The long-running San Antonio Spurs dynasty is finally no longer. Their fab four of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Kawhi Leonard are all long gone. The Spurs won’t be bringing any more championships back to Alamo city anytime soon. Luckily for San Antonians, they are four new faces that are well on the way to bringing gold back home to San Antonio. However, they aren’t Spurs, they don’t take orders from Greg Popovich and they aren’t even basketball.players. Yes, the days of San Antonio being at the forefront of the NBA is finally after a two-decades-long run, no more. However, there’s a new fab four, a new group of four young, athletes who will not bring the city Larry O’Brien trophies but rather world boxing titles. A different type of hardware for a different era of San Antonio dominance
Mario Barrios The 23-year old is perhaps the furthers along in his career of any of the San Antonio Fab 4. The unbeaten 140-pound prospect is currently signed to PBC has a record of 22-0 (14) including victories over Devis Boschiero, Jose Luis Rodriguez and Jose Roman. It was against Roman, his last outing, back in July of this year that showed the young Texan didn’t just have skills and power but also had a champion’s heart. Overcoming first round cuts and a rugged veteran, the kid named as El Azteca battled through and ended up battering and dismantling the tough veteran knocking him multiple times and making him quit after eight brutal rounds.
Eddie Ortiz- The 26-year-old who is an amateur national champion has had just nine pro bouts but has picked up perhaps the best win of the lot, picking up an eight-round unanimous decision over Kurtiss Colvin, Colvin was a standout amateur and a former all-world prospect, who at 32-years-old was making one last shot at a world title. Ortiz was supposed to be a tune-up fight for bigger things. Ortiz, who is known as the Hunter, was supposed to lose, however, he never got the memo and, the slick 6-3 southpaw with serious pop outbox and eventually wore down the heavily favored Colvin in taking a competitive but clear UD. Anyone who has seen the hunter knew his skill,s height, physical strength, and southpaw stance is a lethal combination, and despite just a 7-0-2 record, Ortiz is definitely ready for the elite-level competition the only problem is who is going to want to hope in the ring with an unbeaten 6’3 southpaw.
Joshua Franco – The 23 years old bantamweight, sports a record of 14-1-1 and is known as “El Profesor” is the only one of the San Antonio Fab 4 who has taken a loss in their young career a loss he will look to avenge against Lucas Emanuel Fernandez Leone on the Mungia/Inoue undercard on January 26th at the Toyota Center in Houston. Franco burst onto the scene back in the summer of 2015 on Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy LA Fight Club cards and built up a name for himself. he is currently trained by the legendary Robert Garcia and promoted by Golden Boy a dream team of talent and promotion to get the young “professor’ a title shot in 2019. The Bantamweight division is one of the toughest and deepest divisions in the sport, however, Franco has the skills and grit to give any of the champions more than they can handle.
Kendo “Tremendo” Castaneda- The undefeated 25-year-old has propelled himself to contender status with two excellent victories in the second half of 2018, first taking apart the Mayweather Promotions prospect Jesus Gutierrez in Las Vegas. He followed that up with a one-sided beatdown of the unbeaten Gilbert Venegas Jr to capture the NABA Super Lightweight strap. Kendo is a complete offensive fighter with outstanding pop in both hands. He sports a piston-like jab and a ferocious body attack. He is currently trained by former 130-pound world champ, Jesse James Leija. Leija has seemed to fine tune Tremendo’s skill and made him a more defensively responsible fighter to add to his complete offensive skill set. Castaneda has called out everyone in the top 10 of the 140-pound division and having captured the NABA crown he may soon be targeted for a world title shot against WBA champ Kiryl Relikh or whoever may be the WBA champ following the conclusion of the WBSS 140 pound tournament. In the meantime, an all San Antonio shoot-out against Maro Barrios would be an interesting matchup.