It’s been a busy start to the new year in Texas boxing. Mario Barrios of San Antonio has called out everyone at 140 before stepping into the ring for a bit of a tune-up bout against Richard Zamora of Mexico on the Tank Davis-Hugo Ruiz card in California this week Barrios impressed unleashing a devasting offensive attack and scoring a fourth stoppage. The 140-pound division is absolutely loaded with Texans fellow San Antonian Kendo Castanada holds a NABA strap and is highly ranked by the WBA. Maurice Hooker of Dallas holds the WBO strap and Vergil Ortiz also of Dallas is one of the brightest stars in the sport. Ortiz also scored a fifth-round TKO of Jesus Valdez Barrayan on a Golden Boy card at the Toyota Center in Houston. That card also featured the Rincon brothers who also picked up wins, both continuing and progressing in their young but very impressive careers. Alex Rincon Scored a UD over a tougher than expected Jeremy Rams and George Rincon, the older brother scored a first-round TKO over Emmanuel Valdez. Lightweight John Rincon of Corpus Christi also picked up a “W” on the card in Houston scoring a UD over Alex Santana.
The Next week featured another card in Texas. The Star in Frisco hosted a light heavyweight title fight as Sergey Kovalev redeemed himself and picked up a lopsided UD over Eleider Alvarez. Alvarez took Kovalev’s belt from him back in August. The show was stolen by young protege Teofilo Lopez who is now the front runner for knock out of the year for the display of power, speed, and skill that he put on against rugged veteran Diego Magdaleno. A highlight reel knock out he ended with his vintage backflip and fortnite dance.
In two other cards featuring Texas-based fighters, young Edward “Kid’ Vazquez passed the biggest test of his young career in keeping his “o” intact in a battle of unbeaten featherweight prospects. Vazquez couldn’t miss with his right hand and timed the undefeated Brandon Cruz perfectly landing at will. Vazquez of Fort Worth was clearly the quicker fighter and looked to box circles around the tough come forward Brandon Cruz at times. Vazquez ran his record to 6-0 with the SD victory, which aired on the UFC Fight pass on the undercard of Aston Palicte-Jose Martinez.
Welterweight tough guy, Randy Fuentes from McAllen, Texas this is the absolute best 8-8 fighter you are ever going to see. He has handed setbacks to bigtime prospects like Kenton Sippio Cook and Craig Callahan. He recently fought Brain Cabello an undefeated prospect from NY signed with Tom Loeffler. Watch this fight again, because, from our seat, the tough MacAllen bruiser did it again. It was clear to our eyes that Fuentes did enough to earn the decision and upset yet another young prospect. However, the judges disagreed and gave the A-side Ceballo a very close UD. However, judge for yourself, see if you can find the fight on YouTube and score it. Let us know who you think won the fight.