Carlos Zárate Serna

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Carlos Zárate
Statistics
Real name Carlos Zárate Serna
Nickname(s) Cañas
Rated at Super Featherweight
Featherweight
Super Bantamweight
Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (178 cm)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality Mexico Mexican
Born (1951-05-23) May 23, 1951 (age 63)
Tepito, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 70
Wins 66
Wins by KO 63
Losses 4
Draws 0
No contests 0

Carlos Zárate Serna (born May 23, 1951 in Tepito, Distrito Federal, Mexico) is a former Mexican boxer, who was better known in the world of boxing as Carlos Zarate. He has the distinction of being the first boxer in history to put together two streaks of 20 or more knockout wins in a row (later on Edwin Valero, Ali Raymi and Deontay Wilder also accomplished this). He was ranked #21 in The Ring's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.[1] He is also the father of undeafeated Light Welterweight prospect Carlos Zárate, Jr.[2]

Zarate was voted as the #1 bantamweight (along with Ruben Olivares) of the 20th century by the Associated Press in 1999.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Carlos Zárate has family members who have followed him into boxing, his son is the Light Welterweight prospect Carlos Zárate, Jr.[2] His nephew also challenged for a world titles and was the former WBO Latino Super Flyweight champion, Mexican Joel Luna Zárate.[4]

Amateur career[edit]

Zarate, considered along with rival Wilfredo Gómez to be among the better punchers of the lighter divisions, had an amateur record of 33 wins and 3 losses, with 30 knockout wins, and he won the Mexican Golden Gloves, or Guantes De Oro, in 1969.[5]

Professional career[edit]

In 1970, Carlos made his professional debut with a 2 round knockout win over Luis Castaneda in Cuernavaca. That marked the beginning of a 23 fight knockout winning streak. The only boxers to get past the third round during that streak were Al Torres and Antonio Cataneda, who lasted 5 and 9 rounds respectively, both at Tijuana. Victor Ramirez became the first boxer to last the distance with Zarate when Zarate beat him on points in January 1974 in Mexico City over ten rounds. Next began his second 20 plus knockout wins in a row streak, when none of his next 28 opponents heard the final bell on their feet.

WBC Bantamweight championship[edit]

After knocking out former world title challenger Nestor Jimenez in two rounds at Mexicali to end 1975, the WBC made Zarate their number one challenger at the Bantamweight division. So, after beating Cesar Desiga by a knockout in four on March 29, 1976 in Monterrey, Zarate was faced on the night of May 8 of that year with defending WBC Bantamweight Champion Rodolfo Martínez in Los Angeles. Zarate became a world Bantamweight champion by knocking his countryman out in the eighth round. Zarate next won two fights by a knockout in the second and then defended it against Paul Ferreri, who lost by knockout in 12 in Los Angeles too. He finished '76 with a four round knockout over Waruinge Nakayama in a title defense held at Culiacán.[6]

WBA Bantamweight championship[edit]

After beginning 1977 with a third round knockout win over Colombia's Fernando Cabanela in Mexico City, Mexican boxing fans started talking about a possible unification bout between him and fellow Mexican Alfonso Zamora, the WBA's world Bantamweight champion. Nicknamed by the American boxing press as The Z Boys, the two did square off, but not before much hassle and hurdle putting by both the WBC and WBA, who wanted both boxers to pay a large amount of money before sanctioning the bout. So, the California state boxing commission decided to sanction it as a ten round, non title bout instead. Fans didn't seem to care that no world title belt would be involved that afternoon, and they packed the fight venue when Zarate and Zamora met in the LA suburb of Inglewood, California, at the Fabulous Forum on April 23 of '77. Zarate made the tactical mistake of going toe to toe with a shorter but harder hitting puncher. Zarate got tagged repeatedly and then a man wearing gray hooded sweat shirt and sweat pants entered the ring. The fight was stopped and thereafter, Zarate managed to stay away from Zamora. The fight was stopped, it took the police minutes to evict the intruder. After a first round, Zarate the better boxer, with a reach advantage stayed away and outboxed Zamora wearing him down then knocking him out in four to gain recognition by most boxing fans as the undisputed world champion of the Bantamweights. Then, he retained the WBC title with a knockout in six over Danilo Batista, and finished 1977 with a trip to Spain, where he retained the belt against challenger Juan Francisco Rodriguez, beaten in five.[7]

In 1978, Zarate started out by meeting future world champion Alberto Davila, whom he knocked out in eight at Los Angeles to retain his belt. Then, in April of that year, he made his first of two trips to Puerto Rico that year, to fight challenger Andres Hernandez, who lasted until the 13th. round at San Juan's Roberto Clemente coliseum.

Zárate vs. Gómez[edit]

After retaining the title against Emilio Hernandez by a knockout in four and winning a non title bout, Zarate announced he was moving up in weight and challenging the WBC Super Bantamweight champion, Wilfredo Gómez. According to many experts and the Ring Magazine book The Ring: Boxing In The 20th Century, Gómez and Zárate had the highest knockout win percentage of any two boxers paired inside a ring in history: When Gómez and Zarate met on October 28, also at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, the challenger and still world Bantamweight champion Zarate was 55-0 with 54 knockouts, while defending world Super Bantamweight champion Gómez was 21-0-1 with 21 knockouts. Zarate went to the floor four times and tasted the sour taste of defeat for the first time in his career when he was beaten by a knockout in five rounds.

