This Saturday the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso will host an absolutely stacked card that will be nationally aired on FOX. The card will feature an incredible 10 total fights which will be headlined by “The Riverside Rocky” Josesito Lopez a veteran of over 40 professional fights, who has been in the ring with everyone, including Canelo Alvarez, Victor Ortiz, Jessie Vargas, Marcos Maidana and Andre Berto. Will take on undefeated prospect Miguez Cruz in a welterweight bout. The co-main event will showcase former 168-pound world champion Anthony Dirrell against El Paso native and fan favorite “Sun City Warrior” Abraham Han. The card will also feature a litany of other big names including Ryan “Cowboy” Karl who is a Milano native and trains out of Ronnie Shields Plex Gym. As well as Jorge Lara a comebacking 130-pounder who calls Houston Texas home. As well as mega-prospect, 22-year-old Erickson Lubin who will fight for the first time since his major setback loss to Houston native Jermell Charlo.
Laredo is turning into a hotbed for boxing in the state of Texas. It has hosted many incredibly entertaining fight cards. This past Saturday was no different. As legendary and always entertaining former champ Ricardo Mayorga was upset by Laredo Rodolfo “Cobrita” Gomez Jr. in the 10-round, super middleweight main event at Laredo Energy Arena.
“We basically have locals (on this card) but then we have a superstar in Ricardo Mayorga,” Lone Star Boxing Promotions CEO Ivaylo Gotzev said. “He’s facing a local kid (Gomez) which makes it really exciting. … Top to bottom, there’s something for everyone.”
Despite being 45, Mayorga was doing a good job early against Gomez, boxing well an landing clean combinations but as is typical with Mayorga he stuck his head out, dropped his hands and taunted his opponent. This tactic came back to haunt him in the final round. Gomez landed a series of hard power shots to drop Mayorga who quickly rose to his feet, but the referee inexplicably said the former two-division champion was in no condition to continue and he decided to stop the fight raising more questions and giving another black eye to Texas boxing. As a hometown fighter was unexplainably given a win many will debate he didn’t deserve.
Two other Laredo based prospects where featured in eight rounders. 122-pound teenage prospect “El Gallo Giro” Jorge Ramos stayed undefeated by dismantling Jonathan Alexis Beltran. In the co-main event hometown favorite, Joshua Juarez ran his record to a perfect (7-0, 4 KOs) by dominating James “Murda” Rodriguez by unanimous decision. Juarez also took home the Texas State light heavyweight title.
The San Antonio boxing scene will remain red hot. San Antonio has established itself as a great fight city and PRB boxing has taken notice and will return on April 21st with a major card titled “Whose “0” Must Go”, which will be held at the Mi Mercado Event Center. The main event will highlight a couple of undefeated San Antonio based welterweights, James Cantu (10-0, 4 KOs) vs. Jairo Castaneda (9-0, 3 KOs). Daniel Baiz who headlined a card back in January at the Scottish Rite will also be featured on the card. Baiz is a monster of a Jr. Middleweight and an all-action come forward fighter who is building quite an impressive fan base in his hometown. Undefeated 17-year-old prospect Gregory Morales and 140-pound prospect Frank Brown will also be featured on the stacked card.
Tha Freeman Coliseum, in San Antonio, played host to four of the best 140 pounders in the world this past Saturday. In the main event, 135-pound champ and pound for pound elite Mikey Garcia took care of business in entertaining fashion. In a very entertaining but ultimately one-sided affair, Mikey Garcia captured the IBF strap from Sergey Lipinets. Lipinets put up a very game effort and even won a couple of rounds. However, Garcia’s sharp and accurate power punches ultimately proved to be far too much for Lipinets. In the co-main event, Kiryl Relikh was able to put together a star-making performance, in dominating former two-division and undefeated world champion Rances Barthelemy. Barthelemy, who is known as Kid Blast, took a very controversial decision over Relikh back in May of 2017, this time wasn’t so lucky as Kid Blast got blast got blasted out via lopsided decision.
