Promociones Soto, headed by Jesus Soto, has lined up a big World Boxing Federation championship doubleheader on Saturday August 17 at the El Chamizal arena in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. It will arguably be the most significant boxing event in the city located in the northwest of Sonora state, about 100 km from the Arizona border.
In a rematch, hometown puncher Javier “El Rebelde” Carrera will face fellow countryman Augusto “Veneno” Gamez for the vacant WBF North American Welterweight title, while another local favourite, Linda “La Muneca” Soto squares off with compatriot Kareli Lopez for the vacant WBF Womens Intercontinental Super Flyweight crown.
Carrera turned professional in 2008 and won his first ten bouts before losing a decision to fellow prospect Julio Cesar Avalos in 2012. He has since rebounded well with two victories, his latest a close majority decision over Gamez, and enters his first championship contest with a 12-1 (9) ledger.
In Gamez, 13-13-1 (10), he will be in with a battletested veteran who gave him his toughest fight so far when they fought this past March, and a boxer who has fought for, and won, several titles and shared the ring with big names such as Antonio Diaz and Jorge Paez Jr.
26 year old Linda Soto will be aiming to get back into contention, coming off a decision defeat against American Ava Knight. Spotting a misleading 5-3 (3) record, she has only lost to world class opposition, coming up short against Jessica Chavez, Jolene Blackshear and the aforementioned Knight, all former or current world title-holders.
Entering the fight with a close to identical record of 5-3-1 (1), Kareli Lopez has never challenged for a title but she has never the less boxed against top-notch opposition. In 2012 she defeated Zenny Sotomayor who went on to challenge for a world championship, and in her last two appearances she lost competitive decisions to undefeated Jessica Nery Plata and former world champion Katia Gutierrez.
The card will also feature an interesting undercard with well-matched bouts, most notably a battle of undefeated prospects between Light Welterweights Eliud Ortega and Oscar Magana. Promociones Soto expects a sold-out venue will support local heroes Carrera and Soto in their careers most important bouts to date.