Carlos Castro (27-0, 12 KOs) made a successful Premier Boxing Champions debut with a a 10th round knockout victory over Oscar Escandon on Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas undercard on Saturday night.
The heavily favoured Undefeated featherweight contender had to fight through trouble in the opening rounds before dropping the hard hitting Columbian Escandon in the seventh and 10th round en route to a 10th round stoppage victory on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena.
The referee Celestino Ruis was forced to stop the fight after Castro sent Escandon to a knee early in the 10th round. The fight was stopped at exactly 1:08 of the 10th round.
The fight ending sequence started out, when Castro wobbled Escandon early in the 10th round and then, unloaded a flurry of punches on the then vulnerable Escandon, forcing him down to the canvas with his gloves and knees. Escandon made it back to his feet but voluntarily went back down to his knees, prompting the referee to end the fight.
Castro and Escandon were initially scheduled to collide next week in a three fight telecast that should features former WBC middleweight champion David Benavidez at the Footprint Center in Phoenix but the latter got COVID and pulled out if the fight causing the cancellation of the event indefinitely.
Castro – Escandon was to be the Showtime telecast opener for that event but after the postponement, the fight got lucky a day later and got shifted downs a week to the Pacquiao vs Ugas card, where it served as the Pay-Per-View opener.
The movement of the fight was due to the fact that Yordenis Ugas, who was initially scheduled to feature in the Undercard was promoted to the main event spot leaving room for one more fight.