On the untelevised undercard, Richard Commey became the mandatory for the 135 pound IBF strap in easily blasting out Alejandro Luna in the sixth round. Commey is now the mandatory for Robert Easter to whom he dropped a very controversial decision to back in 2016. In a Super Bantamweight bout, Weslaco native Brandon Lee Figueroa continued to impress against increasingly tougher competition. The 21-year-old Texan not only knocked out Giovanni Delgado in the seventh but, also set a world record for a Super Bantamweight fight by throwing 176 punches in the third round. The most in any round in a fight at the weight class. San Antonio mega-prospect Mario Barrios put on a show in front of the hometown fans, making easy work of Dominican veteran Eudy Bernardo. Barrios said prior to the fight this was “the toughest opponent of his career.” Despite the step up in competition Barrios stayed unbeaten and floored Bernardo with a straight right hand to his chin just 45 seconds into the first round.Bernardo wobbled to his feet before the fight was quickly waived off just seconds into the opening round. Irving, native Alejandro Guerrero destroyed Philip Adyaka in the first round to run his record to 7-0. The Texas lightweight has tremendous power and is a legitimate prospect at barely 20-years-old.
In another card promoted by Roy Jones Jr Promotions, local icon Ray Ximenez Jr put on quite a show at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. It’s not quite clear what statement was louder his dominating performance in the ring which cemented his position as a legitimate contender in the loaded 126-pound division, or his unique fashion statement. The Dallas native sported a hot pink dyed flop of hair and pink fur gladiator type trunks. One thing is clear, Ximenez absolutely stole the show. He took a lopsided UD over a very game Eugene Lagos. Lagos, a stablemate of highly ranked super flyweight Milton Palicte, showed an experienced demeanor, a stiff jab, a cast iron chin, and a heart as big as Texas. However, it was apparent from the onset that the Filipino had no answer for the blazing hand speed of the Pleasant Grove native. Ximenez dominated the fight with a lightning quick jab and two punch combinations. Defensively he was a wizard putting on an awesome display of head movement, slipping everything Lagos threw his way. At the end of the scheduled eight-rounder, the Texan had earned a clear hard fought UD. Post-fight Ray Ximenez Sr, Ray Jr’s dad and head trainer told 3Dboxing, that he was really satisfied with his son’s performance, but he needs to be a bit more consistent and added that all they “want is a rematch with Christopher Diaz”, who took a highly controversial decision over Ximenez Jr. back in April of 2016 in Diaz’s native Puerto Rico. Ximenez Sr says they think that they won and Diaz was the beneficiary of a hometown decision and stated that Diaz refuses to fight “outside of Puerto Rico or Miami” but this is the only fight his son wants.
The undercard featured a lineup of undefeated Texas Prospects. Edward Vasquez, an undefeated featherweight from Fort Worth, who is one of Roy Jones Jr’s newest and most prized prospects, put on a show of offensive skill, brute strength, and solid footwork. Vasquez dominated an action-packed fight from the first round on. The Fort Worth fighter sent Brandon Avrie wheeling at the end of the first round with a solid right hand and jumped on the dazed fighter landing more power shots before the bell rang. Vasquez dominated the fight and ran his record to a perfect 5-0 in dominant fashion with the exception of the fourth round. Where Arvie landed a picture-perfect counter left hook that landed squarely on the chin of Vasquez and sent him to the seat of his pants at the end of round 4. Vasquez seemed affected by the shot as he walked to his corner, however, the capacity crowd lifted the hometown fighter with chants of “Kidd-Kidd-Kidd” which is the nickname of Vasquez who proved he was Texas tough and gritted through the next two rounds to take a clear UD over the previously unbeaten Arvie.
Texas bantamweight Dominique Griffin stayed undefeated in what was the most action-packed fan friendly fight of the night. The San Angelo born, Dallas raised, Houston based prospect had all corners covered in what was perhaps the most entertaining 4-0 shutout you are ever gonna see over David Alfaro of Austin. Griffin outworked and landed at will with the right hand and did the majority of the damage in this four-round bout. However, Alfaro stayed aggressive, showcasing grit and moxie in applying constant pressure on the speedier and far more skilled Griffin.
In the opening matchup of the night, an untelevised bout, undefeated, Dallas based Jarvis Sheppard ran his record to a perfect 5-0 (5) with a first-round destruction of Christopher Turton who is also of Dallas.
The Bank of America Center, in Corpus Christi, was home to a night of young stars, that was televised by ESPN. In the main event 26-year-old Mexican Super Middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez ran his perfect record to 37-0 (26) KO’s, with a dominating performance over Habib Ahmed of Ghana. Zurdo is considered perhaps the best 168 pounders in the world and one of the premier young fighters in the world.
