Local draw Carto headlines Philly card tonight

Bantamweight Christian Carto is one of the most promising Philly fighters. Carto seems to have it all, a major ticket seller, a great coach and skills that will allow him to compete at a world-class level.

The 22-year-old bantamweight has stayed incredibly active as in two and a half years, Carto will now be in his eighteenth professional fight. In that time Carto has amassed a record of 17-0 with 11 of his wins coming by way of knockout.

Tonight at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pa, Carto will put his undefeated record on the line against game challenger, Victor Ruiz. Ruiz, a few years back, gave Bruno Escalante, a Northern California fighter a tough bout, and by no means an easy win. Ruiz comes in shape and has talent. On top of that Ruiz is a southpaw.

The bout is what you could call a barometer fight. Carto has passed his tests so far, but Ruiz in a eight-round fight will tell how close Carto is to competing in ten-round bouts, which is close to the highest form of competition in boxing, which is a twelve round bout.

Carto is from a boxing family in which his grandfather and great-uncles fought in the 1930s and 1940s in the featherweight division.

Carto is also trained by famed Philly trainer, Billy Briscoe, who is best known for his work with Gabe Rosado, but is a very underrated trainer, who in my opinion, often gets overlooked, because of his age. Briscoe is always or typically the youngest in the room, and doesn’t get the respect for his ability to teach as his older peers.

For Carto, this bout which will be streamed on Facebook via FightNight Live, this will be a major milestone in terms of where his career goes, and whether he stays on the regional circuit or gets a bout on the world stage.

Philadelphia heavyweight, who is signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports, Darmani Rock (13-0, eight KOs) will be the co-feature as well.

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Lukie Ketelle

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