Tito Mercado Scores First Round Knockout In Ontario, California

08/30/2023 - No comments

Tito Mercado, touted as one of boxing’s premier international prospects, delivered a jaw-dropping first-round knockout against Carlos Manuel Portillo from Asuncion, Paraguay. The explosive bout unfolded on Saturday night, captivating a packed house at Ontario, California’s Lumcolor ‘Phoenix Center.’

Mercado, a Pomona native boasting an unblemished 12-0 record with 11 KOs, unleashed his power right out of the gate. Using his jab as a piston, Mercado floored Portillo with a bone-crushing left hook in the bout’s early moments. Not resting on his laurels, Mercado sent Portillo back to the canvas with a sledgehammer right to the cranium. Referee Thomas Taylor had seen enough, declaring Mercado the undisputed victor at just 1:36 into what was slated to be a ten-round junior welterweight showdown.

“Everything we drilled in the gym came together tonight,” beamed an elated Mercado post-fight. “I’m chomping at the bit to take on the big fish in the division; whether it’s Arnold Barboza or Jose Ramirez, bring them on. And as for William Zepeda, if he’s game, I’m ready to step into the ring with him this instant.”

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Adding to the jubilance of his triumph, the 21-year-old Mercado remarked, “There’s nothing like the rush of fighting in my hometown, feeling the energy from my family and supporters in the stands. I aim to give every fan their money’s worth, every time they see me lace up my gloves.”

The event was an offering from Fight City Promotions and was live-streamed to a global audience via their YouTube channel.

Fans should keep their ears to the ground as details regarding Mercado’s next bout are expected to be released shortly.

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