you can’t argue with him.
Berto has now lost three of his last four bouts and needs to seriously consider his next career move in the world of boxing.
For Soto Karass, the KO victory earns him the NABF title and sets him up for bigger fights, possibly for another title.
In the second bout of the night, Omar Figueroa defeated Nihito Arakawa in a bloody war, which will certainly contend for fight of the year.
Figueroa outgunned Arakawa from beginning to end, but the Japanese fighter was tough-as-nails and simply would not quit.
Figueroa suffered injuries to both hands, which in his post-fight interview he said came in the second or third round.
. @OmarFigueroaJr - "It was incredible. We both took a beating. I messed both my hands up, but I came to put on a show & we did it!"— SHOWTIME SPORTS (@SHOsports) July 28, 2013
But—like Berto—Figueroa pressed on and gave the fans a really entertaining bout.
Also on the card, Keith “One Time” Thurman defeated the previously unbeaten contender, Diego Chaves of Argentina.
Each man had their moments in this competitive bout, but Thurman took control with a perfectly placed left hook to the body in Round 9.
Chaves was able to hang on and survive the round, but Thurman came out strong in Round 10 and finished him off.
Aside from the impressive knockout, Thurman also provided spectators with the most hilarious moment of the night.
Thurman was so overwhelmed and excited after his win that he gave a big shout out to the people of San Diego. The fight of course, was held in San Antonio.
After knocking out Diego Chaves, Keith Thurman professes his love for San Diego. The fight was in SAN ANTONIO. "Wanna get away?" #Boxing— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) July 28, 2013
All in all, the night was a success for Golden Boy Promotions, Showtime and boxing fans who were treated to three entertaining bouts.
Who do you think deserves the knockout bonus for best KO of the night?