Local icon Ray Ximenez Jr put on quite a show at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. It’s not quite clear what statement was louder his dominating performance in the ring which cemented his position as a legitimate contender in the loaded 126-pound division, or his unique fashion statement. The Dallas native sported a hot pink dyed flop of hair and pink fur gladiator type trunks. One thing is clear, Ximenez absolutely stole the show. He took a lopsided UD over a very game Eugene Lagos. Lagos, a stablemate of highly ranked super flyweight Milton Palicte, showed an experienced demeanor, a stiff jab, a cast iron chin, and a heart as big as Texas. However, it was apparent from the onset that the Filipino had no answer for the blazing hand speed of the Pleasant Grove native. Ximenez dominated the fight with a lightning quick jab and two punch combinations. Defensively he was a wizard putting on an awesome display of head movement, slipping everything Lagos threw his way. At the end of the scheduled eight-rounder, the Texan had earned a clear hard fought UD. Post-fight Ray Ximenez Sr, Ray Jr’s dad and head trainer told 3Dboxing, that he was really satisfied with his son’s performance, but he needs to be a bit more consistent and added that all they “want is a rematch with Christopher Diaz”, who took a highly controversial decision over Ximenez Jr. back in April of 2016 in Diaz’s native Puerto Rico. Ximenez Sr says they think that they won and Diaz was the beneficiary of a hometown decision and stated that Diaz refuses to fight “outside of Puerto Rico or Miami” but this is the only fight his son wants.
The undercard featured a lineup of undefeated Texas Prospects. Edward Vasquez, an undefeated featherweight from Fort Worth, who is one of Roy Jones Jr’s newest and most prized prospects, put on a show of offensive skill, brute strength, and solid footwork. Vasquez dominated an action-packed fight from the first round on. The Fort Worth fighter sent Brandon Avrie wheeling at the end of the first round with a solid right hand and jumped on the dazed fighter landing more power shots before the bell rang. Vasquez dominated the fight and ran his record to a perfect 5-0 in dominant fashion with the exception of the fourth round. Where Arvie landed a picture-perfect counter left hook that landed squarely on the chin of Vasquez and sent him to the seat of his pants at the end of round 4. Vasquez seemed affected by the shot as he walked to his corner, however, the capacity crowd lifted the hometown fighter with chants of “Kidd-Kidd-Kidd” which is the nickname of Vasquez who proved he was Texas tough and gritted through the next two rounds to take a clear UD over the previously unbeaten Arvie.
Texas bantamweight Dominique Griffin stayed undefeated in what was the most action-packed fan friendly fight of the night. The San Angelo born, Dallas raised, Houston based prospect had all corners covered in what was perhaps the most entertaining 4-0 shutout you are ever gonna see over David Alfaro of Austin. Griffin outworked and landed at will with the right hand and did the majority of the damage in this four-round bout. However, Alfaro stayed aggressive, showcasing grit and moxie in applying constant pressure on the speedier and far more skilled Griffin.
In the opening matchup of the night, an untelevised bout, undefeated, Dallas based Jarvis Sheppard ran his record to a perfect 5-0 (5) with a first-round destruction of Christopher Turton who is also of Dallas.