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The Truth about Errol Spence
(By Sean Reed / Photos by S Reed & S Verbeek)

If not quite a household name, "Errol Spence" has increasingly resonated within professional boxing circles, the last few years. A byproduct of his run of U.S. amateur success, the 2012 London Olympics, positive feedback from his prizefights, the urban legend of his sparring exploits, the growing number of seasoned trainers impressed with his skill-set and demeanor, or all of the above, the name is obviously on your radar. Embarking on his 19th punch-for-pay contest, and co-main event status vs. Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18 KO's) on this Saturday's nationally broadcast, NBC's “Premier Boxing Champions” undercard (2PM CST on NBC), we'll sift through what's real and what's Memorex in the fistic existence of Errol "The Truth" Spence, Jr. the #10 ranked welterweight in the world by the IBF, WBA, WBC, and Ring Magazine.


(By Sean Reed)

This past Sunday, unified Middleweight champion of the world, Gennady Gennadyevich “GGG” Golovkin, moseyed on down yonder to Texas, as a special guest of Jerry Jones and “America’s Team”, our beloved Dallas Cowboys. The first time “Triple G’s” ever seen the sport played in person, in fact. Nonetheless, despite an unblemished record of 34 wins, no losses/draws (with 31 knockouts), even the mighty Golovkin himself could do nothing to prevent the Cowboys from suffering their sixth consecutive loss, this time to the Philadelphia Eagles, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

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Top Rank Shines at Deep Ellum’s Bomb Factory
(By Duane Steele)

Saturday, January 16, 2016, was an explosive evening at The Bomb Factory in Dallas’ Deep Ellum. Legendary promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank prepared a great card, sponsored by TECATE and RUIBAL’S PLANTS OF TEXAS. The venue was perfect, and there wasn’t a bad seat in the house.

The main event of the evening was all that it was hyped up to be featuring undefeated Lightweight Erick DeLeon hailing from Detroit, MI with a record of 11 and 0, with 5 of his victories being by way of knockout. DeLeon faced Fidel “Feroz” Navarrete, a 2011 Chicago Golden Glove Champion from Highland, IN, (8-1-2, 4 Kos). This was also Deleon’s first televised fight. From the opening bell, DeLeon was on a mission landing a barrage of rights and lefts; finally, 2 minute and 18 seconds into the first round after a devastating right hook, Navarette was face down on the canvas. The performance of the main event culminated a great night of boxing in Dallas, TX, thanks to Top Rank Boxing promotions.

The seven-bout fight card began with a bang, with an exciting up and comer “Marvelous” Jarvis Sheppard (1-0,1KO) from Dallas, TX making his pro debut in the Super Welterweight class against Nubian “The Spirit” Houston from Shreveport, LA, (0-2). Sheppard wasted no time whooping up on Houston. One minute and 31 seconds into the second round, Sheppard landed a hard right hook and Houston was down for the count.

As the action continued, the fourth bout of the night brought more excitement. Famed trainer Robert Garcia featured another Super Welterweight new comer to the pro ranks by  the name of Alexander Besputin, originally from Krasnoyarsk, RUS with a record of (1-0, 1 KOs). Besputin’s opponent was K’Lon “Hands of Stone” Spencer out of Beaumont, TX, (4-3, 3 KOs). Besputin kicked off the first round with a wicked right, slipping a counter punch from Spencer with a nice side step to the left. In the second round, it appeared that Spencer was going to show that he came to fight, however, 30 seconds into the third round Besputin hit Spenser with a hard body shot which caused him to take a knee. After a 10 count by the referee, this bout was over and Besputin was the victor.

The fifth bout was the Bantamweight, and the most talked about fight of the night, featuring Red Oak, TX Police Officer, Johnny “The Law” Determan, Jr. (10-0, 8 KOs). His opponent Oscar Mojica out of Dallas, TX, (8-1, 1 KOs) was considered to be the underdog, but from the beginning of the opening round, this proved not to be the case. With a consistent show of force, Mojica stayed in charge never allowing Determan a fighting chance. After 6 rounds of action, it went to the score cards for a unanimous decision in favor of Mojica, improving his record to (9-1, 1 KOs), and giving Determan his first loss.  

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Top Rank Boxing at Dallas’ Bomb Factory
(Press Release)

 (DALLAS, TEXAS) -- Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s TOP RANK BOXING comes to THE BOMB FACTORY in Dallas,
live Saturday, January 16, 2016. Arum will be showcasing his top prospects as well as many local favorites on the first ever-- BOMB FACTORY FIGHT CLUB card.

The Bomb Factory is located in Deep Ellum section of Downtown Dallas at 2317 Canton Street. The event is being sponsored by TECATE and RUIBAL’S PLANTS OF TEXAS.

Headlining the seven-bout card will be undefeated and #8 World Ranked Heavyweight ANDY RUIZ (26-0, Los Angeles). Ruiz will be taking on highly regarded veteran DANNY BATCHELDER (31-11, Phoenix) in a ten-round, main event. Featured in a semi-main event bout will be former Russian Olympian and now #12 world ranked middleweight, MATT KOROBOV, 24-1. Undefeated lightweight, ERIC DE LEON (11-0), will be featured on an action-packed undercard. Dallas bantamweight, OSCAR MOJICA, a former 2-time Texas Golden Gloves champ and Fort Worth’s undefeated super welterweight, JOHN VERA (11-0), headline an exciting undercard.  

TICKETS for the Bomb Factory Fight Club event are priced at $83 VIP Floor, $63 Ringside, $43 Reserved, and $28General Admission. Tickets are on sale now at

The Internationally televised event will be broadcast live on the UniMas Network in the United States.

Arum has promoted the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, and many other great champions during legendary career. Most recently in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, his Top Rank, Inc. presented HBO Boxing events featuring boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium (2010) and “2014 Fighter of the Year,” Terrence Crawford, at UTA’s College Park Center (April, 2015).

“I can’t begin to tell you how excited we are about Top Rank Boxing coming to The Bomb Factory,” said Arum, from his Las Vegas offices. 

“We believe this is truly one of the best smaller boxing venues in the country. With a capacity around 2,000, every fan has a great view-- not just on the floor, but from the balcony as well. Our desire to establish the Bomb Factory Fight Club there in Dallas as a continuing series of events."

Lester Bedford l SPOT, Inc. 
Sports Promotions of Texas, Inc. 
T: 817.296.4546


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No Lie, Errol "The Truth"  Spence Fights in Dallas November 28th.
(By Sean Reed)

It's been a long time coming, but at last, highly touted prospect, Errol "The Truth" Spence, will throw hands in his home city of Dallas, Saturday, November 28th! The 2012 U.S Olympian will square off with  Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18 KO's) live on NBC's "Premier Boxing Champions" card which begins at 2PM CDT, from The Bomb Factory in downtown Dallas.