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Carlos Carlson retains WBC belt with narrow win over Jose Cen-Torres

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Friday night, in the Thompson Boxing Promotions' "Locked n' Loaded" main event at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, Carlos Carlson (15-0, 10 KOs) of Tijuana, B. C., Mexico won a hard fought majority decision over Jose Cen-Torres (13-5, 1 KO) of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and with the win, retains his WBC Latino Bantamweight Championship. When the judges’ scores ended up 76-76 and then 77-75 twice for the winner Carlson, you knew it had been a close one.

On Friday night, it wasn't easy but Tijuana bantamweight Carlos Carlson managed to pull out another victory to retain his WBC Latino Bantamweight title.
On Friday night, it wasn't easy but Tijuana bantamweight Carlos Carlson managed to pull out another victory to retain his WBC Latino Bantamweight title.Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions

With both boxers remaining active throughout, it was Carlson who landed the most telling blows and kept pressing forward to engage. The fact Cen-Torres spent much of his time back peddling and circling, he gave the opposite impression of someone who was unwilling to engage. As a result, the judges ended up favoring the more aggressive Carlson.

That being said, Cen-Torres did beat Carlson to the punch in the first half of the fight and landed a lot of straight rights and hooks to the body. After Carlson made his adjustments, picked up the pace and established his rhythm, it was clear he was in control of the proceedings.

The Co-main event featured junior welterweight Jonathan Garcia (15-0, 11 KOs) of Watsonville, CA and Michael Balasi (10-5, 7 KOs) of Hawaii. Garcia used a variety of combinations and consistent pressure to win an unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73, 80-72).

Balasi's only hope of winning the fight was to get inside, and Garcia made certain that wasn’t going to happen. His right uppercut, left hook combinations stunned the southpaw impeding any and all advances. Garcia also used his stiff jab which stopped Balasi in his tracks. As the scores indicate, Balasi had no chance in this one.

Colombian lightweight Cesar Villarraga (4-0, 2 KOs) added another win to his resume by out-boxing the game and more experienced Dominic Coca (8-9, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles. All three judges had Villarraga winning every round (60-54).

As is usually the case with the mighty mites of the Flyweight Divisions, the Super Flyweight contest between Javier Lapizco (5-0, 1 KO) of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico and Christian Lorenzo (2-2, 1 KO) of Los Angeles, CA was a thriller. In this one, Lapizco ended up with the majority win (39-37, 38-38, 39-37). Both boxers dished out plenty of combinations and neither took a step back. With Lapizco connecting at a higher rate, he appears to be the more polished prospect.

The opening bout featured that super welterweight clash between Malik Bazille (2-2) of Los Angeles and Tavoris Teague (2-1, 1 KO) of La Habra, CA, the Kevin Hart lookalike. In this one, the 6’1” Bazille won via an unanimous decision, 39-37 on all three scorecards. The much taller southpaw fought most of the fight from the outside utilizing his lunging jab to routinely confused the much shorter Teague.

Up next, Thompson Boxing Promotions will be visiting San Diego on August 16, 2014 for a show at the immense Harley Davidson Store, just up the street from the local Costco at 4645 Morena Boulevard. For this event they’re hoping to feature many of San Diego’s top pugilists to include Giovani Santillan, Chris Martin, Christian Bojorquez, Ulises Sierra, Jose Toribio and Adrian Vargas.