THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTS OUT IN FAR WEST
By Roberto Montano aka Don
Boxing has taken a huge step forward in regaining a foothold on its niche in the entertainment industry in 2017. Locally we have seen different promotional companies enter the boxing scene fighting for positioning toward bigger and better events. This Thursday October 26 Golden Eagle takes a shot at grabbing their spot at the top level of the boxing entertainment world.
Golden Eagle promotions is hosting its 4th boxing card in North Texas in the last 12 months dating back to December 9th. Showcasing talent from not only the DFW metroplex but the whole lone star state. Gaining sponsors and fight fans by doing great work in multi-media and social network marketing to let the TRU boxing fans out there know that fights are around the corner. From media workouts to hosting meet and greets for the local talent at sporting events, restaurants, schools, and sponsor showcases, its put them in the eye of the local boxing world. Thursday, October 26th they venture into unchartered territory of the Far West night club scene. Showcasing boxing talent to a new audience at a new venue that is not known for sporting events make the boxing scene attractive by offering different experiences and views while watching simple prizing at its best.
While the official card will come down to the weigh ins I was given a glimpse at the potential matchups for this night of boxing at Far West in Dallas, Texas. While the order may vary fight night I put them in order of entertainment value.
Starting off the night is a matchup that offers Dallas vs Dallas with a super bantamweight four-round affair. Joel Ambriz makes his pro debut against Kaylin Waites (1-2). Joel is a former Texas Golden Glove champ, and the youngest of 3 brothers. Following the footsteps of his older brothers he joins the pro ranks in a four-round contest. Waites is fighting for the 2nd time this year, last fight being in January where he lost by KO. Having seen his two first fights in Dallas and Waco I know Waites to work hard and press action. While he will give effort, this will be more of a look into the Ambriz skill set that we get to see at the pro level for the first time.
In the only female matchup of the night we get are likely to see fireworks as Jasmine Clarkson (4-10) fighting out of Cedar hill, Texas takes on winless Mistery Neal (0-5) out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in a four-round bout being held at 123 lbs. a pound over the super bantamweight division. Jasmine comes into her 15ths pro fight having lost her last 3 fights against some who’s who of the female boxing world. She has stayed busy this year with this being her 5th time in the ring and just 6 weeks since a close but majority decision in San Antonio. Meanwhile Neal has remained winless in the pros losing her last two by knockout both in her home state of Oklahoma.
Making his second trip to Dallas by way of El Paso Texas is Gabriel Rodriguez (2-0) taking on Tyler, Texas native Kenneth Taylor (3-1-1,3ko) in a four-round contest being held at the junior lightweight division. Taylor comes in having won his last fight in Chihuahua, Mexico. Having won all three of us fights by first round knockouts look for power and a smothering offense. Meanwhile Gabriel not fought this year after having fights fall through last second. Not much is known about his potential, this fight should provide a glimpse into the prospects career ambitions as he takes on a fighter in Taylorwho has been active since turning pro in mid 2016. Rodriguez has not shown knockout power while winning his two fights by using boxing skill in his two unanimous decisions.
In a junior welterweight 4 round fight we have Thomas Smith (3-6-1, 2 KOs) taking on El Paso’s Dwayne Bonds (2-0). Bonds makes his first trip out of El Paso after 2 decisions wins in his home city. While not a power puncher in his own right. He has shown a knack for showing up against his competition. Both fighters he has beaten as a pro where undefeated entering the ring. Smith on the other hand has taken steps back in his 2017 campaign going 0-4 most recently just 3 weeks ago against newly signed Roy Jones Boxing promotions signee Edward Vasquez in a decisive loss in Dallas. Still Smith is a tough out for anyone only being stopped once in his 6 losses while traveling as a B-side across the united states. This is a Tru 50-50 fight.
Making his highly touted pro debut local talent Rafael “Listo” Gaitan fighting out of Grand Prairie, Texas takes on Rynell Riley (1-0,1ko) out of Fort Worth, Texas in a light heavyweight 4 round contest. Rafael comes in as they prized amateur leaving behind over 68 victories while only3 defeats. Having won multiple championships in the amateurs including the Texas golden gloves, Sugar Bert, Ringside and USA Nationals he finally steps into the ring as a pro for the first time. Rynell Riley comes in off a year and half lay off. Last seen firsthand in San Antonio destroying a local favorite in June of 2016, he is a big strong fighter who comes forward and lets his hands go. Rafael is being pitted carefully but not safely. This should provide fireworks for however longs it lasts.
Looking for a fight as of press time for a 6 round affair in the junior lightweight division is the always entertaining DeAnthony Bonner (11-3-1, 3 KOs). He was at first scheduled to take on 34 fight veteran Raymond Chacon. But that Chacon has changed course leaving Bonner looking for a comparable replacement. As for Bonner, his 2017 was a controversial loss last month in enemy territory against the hometown fighter by split decision. His 2016 campaign was solid with 2 wins against lower competition and a majority draw against undefeated Joseph Rodriquez. I hope they find someone to fight him. He has been proven to show up and compete at a constant pro level.
Marchristopher Adkins (8-2, 3 KOs) out of Dallas, Texas fighting Jadschi Green (11-6-2, 8 KOs) out of Kalamazzo, Michigan in a middleweight 6 round contest. Green fights for the first time in over 10 years fighting all across the united states with his most notable fight being a TKO loss to Edner Cherry. Adkins fights for the second time this year. It’s been a slow two years for the Dallas native after suffering a UD loss to Golden Boy Prospect Jason Quigley in November of 2015. Adkins looks to be positioning himself for a bigger fight with a win as he moves into his 7th year as a pro. Green while not having fought in nearly 10 years, records show he lets his hands go and has pop with 8 knockouts in his 11 career wins.
The co main event set for 6 rounds in the junior featherweight division former Oscar Mojica (10-3, 1 KO) out of Dallas, Texas takes on Grandville Michigan native Justin Lopez (5-6, 5 KOs). Lopez fights for the first time this year after taking on good competition last year that included Golden Boy prospect Edgar Valerio. Having lost his last six fights dating back to early 2013 he looks to change back into the winning ways of his first 5 fights where he won all 5 by knockout. Oscar meanwhile fights for the third time this year looking to bounce back after a unanimous decision against Golden Boy Prospect Joshua Franco on ESPN this past June. Mojica’s three losses have come against top level prospect fighters.
Now for the Main Event of the Evening, for the Texas Lightweight Title Alexis “Perro” Del Bosque (13-4, 9 ko) looks to defend his TX title against someone………anyone. Having had his original opponent Renaldo Gaines fall through last minute, veteran Angel Hernandez was thought to have been the replacement just to back out as well leaving matchmakers looking for potential fighters willing to fight for the Texas title versus a live dog. No Pun intended. Who will step up to the challenge? As for Del Bosque, he continues to try and stay fight ready for anyone willing up for the challenge. He has picked up 2 great wins with his last one being an explosive knockout over previously undefeated Crescencio Ramos in Dallas this past June.
The fights will go on. Expect Knockouts, cold drinks, hot food, and lovely Ring Card girls. Overall good local boxing action. See you there!
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