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Jesus Soto Karass: Old-School Tough Guy

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By Bill Tibbs


When Jesus Soto Karass enters the ring on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, he will venture into difficult but familiar territory. The North Hollywood, California resident will face off against former world champion Devon Alexander in a fight that is his third straight tough outing in a career of tough outings. His last two bouts saw him tangling with former world champion Andre Berto in July of last year before he closed out the year against tough, undefeated Keith “One Time” Thurman in a shot at the World Boxing Association (WBA) interim world welterweight title.
 
After those back-to-back wars against Berto and Thurman, an easier day at the office would be in order. But that isn’t who Jesus is. He has made a career of stepping in and stepping up and this fight is no different.

Soto Karass turned pro 13 years ago and has faced Marcos Maidana, Mike Jones, Alfonso Gomez, David Estrada, Yuri Foreman and Vince Phillips in an impressive career that sports a very impressive roster of competition. And as Alexander looks to get back in title contention, after losing his International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight title to Shawn “Showtime” Porter in December of last year, Jesus once again gets the call. As a full-time fighter, it is how the bills get paid at Casa Karass. But he never fights like a guy simply showing up to collect a pay cheque and live to fight another day. He might not be the guy who will be fighting for a title anytime soon but he fights like every fight is for a strap.
 
Just two fights ago, Karass was brought in as the tough-but-beatable test for former world champion Andre Berto. Jesus delivered a career-best, highlight performance stopping Berto in the 12th and final round to score the upset along with capturing the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) welterweight title.
 
On Saturday night, if all goes according to the planned script, Karass will deliver a tough, game effort that sees him doing just enough to lose. He will add another impressive name to his résumé and Alexander will head off in search of a title shot. But Karass has made a career of refusing to follow the script and I doubt he plans to change that profile.
 
Win, lose or draw, Jesus is a “fighter’s fighter,” an old-school tough guy if there ever was one. Alexander may get the win but he better pack a lunch bucket to do so because Karass is planning on clocking in for a full shift.
 
Questions and comments can be sent to Bill Tibbs at hwtibbs@shaw.ca.
 
 
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