The card also featured Jesse Hart, who is bouncing back from a tough fight with Ramirez in his last outing, had a much easier night in knocking out Thomas Awimbono in the first round. Filipino 115 pound IBF champ Jerwin Ancajas was also on the card. Ancajas, who is often compared to Manny Pacquiao, put on yet another amazing offensive performance in stopping a game Israel Gonzalez in 10 rounds.
Other top young fighters were also featured including Teofimo Lopez who is considered to be the top young prospect in the world by some, beat a tough veteran fighter by the name of Juan Pablo Sanchez. Jose Benavidez returned to the ring and put on a masterful performance, after creating a media buzz by getting into a prolonged trash talk battle with pound-4-pound king Terence ‘Bud” Crawford. 17-year-old super prospect Gabriel Flores Jr ran his record to a perfect 6-0 (5) by destroying Alex Solorio in the first round.
The Texas Boxing Scene continues to remain red hot. Two new cards announced for the Dallas area for February and a world Championship card rescheduled in San Antonio.
Desoto Native Errol Spence defended his IBF Welterweight title in dominant fashion against former two-division champion Lamont Peterson. Spence is highly regarded as one of the best Welterweights and pound for pound fighters on earth. He put on perhaps the best performance of his career on Saturday night in Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Centre. “The Truth” lived up to his nickname in outboxing the veteran Peterson early on putting rounds in the bank and breaking his man down early then dropping him in the 5th with a left hook. He continued the onslaught in rounds six and especially seven. After the seventh Peterson’s esteemed trainer Barry Hunter told his man that he didn’t like what he was seeing and advised the ref to wave off the fight instead of answering the bell to start the eighth round. Officially giving the North Texan the first successful defense of his IBF belt and an eighth-round TKO. Spence went on to say in the post-fight press conference he plans on a homecoming and defending his title in Dallas his next time out. Spence Won the strap in Sheffield England in 2017 and this Saturday in Brooklyn was his first defense. Spence has not fought in North Texas since 2015 when he blew out Alejandro Barrera in “The Bomb Factory”. He has fought three of his last four fights in Brooklyn.
Pound for Pounder Mikey Garcia’s world title fight against 140 pound IBF kingpin Sergey Lipinets in San Antonio has been postponed and is in the process of being rescheduled. Garcia who is considered one of the best fighters in the world, and is currently ranked #3 in the world by 3DBoxing, was looking to make history by joining two legends, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as the only fighters in history to win world titles from 126 pounds straight through to 140 pounds. The champ Lipinets had to pull out and reschedule due to a gruesome hand injury. 3DBoxing will continue to update you on this and announce a new date when the fight is rescheduled.
While Errol Spence was representing Texas in New York, Texas put on an outstanding show displaying the local talent that the state is pouring out. Brought to you courtesy of TMB & PRB Promotions, The beautiful Scottish Rite in the heart of San Antonio was home to an exciting show on Saturday. In the main event, Daniel Baiz lived up to his nickname “Da Beast” in beating down a really tough opponent in Rey Trujillo. Da Beast who is a San Antonio native has run off his fourth consecutive win all of which have been in San Antonio. Baiz from the first round on stalked and attacked Trujillo with massive hooks and body shots. There were bad intentions on every shot Baiz threw from the opening bell on. Despite not being able to muster up much offense Trujillo’s chin was certainly up to the challenge and took the best shots Baiz offered up. In the last two rounds, Baiz continued to go beast mode and picked up the ferocious attack and rolled to an easy UD.
In the co-main events, two ladies put on a special fight. Brittany “Mi Vida Loca’ Ordonez and “Queen Bee” Briana Gonzalez, traded heavy leather for the entirety of their 6 round slugfest. Ordonez seemed to have an edge on the outside and was able to win the battle of the jabs but was too often for her own good drug into heated exchanges and the “Queen Bee” proved to be the heavier hitter and more effective in fighter. On a card that featured a total of eight fights this was no doubt the best and most competitive. When it went to the cards after six the judges preferred the all-action style of Gonzalez over the outside work of Ordonez in a very close but unanimous decision.
The card dubbed “Fight Nite at the Scottish Rite” Also featured a handful of other notable fights. 17-year-old Gregory “Goyo” Morales an extraordinarily talented and powerful kid, put on an amazing display of skill and power in knocking out 51-year-old Ben Guerrero who was making his professional debut. Knocking out his elder in 36 seconds. A straight right, left hook combo sent Guerrero into the ropes and “Goyo” jumped on him causing the referee to step in and wave it off.
Also on the action-packed card, San Antonio based Heavyweight Tyrell Herndon looked like a little version of “King Kong” Luis Ortiz in dismantling a heavyweight named Armando Herrera. Dropping him in the first round with a vicious body shot right before the bell rang. The San Antonio native finished off his man in the third by dropping Herrera three more times and finally causing the referee to step in and save Herrera from any more punishment.
The bout prior to the co-main events featured an undefeated southpaw. Vic Pasillas put on a star-making performance. The undefeated Featherweight put on a major league show of speed, reflexes, and combination punching in outclassing a game veteran named Alejandro Moreno, who came in a veteran of nearly 60 fights. Pasillas who has fought at major venues on major cards show, dominated with world-class reflexes and world championship type jab and movement. He is a very difficult target to hit as well as an accurate counter puncher with lightning quick reflexes. Pasillas a native of East LA was inactive for over two years before this fight and will look to take a step up in competition coming off of this win.
Also, a young lightweight by the name of Frank Brown continues to impress. Having just turned pro in 2016 he has drastically improved each time out and scored an impressive knockout. Brown displayed a very snappy jab and a ferocious body attack. He dropped his opponent twice in the second round which caused his corner to waive the fight off.
Ignacio Holguin celebrated his one-year anniversary of turning pro with a knockout over an overmatched Santiago Sanchez Bayardo. In a featherweight matchup, Holguin landed the punch of the night a perfectly placed uppercut the split Bayardo’s guard and put him down for the count ending the fight in the first round.
Several new cards will come to The state of Texas in the upcoming months. The San Antonio boxing scene remains red hot on January 20th The Scottish Rite will play host to an exciting card titled “Fight Nite At The Scottish Rite”. The card will headline Daniel Baiz a San Antonio based prospect who recently defeated Cuban prospect Yunier Calzada. It will also feature unbeaten prospect and fan favorite Vic Pasillas who last fought in Texas back in 2013 and put on an exciting performance in knocking out Salvador Perez.
On February 9th Roy Jones Jr Promotions will invade the Lone Star State again after it gave us an exciting show back in December in Austin. This time the RJJ show will be held in Laredo and will feature 130-pound mega-prospect Randy Moreno Ochoa.
Big time boxing returns to Texas. Two major cards will come to Texas in the upcoming months. On February 3rd Top Rank will hold a nationally televised event that will be aired on ESPN. Undefeated Gilberto Rameriez will defend his WBO 168 pound title against undefeated prospect Habib Ahmed of Ghana. Also, 115 pound IBF champ will defend against Israel Gonzalez, a very tough Mexican warrior.
On February 17th two former world champs will collide in El Paso on a nationally televised card. Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz will square off for positioning in the loaded welterweight division. The Card will also feature “Sweet Hands” Caleb Plant who will square off with world class puncher Porky Medina.
The Alamodome is used to hosting World Champions, being home of Greg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs and their 5 NBA Championships in just a 15-year span. The arena will now play host to another great championship duel. IBF Super Lightweight Champion Sergey Lipinets will defend his portion of the 140-pound championship against Pound For Pound elite and current lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia
Mikey Garcia will attempt to join two legends Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as the only champions to win titles from featherweight to junior-welterweight )126 lbs to 140 lbs) when he meets Sergey Lipinets in San Antonio on Feb. 10. Garcia (37-0, 30 knockouts) bypassed higher-profile bouts against Miguel Cotto and current lightweight champion Jorge Linares, deciding on undefeated IBF Champ Lipinets (13-0, 10KOs), which will air live on Showtime. “It is a dream to have the opportunity to become a four-division world champion,’’ Garcia said via press release. “San Antonio has some of the greatest boxing fans in the country, including some key supporters of my Robert Garcia Boxing Academy family. Since my last fight, I have stayed in the gym. I can’t wait to give the fans in Texas and those watching at home on Showtime another great performance.’’
