By Derek Bonnett at The Garden
Former 115-pound champion Carlos Cuadras took on former title challenger David Carmona at Madison Square underneath Roman Gonzalez and Gennady Golovkin. Cuadras, in fact, had not fought since his decision loss to Gonzalez in September 2016. The two contenders squared off in a super flyweight bout devised to keep Cuadras as a viable rematch challenger for Gonzalez.
Cuadras and Carmona started off quickly, exchanging looping hooks around the ring. Carmona settled down to some smart boxing and used his to evade Cuadras. Cuadras did pound the body with a couple of hooks at the end of the first to put a stutter in his step. Carmon found a home for his overhand right behind the jab. Cuadras ate a huge left hook coming in recklessly. Cuadras pursued a big left hook instead of working it naturally. Carmona circled to the left to avoid Cuadras’ power punches. Cuadras jabbed, but not finding any other meaningful work as Carmona beats him to the punch. Cuadras missed with big hook that had plenty of bad intentions on it. Cuadras landed his own overhand round to start the final minute of the third. Carmona clipped Cuadras at the end of the round with a right hand. Carmona boxing wisely in the fourth. Both connect with hard hooks and knock each other back. Cuadras doing more to force the action, but Carmona counters capably. Carmona’s jab proving very reliable as he tags Cuadras and then left him swatting at air.
Cuadras landed better to start the fifth, but Carmona took the rhythm back with a tight uppercut to the body of Cuadras. Carmona moved well at the waist to avoid shots from his foe. Cuadras absorbed a few more shots to the body near the end of the round. Cuadras stepped up his work rate, but was met by Carmona, who seemingly elevated his game while Cuadras focused on a Gonzalez rematch. Carmona hurt Cuadras to the body, but sullied his work by landing low, prompting a break in the action in round seven. Carmona increased his attention to the body and had Cudaras covering up. Carmona bled high up on his head and Cuadras looking to be heaving heavily at the end of the round. Carmona boxing with savvy and landing the harder punches on Cuadras. Carmona was warned for a low blow in the eighth. Good combos by Carmona to stay in control of the action. Cuadras cut over left eye. 79-74 Carmona Cuadras pumping the jab to start the ninth. Overhand right by Carmona tagged Cuadras high on the head. Carmona remaining composed while Cuadras flails wide shots off-target. Cuadras started the tenth with a sense of urgency and let his hands go. He punched in better combination than in any other round prior. Carmona came on late in the round, but the former champion looked to take the final frame. However, SecondsOut saw Carmona the overall winner 97-93.
The official judges saw the contest 97-93 twice and 96-94 for Cuadras. The crowd at the Garden booed the decision. Cuadras’ dossier climbed to 36-1-1 (27). Carmona dipped to 20-4-5 (8).