Return to Bantamweight[edit]

In 1979, Zarate made what would turn out to be his last successful defense, with a third round knockout win over Mensah Kpalongo in Los Angeles. After winning a non title bout against Celso Chavez by a knockout in five in Houston, Texas, Zarate met gym-mate Lupe Pintor in Las Vegas and lost a close and controversial 15 round decision. Enraged by losing a decision he (as well as many fans) thought undeserved, he announced his retirement from boxing and vowed never to fight as a professional again.

Five year retirement[edit]

Zarate spent five years in retirement, but the temptation of the public adulation boxers receive when they become champions and the aroma of the boxing ring led him back into competition as a boxer. Despite still retaining an acceptable amount of his boxing ability, Zarate was nonetheless, a shadow of what he was before his 5-year retirement. In his return bout in 1986 against Adam Garcia, he won a four round decision. 11 more victories in a row, all by knockout, including one over then number one world Super Bantamweight challenger Richard Savage (knocked out by Zarate in five in Mexico City), made him the WBC's number one challenger at the Super Bantamweight division once again.[8]

And so, on October 1987, he travelled to Australia to meet the man boxing fans consider to be the greatest Australian world champion of all time: Jeff Fenech. In a fight contested for Fenech's world Super Bantamweight title, Zarate lost by a four round technical decision. After Fenech vacated the title soon after to pursue the world Featherweight crown, Zarate and countryman Daniel Zaragoza met for the vacant world championship belt, but Zarate came back on the losing end once again, being knocked out in the tenth round and finally announcing his retirement for good.

During the 1990s he also became a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame, and recently, he and Wilfredo Gómez met at a boxing undercard in Puerto Rico to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their boxing bout.[9]

He had a record of 66 wins and 4 losses as a professional boxer, with 63 wins by knockout.

Professional Record[edit]

