The final Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN card saw the most-action packed bout in history in the main event.
The November 8 card featured Jesus Soto Karass defeating Neeco Macias by majority decision (97-93, 96-94, 95-95) on ESPN2. The fight didn’t just deliver on its promise of in-ring fireworks and non-stop action, it broke numerous punching records.
For starters, the fight broke a record of most punches thrown in a fight with 3,353 total shots being thrown throughout the 10 rounds. Soto Karass, also shattered the all-time record for punches thrown by a fighter set by Antonio Margarito. Margarito set the Compubox all-time record of 1,675 total punches thrown in a fight when he defeated Joshua Clottey in 2009
As for the individual punching stats, Macias landed 612 of 1,505 total punches (41 percent) while Soto Karass connected on 507 of his 1,848 punches (28 percent). But even with the ludicrously high punching numbers, perhaps the most staggering number is the fact that a total of just 28 jabs were thrown throughout the 30 minutes of action and only two of those jabs actually connected, according to CompuBox.
The fight spoiled Macias' undefeated record, putting his record now at 17-1. The win is a potential send-off for Soto Karass, who said he would retire after this fight as retirement had been something he has been mulling over for a year. This was Soto Karass' first win since 2013, ending a six-fight winless streak that saw him lose to Keith Thurman, Yoshihiro Kamegai and Devon Alexander.
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