Its been a busy couple of weeks in south Texas. The action kicked off on August 16th in Laredo on a Triple-A Promotions card. The Sames Auto Arena played host to Fight Fest 19 and as the fans in south Texas has grown accustomed the card produced a night of action-packed fights showcasing much of the young talent in Laredo. 18-year-old prospect Nicholas Molina scored a sensational first-round KO over the durable Jesus Angulo a rugged Mexican veteran of 21 fights who has a win over Omar Tienda and went the distance with Alexis del Bosque. It was quite an impressive display of skill and power from the promising 18-year-old. Fellow 18-year- old Laredo native Alex Ramos, younger brother of ABF Featherweight champ Jorge Ramos, also improved to 2-0 with an impressive four-round UD victory over Christopher Amaro of Brownsville. One other 18-year old from Gateway City made his pro debut, and it was a promising and impressive debut from Oscar Barrera who was robbed by two of the judges and had to settle for a draw in a fight that appeared to everyone in the packed out crows to be a one-sided beat down in Barrera’s favor.
Light heavyweight, hometown favorite Hector “Tito” Ferreyro Jr was able to secure his third straight victory, picking up a hard-fought but clear decision victory over a tougher than expected Joshua Cory who was making his pro debut. Jose Cardenas got back on the winning track with a third-round TKO over veteran Diego Contreras to move to 5-1. Cardenas took the fight on very short notice and was coming off of a very controversial DQ loss back in April. In the main event, Laredo’s sweetheart Mandy Fuentes came up on the wrong side of a very close and controversial decision loss, yet again this time to the younger slicker Paola Torres of San Antonio via SD.
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Eight days later big-time boxing returned to the Valley as Brandon Figueroa defended his interim 122-pound title in impressive fashion at the Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, Texas scoring a fourth-round knockout of Argentinian veteran Javier Chacon in the evening’s main event. The card featured a number of other valley area prospects such as future world champ El Relmpago Omar Juarez who scored what may be the leader in the clubhouse for knockout of the year, a right-handed shot that put Gino De La Paz out cold. Undefeated Dimas De Leon, who despite suffering a serious hand injury was able to outslug Roberto Pucheta a rugged veteran of almost 30 fights. Caesar Cantu also of Weslaco, just like the Figueroa bros. moved to 3-0 with a UD victory over Eddie Hines.
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In a night that featured several vicious knockouts the 6’1 19-year-old junior middleweight, Raymond “Tito” Guajardo of San Antonio scored what was perhaps the knockout of the night to improve his record to 3-0 and established himself as a legitimate 154-pound prospect to keep an eye on. Two other young studs from Dallas stayed undefeated both Alejandro brothers were victorious. Big brother Arnold scored a sensational second-round knockout to move 11-0 (10), kid brother Arnold scored a 6 round UD victory over veteran Eric Manriquez.
Raymond “Tito” Guajardo
On the weekends other card at the Frank Erwin Center on the grounds of UT, an Underwood Promotions card featured undefeated middleweight sensation Eddie Ortiz, out of San Antonio, captured the WBC (USNBC) Middleweight strap via split decision over Jas Phipps. Ortiz moved to 9-0-2 and has added Phipps to a resume that already included Kurtiss Colvin. That’s a stacked resume for someone just nine fights into their career look for Ortiz to jump up in the rankings and be fighting elite-level competition by 2020. The card also featured the return of the “Mandingo Warrior” James Kirkland and it was a quick return a first-round KO over an overmatched Colby Courter.
Middleweight WBC USNBC champ Eddie Ortiz
The worlds best 7-11 fighter became the worlds best 8-11 fighter as the Hawk Marquis Hawthorne, of Waco, scored a second-round knockout over “Da Beast” Daniel Baiz to capture the ABF 147 pound title. Antonio “Bang” Williams captured the ABF lightweight strap by stopping tough veteran Pedro Amigon, something Jorge Castaneda, Alex Del Bosque and Xavier Wilson were all unable to do. Williams moved to 11-0-1