Jesús Soto Karass

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Soto and the second or maternal family name is Karass.
Jesús Soto Karass
Real name Jesús Soto Karass

El Renuente

"The Reluctant"
Rated at Light Middleweight
Height 5 ft 11 in (182 cm)
Reach 74 in (189 cm)
Nationality Mexico Mexican
Born (1982-10-15) October 15, 1982 (age 32)
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 42
Wins 28
Wins by KO 18
Losses 10
Draws 3
No contests 1

Jesús Soto Karass (born October 15, 1982 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico) is a Mexican boxer in the Welterweight division. He is the former WBC Continental Americas and the NABF Welterweight Champion.[1] Jesús is the younger brother of boxer José Luis Soto Karass.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Jesús has a brother who is also a boxer, José Luis Soto Karass.[3]

Pro career[edit]

Soto Karass holds wins over Michel Rosales, Saúl Román, Carson Jones, Vince Phillips, and David Estrada. He is signed to Bob Arum's Top Rank.[4] His fight with Gabriel Martínez was ruled a No Contest after an unintentional headbutt.[5]

Soto Karass vs. Jones I&II[edit]

Jesús lost to Mike Jones on the undercard of Margarito vs. Pacquiao in Dallas on November 13, 2010. This fight was a huge controversy after the fight when the decision was ruled in favor of Mike Jones after a hard fought battle which saw Mike Jones become exhausted after the second round due to an attempt at finishing the fight. A rematch for this fight happened on February 19, 2011, with Karass losing a convincing fight holding his side.[6]


After a four fight losing streak capped by a 5th round TKO by Gabriel Rosado Karass came back on May 26, 2012 and won a split decision against Said El Harrak. He followed this up with a 5th round TKO of fellow contender Euri Gonzalez.

Karass vs Maidana[edit]

On September 15th 2012, Karass was matched against Marcos Maidana, a former contender at 140 who was looking to mend his career after a shutout loss to Devon Alexander in his welterweight debut. Karass started off the bout strongly, as Maidana's much vaunted power appeared to have minimal effect on the far larger former junior middleweight contender. Despite his initial success, eventually one of Maidana's shots landed true and dropped Karass hard. The referee stopped the bout so as to prevent a visibly hurt Karass from taking more punishment.

Karass vs. Berto[edit]

Following his grueling loss to Maidana, Karass achieved a win over former Turkish contender Selcuk Aydin. This would set up his biggest fight to date, a match against Andre Berto, a former WBC welterweight champion who had lost two of his last three bouts. The bout was extremely competitive and close, with both fighters having moments throughout the fight. Berto would eventually drop Karass in round eleven, before in a shocking turn of events, Karass would land a beautiful left hook right on Berto's temple. Berto was unable to recover and the referee called off the match, giving Karass his signature win.

Karass vs. Thurman[edit]

High off his win over Berto, Karass faced off against hard hitting Keith Thurman, a rising contender. Thurman completely dominated the fight, mercilessly battering Karass around the ring, including dropping him in the fifth round. By the ninth, the referee had seen enough and stopped a bruised and beaten Karass from absorbing any more punishment.

Karass vs. Alexander[edit]

On June 21st 2014, Karass was paired against Devon Alexander, a former junior welterweight and welterweight champion who had just lost his IBF welterweight title to Akron native Shawn Porter. The bout was an entertaining one, with Alexander keeping his distance while Karass made adjustments and picked up the pace as the rounds went on. Karass would ultimately lose by wide decision, scores that many felt were not representative of the fight.

Professional Record[edit]

