Daniel Lozano was not about to let an opportunity to avenge an earlier loss in his career pass by. Especially if it was to be televised.
On one day's notice, Lozano did avenge that loss, stopping former world junior bantamweight contender David Carmona in the second round late Friday night at the Osceola Heritage Center in Kissimmee, Florida.
Lozano improves to 14-4, with 11 knockouts. Carmona has now lost his last three fights and drops to 20-5-5, with 8 KOs.
Carmona was originally scheduled to face unbeaten Jose Martinez of Puerto Rico, but Carmona weighed 119 pounds at Thursday's weigh-in, four pounds more than the contracted weight of 115 pounds. Attempts were reportedly made by Carmona to lose the weight, but Martinez was advised by his promoter, Miguel Cotto, to not take the fight.
Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. made calls, finally securing Lozano as an opponent. Lozano reportedly had a fight lined up this past Wednesday in the Dominican Republic, but the fight fell through.
Friday's bout between Carmona and Lozano was a rematch from their March 2015 clash, a fight Carmona won by unanimous decision.
Carmona entered Friday's clash having lost back-to-back decisions to Naoya Inoue and Carlos Cuadras, which took place on Mar. 18. Lozano, who weighed 122 pounds at Thursday's weigh-in, had not fought since losing by decision to David Quijano in October of 2015.
After an opening round where few punches were thrown, both fighters began to let their hands go during the second round. With about a minute left in the round, Carmona was dropped by a lead left hook by Lozano. Carmona did beat the count, but was dropped a second time, this time by a left right to the head. Referee Frank Santore, Jr. began to administer a count, but waved the fight off at 2:33.
"I came in as a replacement, but I felt strong," said Lozano after the fight. "Last time we fought, I felt like I had drained myself to make that weight. I feel stronger fighting at 118, 122 pounds."
Featherweight Jean Carlos Rivera (12-0, with 7 KOs) remained unbeaten, stopping veteran Juan Carlos Benavides in the third round.
The Top Rank prospect dropped Benavides (7-10-3, with 1 KO) once in round one and twice more in round three before referee Emil Lombardi stopped the fight at 1:48 of the third round.
Junior lightweight Henry Lebron (3-0, with 3 KOs), who is also promoted by Top Rank, knocked out Oscar Quezada (5-4, with 2 KOs) with a left hand to the body at 2:19 of the opening round.
Middleweight Manny Woods (16-6-1, with 6 KOs) stopped Danny Pastrana (6-4, with 1 KO) at 1:38 of the second round.
In an action-filled bout between featherweights making their pro debut, Edgar Figueroa dropped Kervin Gonzalez early in round one to win a unanimous decision over four rounds. Scores were 39-36, 39-36, and 38-37 for Figueroa.
Junior middleweight Noe Lozano won a four round split decision over Daruma Almenarez (1-2, with 1 KO). One judge scored the bout 39-37 for Almenarez, while the other two judges scored the bout 39-37 for Lozano, who goes to 2-1.
Francisco A. Salazar has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, RingTV, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing