Stars Over Texas

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After finishing a strong 2017 campaign with a December event in Round Rock, Texas it appears Roy Jones Jr Boxing Promotions is looking to build on that momentum in 2018. The Young Promotional team gets its year underway by staying in the local Texas boxing community with a national televised BeIN SPORTS show on February 9th live from the The Bomb Factory located in Dallas Texas.

The 6-fight card will provide a glimpse at some of the up and coming talent in the Metroplex area by showcasing their talents while taking the next step on national tv. While the card is subject to change these potential fights will aim to please the fast-growing live audience with 31 rounds of action packed boxing action.

Opening the night Dallas native Kenneth Taylor 4-1 (3 KOs) fights well traveled Manuel Rubalcava 3-25 from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico a four-round super featherweight contest. After a 2 win 2017, he looks to open 2018 with another solid performance, in his December fight at the Gas Monkey Live he used both boxing ability and a fighter mentally to entertain with a four-round unanimous decision over Rynell Griffin. Rubalcava is coming off a 7 fight 2017,picking up his third win in the process. a well known measuring stick for up and coming fighters he will bring his lunch pail and last all four rounds. Taylor the stronger, younger fighter will have to work early and often has his Manuel has only been stopped 5 times in his 25 losses.

In the last untelevised fight of the evening Jarvis Shepard 4-0-1 (4 KOs) also out of Dallas, Tx brings his perfect knockout record into the ring against Christopher Turton 1-6 in 4 rounds at the super welterweight limit. TurTon fighting out of The Colony, TX looks to play spoiler in his 2018 debut. having last fought to a close contest majority decision to undefeated Osias Vasquez in Rosenberg, TX. Meanwhile Sheppard brings his high-powered fight game back to Dallas for the first time since his 2016 pro debut in the same building. This homecoming will provide fireworks from the first bell as Vasquez has been matched tough from his debut while Shepard has faced less than stellar competition with just one lone winning record on his ledger, a draw against Brandon Soriano now 3-1.

In the BeIN SPORTS TV opener Dominique Griffin 1-0 (1 KO) makes his hometown debut as a pro with a four-round bantamweight contest against Austin, TX fighter David Alfaro 1-0 (0 KO). Both young fighters put their undefeated records on the line in a battle for I-35 bragging rights. Griffin comes in on a quick turnaround having just knocked out his foe in one round in Houston, TX. Alfaro comes in to this fight having won his only fight in his hometown in a unanimous decision fashion last May.

In the second undefeated vs undefeated matchup of the night, local Fort Worth fighter Edward Vasquez 4-0 (0 KO) continues his busy schedule that saw him fight 4 times in 2017 with a five-round featherweight contest against fellow undefeated Mamou, LA native Brandon Arvie 2-0 (2 KOs). As mentioned in house RJJR fighter has remained active after turning pro in 2016. Vasquez faces his toughest test to date as Arvie comes in with his two knockout wins in his rookie year campaign. Those knockout wins in June and late December put him in position to play spoiler while fighting relativity close to home. Expect for the 25 yr old fighter to press early and often in this five-round affair.

Co-Main Event honors go to Sharmarian “DUKE” Snider 8-1 (6 KOs) and Kenneth Allen 4-0( 4 KOs) as they battle for Texas bragging rights. In this Temple vs Houston contest both hard hitting fighters look to steal the national stage platform in a recently booming heavyweight division. Allen,28, started late in his pro career, which is not rare at the higher weights in 2015. A unanimous decision pro debut has been followed up with two first round knockouts and a third-round knockout against Fort Worth product Dominique Smith in Houston. Duke has he is called by many is coming in off an impressive two round destruction of New Mexico fighter Randy McCarty at Gas Monkey Live this past December. His four fights 2017 campaign provided 4 straight knockouts adding to his 6 straight wins by knockout streak that he looks to continue against his unbeaten foe. This fight is should provide fireworks and a great lead in to the main even of the evening.

While Ray Ximenez sports a 14-1 (4 KOs) record the 25-year-old fighter seems to be longing for a legitimate opportunity at the higher levels of pro boxing. Having started his career at 115 lbs. having to move up in weight has been his only way to get fights. He seems to have found a niche in the 126-featherweight division having fought his last 6 fights at this divison limit. In his lone step, up in competition Ximenez lost a spirited tough contest to Top Rank Boxing contender Christopher Diaz in his home country of Puerto Rico. Almost two years since that fight he gets a shot at showcasing his top-level talent in front of his hometown fans. His original opponent has fallen through, a story he has heard often in his recent career. But with the support of Roy Jones Jr Boxing Promotions they have lined up a formidable foe in this Headlining Main event contest. After original opponent John Vincent Moralde fell through fellow 22-year-old Philippine countryman Eugene Lagos 12-4-2 (7 KOs) stepped in to take on the light hitting Dallas native. Lagos while young, has 100 rounds under his belt against tougher high-level competition, losses to world title challenger Cesar Juarez, and undefeated Tassana Sanpattan on his ledger show his willingness to fight. Nicknamed Rambo the young Filipino has fought 7 scheduled ten round fighters while Ximenez steps into his 5th eight round contests. Both fighters are at a crossroad in their respected careers I expect toe to toe action in a thrilling night ending performance.

****Schedule of Events Fight Week****

Media Workout                                          Weigh Ins                                                 
February 7, 2018                                       February 8th, 2018
3 PM                                                         All Fighters on the scale at 3 PM
Montoya’s Boxing Gym                               Harley Daivdson of Dallas 
7711 Military Pkwy                                    
Dallas, TX 75227                                       
214-566-0074                           

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Roberto Montano

Fort Worth-Diamond Hill Native

3 Comments

  1. Christine February 1, 2018 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Roberto I have to be honest, I’m not a reader…..i know your shocked lol but I do read what y’all out out because y’all are interesting and straight to the point. Cuddos!!!! See y’all at the fights!

  2. Ignacio Zuniga February 2, 2018 at 1:07 am -  Reply

    Shout out to Michael Montoya bro! He is doing his thing for Dallas and boxing

  3. Michael February 7, 2018 at 4:00 am -  Reply

    Weigh-in location has changed…….media day 3-5p @ MONTOYA BOXING GYM (Wednesday 2/7/18)

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