Maurice Hooker put on perhaps the performance of the year, giving Texas the clean sweep over rival Oklahoma in the second part of the Red River Shoot Out! Hooker got off the canvas in the second round to produce what is perhaps the round of the year with Oklahoma native Alex Saucedo. Hooker got into his rhythm in the third round and gained control of the bout and remained in control until scoring the vicious knockout over Saucedo in the seventh round. Also featured on the card in the swing bout highly touted John Rincon of Corpus Christi made a successful pro debut in getting rid of the overmatched Emanuel Wiliams in one round.
Michael Dutchover the lightweight/super featherweight prospect known as the “West Texas Warrior” headlined a card at the Double Tree in Ontario, California and put on a masterful performance. Stopping Ruben Tamayo in the third round. Dutchover unleashed a vicious left hook to the body that forced Tamayo to a knee. After Tamayo beat the count, the West Texas native landed a right to the body and dropped Tamayo again and this time for good as the referee Lou Moret to step in and call a halt tot he bout. Dutchover ran his record 12-0 (9) and 5-0 for the year.
An all-action card put on by El Tigre Promotions event shook up the Houston area at the Humble Civic Center. 36-year-old Alfonso Lopez stopped Milton Nunez in the 5th round. Outside of Lopez picking up the “W”, it was a night of upsets, mega super bantamweight mega-prospect Armando Frausto of La Marque, TX, dropped a highly controversial split decision to a journeyman named Jonathan Ramos who had a record of 17-23-4. The upsets didn’t stop there either as Roberto Silva Jr was stopped in the second round by a mostly unknown Eric Abraham. The night did, however, highlight another prospect to definitely keep your eye on, Ivan Vazquez originally of Mexico now making his way in Houston, scored a first-round TKO of Jabrandon Harris.
The First ever PBC on Fox special aired last week, and it was well represented by the Lone Star State. The event which was hosted by Chris Meyers was headlined by the formal announcement of the mega fight at At &T Stadium between IBF Welterweight Errol Spence of DeSoto and Mikey Garcia in March of 2019. The Charlo twins will headline a card in Brooklyn New York at the Barclay’s. Jermall will take on Willie Monroe in the main event and in the co-main Jermell Charlo will defend his WBC 154-pound belt against Tony Harrison. The event is set for Dec. 22, Two other notable Texans Miguel Flores of Houston will fight for the WBA Featherweight strap against reigning champ Leo Santa Cruz, in the co-main Weslaco native, Omar Figueroa will represent the valley in his return fight against fan friendly John Molina.
Roy Jones Jr Promotions is back in the Lone Star State and this time in San Antonio. With the much-anticipated return of Kendo “Tremendo” Castaneda. The exciting lightweight who scored a UD over the rugged Jesus Gutierrez back in August and was also awarded our “Fighter Of The Week” will take on fellow undefeated lightweight prospect Gilbert Venegas. Venegas is making San Antonio his home away from home. This will be his second consecutive fight at the Scotish Rite in San Antonio, he last fought there in September when he upset local hero Armando Cardenas via UD. The card will feature a number of unbeaten San Antonians including Middleweight Dagoberto Nevarez, Welterweight George Ramos, and sensational featherweight prospect 18-year old Richard Medina.