Boxing

Miami’s Hairon Socarras to take on Jamal Pharman on Saturday at Casino Miami Jai-Alai

 

Special to the Miami Herald

Hairon Socarras is making up for lost time.

For the third consecutive month, Socarras will have a fight in his still-formative boxing career. The Miami resident will face Jamal Pharman of St. Louis in an undercard bout of Saturday night’s show at Casino Miami Jai-Alai.

“We are moving at a fast pace to hopefully conquer a [regional] title later this year and proceed with my career,” Socarras said before a news conference earlier this week. “I am grateful to my management team for keeping me busy.”

Socarras (9-0-1, 6 KOs) defeated Jhon Molina on the undercard of a show at Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena on Nov. 12 and followed it up with a first-round TKO of Carlos Fulgencio on Dec. 14 at Club Scala in downtown Miami.

The suddenly-brisk fight pace contrasts to Socarras’ preceding ring activity.

Socarras, 20, had only one fight in 2012 and two additional bouts early last year. The idle months of fights resulted in obvious unease for the junior-featherweight, who began his career with four consecutive knockout wins in nationally-televised bouts three years ago.

“At one point, I even considered retiring from boxing,” Socarras said. “I became very disappointed with how my career had suddenly stalled. You are in the gym working out and see other fighters get fights. That led to a lot of frustration.

“I was fortunate that the people who always supported me told me to remain patient and things were going to be resolved by little by little. Now, thank God, we are seeing how things are improving with my career.”

A native of Cuba, Socarras will be one of several local fighters featured in Saturday night’s card. Miami resident and Haiti native Azea Augustama will fight the Bahamas’ Jermain Mackey in a light-heavyweight bout that will headline the six-bout show.

Other local fighters featured on the card include super-middleweights Ahmed Elbiali and Vilier Quiñonez in separate undercard bouts.

“There is nothing better than fighting at home so the public here gets to know you better,” said Socarras, who arrived in the United States when he was 8-years-old. “It is also another opportunity for my closest fans to support me.”

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