Texas Boxing Scene: Update 8/6

It’s been a red hot summer of boxing in the Lone Star State on July 27th “Mighty Mo” Maurice Hooker returned home to the Dallas area for a Jr welterweight unification bout against Jose Carlos Ramirez on the grounds of UT Arlington. The hometown hero came up a little short in a thriller, a back and forth slugfest that will be a fight of the year contender. The Texan was stopped after a barrage of power shots poured in by Ramirez caused the referee to stop the bout in the sixth round.

On the undercard, Houston native and our “Prospect of the Month” for July Austin “Ammo” Williams scored a vicious first-round knockout over his opponent Jabrandon Harris. Middleweight prospect and fellow Dallas native Darrius Bagley made a successful pro debut in the nights opening bout, taking a lopsided UD over veteran opponent Carlos Dixon. in the swing bout surging lightweight prospect, Francisco Martinez improved his record to a glossy 6-0 also picking up a one-sided UD.

August 3rd was a spectacular day in San Antonio Boxing. We have time and again referred to Alamo City as the best fight city in the country and that was on full display this past Saturday. The card was headlined by Alamo City’s sweetheart the Aztec Queen Selina Barrios, who scored a vicious left hook to the body 42-second knockout to bring her hometown crowd to their feet and improve her record to 6-1. Just like her kid brother Mario, Selina is creeping towards a world title shot.

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In the co-main blue chip featherweight/super bantamweight prospect “World Star” Henry Arredondo scored a second-round knockout to improve his record to 6-0 (3). World star came out fast with a barrage of power shots that finally beat his opponent, Alejandro Moreno, into submission midway into the second of a scheduled six-rounder. Arredondo is a perfect 4-0 (3) this year and is the leader in the clubhouse for “KO of the Year” for his one-punch knockout back in March on a Roy Jones Jr Promotions card that streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

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The card also featured Isreal Ibarra a sensational flyweight prospect who is already, at this very early stage in his career, one of the premier body punching little men in the sport. The Flyweight scored another ferocious body attack stoppage. This one came in the third round. John Rincon of Corpus Christ also scored a knockout victory to improve his record to 4-0

August 10th marks another big day in Texas boxing. As Vergil Ortiz, the 21-year-old welterweight and perhaps brightest prospect in all of boxing returns home to take on the rugged Antonio Orozco at The Theatre at Grand Prairie. Ortiz was our 2018 “Prospect of the Year” and has been our Fighter of the Week twice. It’s the first time the hometown hero has fought in his native Grand Prairie and the first time he has fought in the Metroplex since fighting in Frisco over two years ago, Ortiz fought in Houston back in January.

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The co-main features the completion of a highly competitive trilogy as Joshua Franco of San Antonio takes on Oscar Negrete for the third time in 10 months. The first bout was a highly entertaining draw that could have gone either way. The San Antonian set the record straight in the rematch taking a clear decision victory and earning our “Prospect of the month”.

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The Golden Boy promoted event will also showcase the Rincon Brothers of Carrollton, Texas undefeated brothers George and Alex are becoming hot commodities in the boxing world. Undefeated San Antonian will look to take one step closer to a world title as he takes on veteran Ezequiel Aviles in a lightweight bout.

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The Card will also feature Josh Juarez of Laredo, Hector Valdez of Dallas and Ezequiel Aviles of Austin.

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