66 Wins (63 knockouts, 3 decisions), 4 Losses, 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 66-4 Mexico Daniel Zaragoza TKO 10 (12) 1988-02-29 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States For Vacant WBC World super bantamweight title
Loss 66-3 Australia Jeff Fenech TD 4 (12) 1987-10-16 Australia Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia For WBC World super bantamweight title
Win 66-2 United States Richard Savage TKO 5 (10) 1987-08-15 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 65-2 United States Tony Montoya TKO 3 (10) 1987-06-19 United States Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, United States
Win 64-2 United States John Boyd TKO 5 (10) 1987-05-05 United States Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 63-2 United States Francis Childs KO 4 (10) 1987-02-20 United States Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, United States
Win 62-2 United States Alex Galvan TKO 7 (10) 1986-12-13 United States Convention Center, Fresno, California, United States
Win 61-2 United States Edward Rodriquez TKO 3 (10) 1986-11-21 United States Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, United States
Win 60-2 Mexico Gerardo Esparza KO 5 (8) 1986-09-13 Mexico Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Win 59-2 Mexico Alejandro Garcia KO 2 (10) 1986-07-19 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Win 58-2 Mexico Jesus Muniz UD 10 1986-05-23 United States Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 57-2 Mexico Hector Napoles KO 2 (8) 1986-05-05 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 56-2 United States Jose De La Dora KO 3 (6) 1986-04-12 Mexico Zacapu, Michoacán, Mexico
Win 55-2 United States Adam Garcia MD 4 1986-02-25 United States Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Loss 54-2 Mexico Lupe Pintor SD 15 1979-06-03 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WBC World bantamweight title
Win 54-1 Mexico Celso Chairez TKO 5 (10) 1979-05-01 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, United States
Win 53-1 Togo John Mensah Kpalongo KO 3 (15) 1979-03-10 United States Forum, Inglewood, California, United States Retained WBC World bantamweight title
Loss 52-1 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Gomez TKO 5 (15) 1978-10-28 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico For WBC World super bantamweight title
Win 52-0 Mexico Rudy Gonzalez TKO 4 (10) 1978-09-30 Mexico Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Win 51-0 Dominican Republic Emilio Hernandez KO 4 (15) 1978-06-09 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC World bantamweight title
Win 50-0 Puerto Rico Andres Hernandez TKO 13 (15) 1978-04-22 Puerto Rico Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico Retained WBC World bantamweight title
Win 49-0 United States Alberto Davila TKO 8 (15) 1978-02-25 United States Forum, Inglewood, California, United States Retained WBC World bantamweight title
Win 48-0 Spain Juan Francisco Rodriguez TKO 5 (15) 1977-12-02 Spain Palacio de los Deportes, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain Retained WBC World bantamweight title
Win 47-0 Brazil Danilo Batista KO 6 (15) 1977-10-29 United States Forum, Inglewood, California, United States Retained WBC World bantamweight title
Win 46-0 Mexico Alfonso Zamora TKO 4 (15) 1977-04-23 United States Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win 45-0 Philippines Fernando Cabanela TKO 3 (15) 1977-02-05 Mexico Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained WBC World bantamweight title
Win 44-0 Japan Waruinge Nakayama KO 4 (15) 1976-11-13 Mexico Estadio General Angel Flores, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico Retained WBC World bantamweight title
Win 43-0 Australia Paul Ferreri TKO 12 (15) 1976-08-28 United States Forum, Inglewood, California, United States Retained WBC World bantamweight title
Win 42-0 Mexico Antonio Paredes TKO 2 (10) 1976-08-02 Mexico Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
Win 41-0 Puerto Rico Felix Llanos KO 2 (10) 1976-06-26 Mexico Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Win 40-0 Mexico Rodolfo Martinez KO 9 (15) 1976-05-08 United States Forum, Inglewood, California, United States Won WBC World bantamweight title
Win 39-0 Mexico Cesar Deciga TKO 4 (10) 1976-03-27 Mexico Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Win 38-0 Colombia Nestor Jimenez KO 2 (10) 1975-12-07 Mexico Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Win 37-0 Mexico Jorge Torres TKO 8 (10) 1975-10-11 Mexico Auditorio Benito Juarez, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Win 36-0 Argentina Benicio Segundo Sosa TKO 4 (10) 1975-09-20 United States Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win 35-0 Mexico Jose Sanchez TKO 3 (8) 1975-08-16 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 34-0 Panama Orlando Amores KO 3 (10) 1975-06-20 United States Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win 33-0 United States Joe Guevara RTD 3 (12) 1975-03-14 United States Forum, Inglewood, California, United States Won USA California State bantamweight title
Win 32-0 Philippines Alberto Cabanig TKO 4 (10) 1975-02-04 Mexico Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Win 31-0 United States James Martinez TKO 7 (10) 1974-11-23 United States Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win 30-0 Puerto Rico Francisco Cruz TKO 2 (10) 1974-10-27 Mexico Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Win 29-0 Mexico Magallo Lozada TKO 5 (10) 1974-08-03 Mexico Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 28-0 Mexico Juan Ordonez KO 3 (10) 1974-05-25 Mexico Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 27-0 Mexico Chamaco Limon KO 3 (10) 1974-05-03 Mexico Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Win 26-0 Mexico Alfonso Ibarra KO 2 (10) 1974-04-09 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 25-0 Mexico Carlos Armenta KO 1 (10) 1974-02-22 Mexico Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Win 24-0 Mexico Victor Ramirez UD 10 1974-01-30 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 23-0 Mexico Sixto Perez KO 2 (8) 1973-12-11 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 22-0 Mexico Eduardo Miranda KO 5 (10) 1973-11-01 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 21-0 Mexico Antonio Castaneda TKO 9 (10) 1973-10-02 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 20-0 Mexico Alberto Torres TKO 5 (10) 1973-08-21 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 19-0 Mexico Francisco Pino KO 2 (10) 1973-07-12 Mexico Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Win 18-0 Mexico Juan Ramon Perez KO 2 (10) 1973-06-02 Mexico La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Win 17-0 Mexico Juan Ramon Perez KO 2 (8) 1972-12-03 Mexico La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Win 16-0 Mexico Armando Carrasco KO 2 (8) 1972-10-31 Mexico Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
Win 15-0 Mexico Arturo Patino KO 2 (8) 1972-10-08 Mexico Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Win 14-0 Mexico Jesus Escobedo KO 2 (8) 1972-08-19 Mexico Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Win 13-0 Mexico Jose Luis Morales TKO 2 (8) 1972-03-19 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 12-0 United States Jose Gonzalez KO 2 (8) 1972-02-07 Mexico Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Win 11-0 Mexico Emiliano Mayoral TKO 3 (8) 1972-01-28 Mexico Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
Win 10-0 Mexico Victor Nava KO 3 (8) 1971-11-26 Mexico Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
Win 9-0 Mexico Julio Martinez KO 2 (8) 1971-08-07 Mexico Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
Win 8-0 Mexico Ramon Pinedo KO 2 (6) 1971-05-05 Mexico Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Win 7-0 Mexico Fermin Ramos KO 2 (6) 1971-03-20 Mexico Toluca, Mexico State, Mexico
Win 6-0 Mexico Antonio Lucas KO 3 (6) 1971-02-15 Mexico Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Win 5-0 Mexico Alfredo Perez KO 2 (6) 1970-12-18 Mexico Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
Win 4-0 United States Nuno Temix TKO 3 (6) 1970-11-17 Mexico Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
Win 3-0 Mexico Costenito Sotelo KO 2 (4) 1970-04-01 Mexico Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
Win 2-0 Mexico Jose Pavon KO 1 (4) 1970-03-02 Mexico Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Win 1-0 Mexico Luis Castaneda KO 3 (4) 1970-02-02 Mexico Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico professional debut.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Rodolfo Martínez
WBC Bantamweight Champion
8 May 1976– 3 Jun 1979
Succeeded by
Lupe Pintor
Preceded by
George Foreman
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1977
Succeeded by
Muhammad Ali