28 Wins (18 Knockouts, 10 Decisions), 10 Losses, 3 Draws, 1 No Contest[7]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 28-10-3 United States Devon Alexander UD 10 2014-06-21 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California
Loss 28-9-3 United States Keith Thurman TKO 9 (12) 2013-12-14 United States AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas For Interim WBA Welterweight title.
Win 28-8-3 United States Andre Berto TKO 12 (12) 2013-07-27 United States AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas Won vacant NABF Welterweight title.
Win 27-8-3 Turkey Selçuk Aydın MD 10 2013-01-26 United States Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 26-8-3 Argentina Marcos Maidana TKO 8 (12) 2012-09-15 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada For vacant WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight title.
Win 26-7-3 Dominican Republic Euri González TKO 5 (10) 2012-07-07 United States OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa, California
Win 25-7-3 Morocco Said El Harrak SD 10 2012-05-26 United States Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona
Loss 24-7-3 United States Gabriel Rosado TKO 5 (10) 2012-01-21 United States Asylum Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss 24-6-3 United States Mike Jones UD 12 2011-02-19 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada For NABA, WBO NABO & WBC Continental Americas Welterweight titles.
Loss 24-5-3 United States Mike Jones MD 10 2010-11-13 United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas For NABA, WBO NABO & WBC Continental Americas Welterweight titles.
NC 24-5-3 Mexico Gabriel Martinez NC 2 (10) 2010-05-29 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, Texas
Loss 24-4-3 Mexico Alfonso Gomez TD 6 (10) 2009-11-14 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA For vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.
Win 24-3-3 Brazil Edvan Dos Santos Barros UD 10 2009-08-29 United States Quick Trip Ballpark, Grand Prairie, Texas, USA
Win 23-3-3 United States Carson Jones UD 10 2009-02-06 United States Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California, USA
Win 22-3-3 Cuba Hicklet Lau TKO 2 (10) 2008-11-28 United States Santa Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA
Win 21-3-3 United States David Estrada TKO 8 (12) 2008-07-25 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Won vacant NABF Welterweight title.
Win 20-3-3 Jamaica Chris Smith UD 10 2008-04-11 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA Retained WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.
Win 19-3-3 United States Germaine Sanders UD 10 2008-01-18 United States Jacob Brown Auditorium, Brownsville, Texas, USA
Win 18-3-3 Mexico Juan Manuel Buendia UD 10 2007-11-15 United States Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Win 17-3-3 Mexico Jose Antonio Ojeda TKO 3 (10) 2007-08-17 United States El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas, USA Retained WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.
Draw 16-3-3 United States Gilbert Venegas SD 12 2007-05-25 United States Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA Retained WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.
Win 16-3-2 Mexico Luciano Perez RTD 7 (12) 2006-12-15 United States Grand Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas, USA Retained WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.
Win 15-3-2 Mexico Michel Rosales TKO 11 (12) 2006-10-20 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, USA Retained WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.
Win 14-3-2 United States Vince Phillips RTD 9 (12) 2006-06-02 United States Envy Night Club, Tucson, Arizona, USA Won WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.
Win 13-3-2 Mexico Fernando Mena UD 8 2006-02-18 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 12-3-2 United States Juan Yoani Cervantes UD 6 2005-12-10 United States Activity Center, Maywood, California, USA
Draw 11-3-2 Mexico Manuel Gomez MD 10 2005-05-06 United States Fort McDowell Casino, Fountain Hills, Arizona, USA
Loss 11-3-1 Israel Yuri Foreman UD 8 2005-02-24 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, USA
Loss 11-2-1 Mexico Freddy Hernandez UD 10 2004-07-13 United States Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills, California, USA
Loss 11-1-1 Turkey Nurhan Suleymanoglu UD 12 2004-01-15 United States Arena Theatre, Houston, Texas, USA For vacant WBA Fedecentro Light Middleweight title.
Win 11-0-1 Mexico Oscar Delgado TKO 7 (8) 2003-07-17 United States Grand Arena, City of Industry, California, USA
Win 10-0-1 United States Jaime Morales UD 8 2003-05-05 United States Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Draw 9-0-1 Mexico Cristian Solano MD 10 2003-01-18 Mexico Estadio Emilo Ibarra Almada, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 9-0 Mexico Marco Antonio Garcia TKO 6 (6) 2002-07-19 Mexico Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 8-0 Mexico Saul Roman KO 1 (6) 2002-04-20 Mexico Salon Astroleon, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 7-0 Mexico Eric Rodriguez TKO 6 (6) 2002-02-22 Mexico Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 6-0 Mexico Macial Higuera KO 1 (6) 2001-12-21 Mexico Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 5-0 Mexico Francisco Martinez TKO 1 (6) 2001-12-07 Mexico Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 4-0 Colombia Jose Orozco TKO 4 (4) 2001-11-03 Mexico Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 3-0 Mexico Joel Gonzalez TKO 1 (4) 2001-09-14 Mexico Forum del Mayo, Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico
Win 2-0 Mexico Raymundo Verdugo TKO 1 (4) 2001-08-01 Mexico Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 1-0 Mexico Edgar Inzunza TKO 1 (4) 2001-06-29 Mexico Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico Professional Debut.

Professional Titles[edit]

Awards and achievements
Title last held by
Vince Phillips
WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Champion
June 2, 2006 – December 20, 2008
Title next held by
Orlando Lora
Title last held by
Andre Berto
NABF Welterweight Champion
July 25, 2008 – January 17, 2009
Succeeded by
Saul Alvarez

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