Texas Boxing Scouting Report Part 2
In the second part of the lone star state fighter scouting report we look at guys that have proven to be legit fighters in the weight classes. Some as the cusp of being contenders, others taking losses but building profiles for lasting careers, others grasping for one last big fight. Having already put in time in the pro ranks 2018 will be a pivotal year for year of these guys in their respected careers. Look for some to flounder and take steps back and others to reach potentials that seems to be out of reach.
Adam Lopez (16-2-2, 8 kos)
2017 was a year of breakthrough. But it was also the year of defeat inside the ring. He lost his first fight in a great fight with Danny Roman you would later claim a world title. That came on a return appearance to Showtime tv. He would later draw in a close give and go fight on the same network. Ending the year with another loss. He was given opportunity not always seen. With two losses, he will but a good tv style he will be given chances but will have to earn his victories.
Samuel Clarkson (20-4, 13 kos)
2017 was year of opportunity. Fighting into his 6th year as a pro and putting himself on the world boxing map with, with huge wins in 2015/2016 earning him into a world title shot. Coming up short in his title fight against a now major player in the top-level boxing game may have a lesson worth learning. He finished 2017 with a return knockout against a 38-win former world champion. At 27 years of age. He should just now start seeing his prime. With his record and fighting style look for him to land middle to contention meaning fights in 2018.
Manuel Rojas (16-3, 4 kos)
After being put in tough as a young pro this 24-year-old seems to have gotten back into a worthwhile look. With 3 wins including a televised 10 round decision against Zhimin Wang (8-1), he goes into 2018 with a nice-looking record and pleasing come forward style. He will get a prospect from a major company calling him. It will be up to him and his team to see if they can take another step toward a larger higher risk fight. Looks to be headlining a Black-Tie event against Fatiou Fassinou (28-8-3,15ko).
Charles Hatley (26-2-1, 18 kos)
In 2017 the 9-yr. boxing career finally reached the top level of boxing with his first world championship fight on ShowTime. Having been inactive for long stretches of time 2018 will have to be a year of redemption. He will have to find a way into a meaningful fight or fight often to push his momentum toward another world title appearance.
Roberto Marroquin (27-4-1, 20k os)
Having taken time off after a close decision loss in Reynosa, Mexico in his lone 2016 fight he has come back in 2017 with two wins against formidable foes. Having those two wins by knockout has shown willingness to exchange and entertain. landing a major fight and taking a shot at a top-level fighter is right around the corner in 2018. He will have a chance at a meaningful fight within the next months.
Tony Lopez (12-3, 4 kos)
2018 will a year of transition. After a 2016 where he won a eye opening fight in Vegas and losing in a regional title fight 2017 was a up and down year. A win for a title and a loss for a bigger title against a former world champion should be a lesson that was worth learning. At 24 he is not reached his apex. He will get another opportunity and will have to grab ownership of his potential. News on an upcoming fight will be dropping any minute.
Ray Ximenez (16-1, 4 kos)
24 yr. old with legit higher-level boxing skills has watched his career flutter a bit. One fight in 2017 against lower level competition will not move the need yet his record will be one to entice a bigger fight. Just announced he will get this chance on February 9th as he takes on John Vincent Moralde (19-1, 10 ko) on BeinSports network. This is the step up he was looking for.
Alexis Del Bosque (13-4, 9 kos)
At 22 years of age, his career is on a fast lane toward veteran pro status. He owns a great style in the pro game while maintaining adequate boxing technique. While he lost 2 fights in 2016, 2017 proved to be a solid bounce back. 2 wins with the last one being a undefeated Crescencio Ramos (10-0) as a main event at a solid venue. He will have to stay active this year and be ready to step in short notice against an A-side foe.
Oscar Mojica (11-3, 1 ko)
While he lacks natural power his fight style is crowd pleasing. With two marginal wins against lesser foes and a UD against a Golden Boy prospect 2017 as a learning experience. While I do see him getting called for fights he will need to remain active and on notice for fights around Texas. He gets his headlining matchup against undefeated Ernesto Delgadillo (9-0-2, 2ko) on February 22nd.
Ryan Karl (15-1, 9 kos)
A legit action fight of the night fighter, he was given the opportunity on the FoxSports template to build his reputation and experience. He took a loss in his biggest fight to date showing tough grit. Bouncing back with 2 UD wins shows needed boxing skills. He will get the call in tough fights in 2018 where he will need to earn his placement for high rankings.
Miguel Flores (21-2, 9 kos)
Also given a large showcase look on the FoxSports template. Flores lost both his fights in 2017, an upset TKO loss against Dat Nguyen (20-3) was a legit loss to a tough worthwhile veteran. His next fight was a bad cut stoppage to Chris Avalos (27-6) left a bitter taste in his mouth. He has reached a stage into his career of contender status. He will have to work his way back into an important fight this year. But at 25 has time to make changes if needed.
Roberto Garcia (41-3, 24 kos)
At age 37, his record reflects a top-level talent. But it’s been a up and down career for the Weslaco resident. In his lone fight of 2017 he was to be the opponent for Omar Chavez (36-3) in a fight he was picked to lose. This win breathed air into his career giving him a recent victory. He will need to play role of spoiler again when he gets a call.
Texas at times in the past lacked mid of the road guys that where on the cusp of landing major fights. The last 5 years Texas has groomed many of these fighters in to legit prospects, contenders and even world title challengers. 2018 will show if any will be able to step into a high talent level of competition. Past the stage of grooming, these fighters will be tested by matched tough.