Lipinets said “Getting the title is one thing, but keeping the title is a more difficult task, I’m not about to give it away to anybody. No disrespect to Mikey Garcia or anybody else out there, but I’m keeping my title. Beating Mikey Garcia will put me in the elite of boxing where I believe I belong. I’m happy my team was able to put this great fight together. I can promise you this won’t be a snoozer. It’s going to be an action-packed fight for sure.’’
Mikey has a deep history of fighting in the Lone Star State, he last fought here back in 2013, when he knocked out Roman “Rocky” Martinez in Corpus Christi and prior to that he fought at the American Airlines Center in Dallas where he knocked out Juan Manuel Lopez. Garcia also fought in Quick Trip Ball park in Grand Prairie as well as in Laredo at the Laredo Energy Arena. In all it will be the sixth time Garcia has fought in the State of Texas. For Lipinets it will be his first professional trip to the Lone Star State. The Feb. 10 co-main event will also be a 140-pound title fight, Cuba’s Rances Barthelemy (26-0, 13 KOS) meeting Belarus’ Kiryl Relikh (21-2, 19 KOs) in a rematch for the WBA belt vacated by Terence Crawford.
Round Rock Sports Center, Round Rock, Texas – 12/8/17
Roy Jones Jr Boxing and Underwood promotions invaded the Austin area with an exceptional seven card fight. Which showed off much of the rising local Texas-based talent and two international up and coming superstars in the main event and co-main event. Both Filipino sensation Aston Palicte and Ali Akhmedov the monstrous punching Kazakhstani. Each main event fighters put on a show for the Austin crowd and showed why they are both rising stars in the respective divisions.
As for the local Texas based fighters, the home crowd certainly got their monies worth. In the televised opener, Waco based featherweight Antonio Castillo pulled a massive upset in spoiling the undefeated record of highly touted Mexican prospect. Manuel Mondragon. Castillo walked into the ring with a record of just (2-2) and was coming off of consecutive losses to lesser known fighters. From the opening bell Castillo was determined to establish him and show the crowd he belonged with the highly touted Mondragon. Establishing himself with a stiff jab and good head movement established him in the first round. In the second round, Mondragon took control of the fight landing right hands and left hook and avoiding Castillo and making him look bad at moments. In the final two stanzas of the scheduled four rounders, the Waco native bounced back and took control of the fight and dominated the second half of the fight with the stiff jab and movement. Out boxing the long and rangy Mondragon and winning the exchanges when they traded on the inside. Going to the cards at the end of the fourth the fight looked like it could go either way and by the narrowest of margins two of the three judges preferred the slick movement and stiff jab of the resilient Texan,Castillo improving his record to (3-2).
On the non televised portion of the card, Giovanni Loya, from El Paso, woke the audience up. In the first seconds, he dropped Stetson Horne with the first punch of the fight. Steston, making his pro debut, bravely got too his feet but was badly outclassed and finished off with less than a minute to go in the first round.
Bryan Vera, a long time favorite of Texas boxing fans, for wearing his famous Dallas Cowboys trunks, may have had his career sadly come to an end. While he was battered from pillar to post the entire night by a Louisiana based fighter by the name of Jas Phipps,who entered the ring with a record of (9-6-2) who also dropped Vera in the fifth on his way to winning a lop sided unanimous decision over Vera. Vera was once a world class fighter with excellent wins over former world champions like Andy Lee, Sergio Mora twice and Serhiy Dzinziruk. Vera also was robbed of a decision he clearly earned against Julio Caesar Chavez jr back in the fall of 2013. The best days are now far behind him the only question is will the now 35- year-old Vera continue on or retire after a very solid career.
In a non televised thriller and what was no doubt the most exciting fight of the night two young Texas based fighters, Dallas based, Jonathan Steele (7-1-1) and unbeaten Kileen, Texas prospect Reshard Hicks (9-0-1) put on a toe-to-toe thriller. Both Fighters proved Texas tough in this phone booth slug fest that had the Austin crowd on their feet the entire fight. Steele and Hicks stood toe-to-toe the entire night trading huge shots for all six rounds. As the final bell sounded there was no clear winner, as the judges also agreed calling it a draw. However, both Steele and Hicks showed a ton of heart and skill and each deserved to have the arm raised. Maybe we can get a rematch of this all-Texas shootout.