Carlos Zárate Serna
|Real name||Carlos Zárate Serna|
|Rated at||Super Featherweight
|Height||5 ft 9 in (178 cm)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
May 23, 1951 |
Tepito, Distrito Federal, Mexico
|Wins by KO||63|
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. He is also the father of undeafeated Light Welterweight prospect Carlos Zárate, Jr.
Carlos Zárate has family members who have followed him into boxing, his son is the Light Welterweight prospect Carlos Zárate, Jr. His nephew also challenged for a world titles and was the former WBO Latino Super Flyweight champion, Mexican Joel Luna Zárate.
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.
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
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.
WBA Bantamweight championship
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
He had a record of 66 wins and 4 losses as a professional boxer, with 63 wins by knockout.
|66 Wins (63 knockouts, 3 decisions), 4 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Loss||66-4||Daniel Zaragoza||TKO||10 (12)||1988-02-29||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States||For Vacant WBC World super bantamweight title|
|Loss||66-3||Jeff Fenech||TD||4 (12)||1987-10-16||Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||For WBC World super bantamweight title|
|Win||66-2||Richard Savage||TKO||5 (10)||1987-08-15||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||65-2||Tony Montoya||TKO||3 (10)||1987-06-19||Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||64-2||John Boyd||TKO||5 (10)||1987-05-05||Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||63-2||Francis Childs||KO||4 (10)||1987-02-20||Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||62-2||Alex Galvan||TKO||7 (10)||1986-12-13||Convention Center, Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||61-2||Edward Rodriquez||TKO||3 (10)||1986-11-21||Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||60-2||Gerardo Esparza||KO||5 (8)||1986-09-13||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|Win||59-2||Alejandro Garcia||KO||2 (10)||1986-07-19||Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|Win||58-2||Jesus Muniz||UD||10||1986-05-23||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||57-2||Hector Napoles||KO||2 (8)||1986-05-05||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||56-2||Jose De La Dora||KO||3 (6)||1986-04-12||Zacapu, Michoacán, Mexico|
|Win||55-2||Adam Garcia||MD||4||1986-02-25||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Loss||54-2||Lupe Pintor||SD||15||1979-06-03||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost WBC World bantamweight title|
|Win||54-1||Celso Chairez||TKO||5 (10)||1979-05-01||Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||53-1||John Mensah Kpalongo||KO||3 (15)||1979-03-10||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States||Retained WBC World bantamweight title|
|Loss||52-1||Wilfredo Gomez||TKO||5 (15)||1978-10-28||Roberto Clemente Coliseum, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico||For WBC World super bantamweight title|
|Win||52-0||Rudy Gonzalez||TKO||4 (10)||1978-09-30||Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico|
|Win||51-0||Emilio Hernandez||KO||4 (15)||1978-06-09||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained WBC World bantamweight title|
|Win||50-0||Andres Hernandez||TKO||13 (15)||1978-04-22||Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Retained WBC World bantamweight title|
|Win||49-0||Alberto Davila||TKO||8 (15)||1978-02-25||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States||Retained WBC World bantamweight title|
|Win||48-0||Juan Francisco Rodriguez||TKO||5 (15)||1977-12-02||Palacio de los Deportes, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain||Retained WBC World bantamweight title|
|Win||47-0||Danilo Batista||KO||6 (15)||1977-10-29||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States||Retained WBC World bantamweight title|
|Win||46-0||Alfonso Zamora||TKO||4 (15)||1977-04-23||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||45-0||Fernando Cabanela||TKO||3 (15)||1977-02-05||Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained WBC World bantamweight title|
|Win||44-0||Waruinge Nakayama||KO||4 (15)||1976-11-13||Estadio General Angel Flores, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico||Retained WBC World bantamweight title|
|Win||43-0||Paul Ferreri||TKO||12 (15)||1976-08-28||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States||Retained WBC World bantamweight title|
