Carlos Zarate vs. Paul Ferreri

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Carlos Zarate 118 lbs beat Paul Ferreri 117 lbs by TKO at 2:44 in round 12 of 15

Ferrari was stopped on a cut over his left eye. Though there were no knockdowns scored by Zarate, he was winning handily.

  • Zarate's purse: $52,000
  • Ferrari's purse: $10,000

Source: Los Angeles Times

"Unbeaten Carlos Zarate of Mexico City, going more than 10 rounds for the first time in his career, defended his WBC bantamweight title for the initial time Saturday night by scoring a TKO over Australian Paul Ferreri in the 12th round of a scheduled 15 rounder. Referee Richard Steele stopped the fight at 2:44 of the 12th because of a cut over Ferreri's left eye. Zarate opened the cut in the 8th round. Steele halted the action to examine the cut but let the fight continue. The Mexican reopened the cut in the 9th but Ferreri managed to elude him until the 12th when the laceration began to bleed again. Ferreri did not go down under Zarate's relentless attack. Zarate continually hammered at Ferreri's body after feeling out his opponent in the 1st round. Zarate landed his best punch of the fight in the 5th round when he staggered the Australian with a right to the body." -United Press International

  • Gate - $135,000
  • Attendance - 10,826

Post fight comments

  • "This was a very difficult fight. Ferreri was very elusive. I thought I had him many times but he was always able to escape. I did prepare for a 15 round fight and I guess going 12 was a good experience." -Carlos Zarate
  • "I could have kept fighting. I wasn't that tired. But Zarate is a very good fighter and he's the hardest puncher I've ever faced. He hurt me several times but I was able to shake it off." -Paul Ferreri
  • "When the cut started to bleed and he wasn't showing too much, I decided to stop it." -Referee Richard Steele on the stoppage.