|Win||42-0||Antonio Paredes||TKO||2 (10)||1976-08-02||Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|Win||41-0||Felix Llanos||KO||2 (10)||1976-06-26||Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||40-0||Rodolfo Martinez||KO||9 (15)||1976-05-08||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States||Won WBC World bantamweight title|
|Win||39-0||Cesar Deciga||TKO||4 (10)||1976-03-27||Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico|
|Win||38-0||Nestor Jimenez||KO||2 (10)||1975-12-07||Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||37-0||Jorge Torres||TKO||8 (10)||1975-10-11||Auditorio Benito Juarez, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|Win||36-0||Benicio Segundo Sosa||TKO||4 (10)||1975-09-20||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||35-0||Jose Sanchez||TKO||3 (8)||1975-08-16||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||34-0||Orlando Amores||KO||3 (10)||1975-06-20||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||33-0||Joe Guevara||RTD||3 (12)||1975-03-14||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States||Won USA California State bantamweight title|
|Win||32-0||Alberto Cabanig||TKO||4 (10)||1975-02-04||Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico|
|Win||31-0||James Martinez||TKO||7 (10)||1974-11-23||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||30-0||Francisco Cruz||TKO||2 (10)||1974-10-27||Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||29-0||Magallo Lozada||TKO||5 (10)||1974-08-03||Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||28-0||Juan Ordonez||KO||3 (10)||1974-05-25||Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||27-0||Chamaco Limon||KO||3 (10)||1974-05-03||Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico|
|Win||26-0||Alfonso Ibarra||KO||2 (10)||1974-04-09||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||25-0||Carlos Armenta||KO||1 (10)||1974-02-22||Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico|
|Win||24-0||Victor Ramirez||UD||10||1974-01-30||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||23-0||Sixto Perez||KO||2 (8)||1973-12-11||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||22-0||Eduardo Miranda||KO||5 (10)||1973-11-01||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||21-0||Antonio Castaneda||TKO||9 (10)||1973-10-02||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||20-0||Alberto Torres||TKO||5 (10)||1973-08-21||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||19-0||Francisco Pino||KO||2 (10)||1973-07-12||Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico|
|Win||18-0||Juan Ramon Perez||KO||2 (10)||1973-06-02||La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico|
|Win||17-0||Juan Ramon Perez||KO||2 (8)||1972-12-03||La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico|
|Win||16-0||Armando Carrasco||KO||2 (8)||1972-10-31||Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico|
|Win||15-0||Arturo Patino||KO||2 (8)||1972-10-08||Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas, Mexico|
|Win||14-0||Jesus Escobedo||KO||2 (8)||1972-08-19||Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico|
|Win||13-0||Jose Luis Morales||TKO||2 (8)||1972-03-19||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||12-0||Jose Gonzalez||KO||2 (8)||1972-02-07||Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico|
|Win||11-0||Emiliano Mayoral||TKO||3 (8)||1972-01-28||Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico|
|Win||10-0||Victor Nava||KO||3 (8)||1971-11-26||Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico|
|Win||9-0||Julio Martinez||KO||2 (8)||1971-08-07||Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico|
|Win||8-0||Ramon Pinedo||KO||2 (6)||1971-05-05||Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico|
|Win||7-0||Fermin Ramos||KO||2 (6)||1971-03-20||Toluca, Mexico State, Mexico|
|Win||6-0||Antonio Lucas||KO||3 (6)||1971-02-15||Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico|
|Win||5-0||Alfredo Perez||KO||2 (6)||1970-12-18||Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico|
|Win||4-0||Nuno Temix||TKO||3 (6)||1970-11-17||Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico|
|Win||3-0||Costenito Sotelo||KO||2 (4)||1970-04-01||Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico|
|Win||2-0||Jose Pavon||KO||1 (4)||1970-03-02||Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico|
|Win||1-0||Luis Castaneda||KO||3 (4)||1970-02-02||Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico||professional debut.|
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|WBC Bantamweight Champion
8 May 1976– 3 Jun 1979
|Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year