ERROL SPENCE, JR. IMPRESSES WITH RESOUNDING UD OVER RONALD CRUZ
Dallas’ own EJ Spence (l).

LAS VEGAS (June 27, 2014) - Undefeated Errol Spence, Jr. didn't lose a round and may have made the transition from prospect to contender in a dominating unanimous decision victory (100-90 three times) over the durable Ronald Cruz in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  [read more]


Spence Headlines SHOBOX, Friday, June 27
EJ.

You always remember your firsts in life, and boxing is no different; first amateur bout, first win, first stoppage, etc. Those same moments are even more special if a fighter is blessed to take his talents to the professional level. 

2012 United States Olympian, Errol Spence, Jr., has had many such moments in his young, yet illustrious career, with the biggest moment yet, occurring this weekend. Spence (12-0, 10 KO's) will be headlining his first nationally televised card Friday, June 27th, in the main event of Showtime's "SHOBOX - The New Generation" (8:25PM Central Standard Time), live from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

SHOBOX rarely provides gimme bouts for headliners and Friday will be no exception, as Spence squares off with Ronald Cruz (20-3, 15 KO's). Cruz has never been stopped, most recently lost a close decision to Kermit Cintron, has a win over Prenice Brewer and a split decision loss to Antwone Smith. Spence, also known as "E.J.", has been chomping at the bit, to mix it up with higher caliber opposition. Offers were made to former "Contender" contestant, Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KO’s), and Vernon Paris (28-1, 16 KO’s), to no avail, so kudos to Cruz for stepping up to the challenge. 

If the ever-ambitious “E.J.” manages to stop Cruz, it will signal to the boxing masses that he’ll be ready for title contention sooner, rather than later.


Comanche Boy Comes Off Canvas to Win by UD

Star Boxing and Oklahoma's popular middleweight contender, "Comanche Boy" George Tahdooahnippah (33-1-2) had to come off the canvas in the second round to score an action packed unanimous decision win over power punching Codale Ford, Friday night June 6, 2014 in XFN Fight Night 19 at the Grand Casino Hotel Resort in Shawnee, OK.  [read more]


Zuhdi TKOs Reis Retains WBU World Championship

Before a standing room only, packed house, WBU World Lightweight Champion Noah Zuhdi (18-1, 14 KOs), Oklahoma City, OK, USA, retained his world title on Friday, June 6, 2014, in Oklahoma City defeating Eduardo Pereira dos Reis (13-2, 8 KOs), Sao Paulo, Brazil by TKO in the 4th round. Reis did not answer the bell for the 5th round. In the 4th round, Zuhdi connected with several uppercuts and powerful right hands and left hooks which left a lasting impact, inflicting a punishing body attack on the game Reis which zapped the strength and will out of him. In the early rounds, Zuhdi connected with numerous jabs and combinations. Reis had his moments but Zuhdi was too strong for him and dominated every round. The stoppage was only Reis's second loss in 15 fights.  [read more]


Dick Cole Should be in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame

 

The Greatest and Uncle Dickie.

Time is running out to become a Nominating & Voting Member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame (TSHOF). If you want your vote to count to nominate & vote for Dick Cole to become a member of the TSHOF you must act BEFORE Friday, May 30. As soon as you become a member, you can nominate Uncle Dickie.

Even Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is helping, please go to this link:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rh6kemmh855snjp/U_ubXwD1gO

Please do the following:

  1. Go to this link & become at least a "$25 Level" member: http://tshof.org/become/25level/
  2. Attached is a Dick Cole Nomination Form approved by the TSHOF, please complete your personal information at the bottom.
  3. Email the form to: jay.black@tshof.org
  4. Dallas Morning News Sports Columnist Kevin Sherrington is a member of the TSHOF Selection Committee. Please ask he place Dick Cole on the TSHOF Nomination Ballot. His contact info: ksherrington@dallasnews.com and / or Twitter: @KSherringtonDMN.
  5. Go to the TSHOF Selection Committee page and contact the committee member in your area, or one you may know, or all of them and ask the same thing: http://tshof.org/info/selection/ .
  6. Please feel free to post the form & the Bob Arum video on your Facebook page.

Click Here to Download The Dick Cole Texas Sports Hall of Fame Nomination Form

PRO BOXERS TAKE TO THE RING FOR A GOOD CAUSE AT FIGHTNIGHT XXVI ON APRIL 24

The Real Estate Council to raise $1 million bringing 26-year tally to more than $23 million raised for community revitalization projects and networking programs

Another full-house crowd of more than 1,200 will be on hand when pro boxers take to the ring for a good cause as The Real Estate Councilhosts FightNight XXVI. The black tie extravaganza is Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight in the Hilton Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom and will feature exceptional cuisine, casino gaming, and Vegas-style entertainment, along with amazing networking with the who’s who of the commercial real estate industry.

FightNight has grown into one of North Texas’ largest philanthropic events, raising more that $23 million over the past 26 years to support The Real Estate Council Foundation and its good works. These funds are leveraged with the pro bono expertise of The Real Estate Council members to support projects impacting the foundation’s four target areas: affordable housing, education, economic development and the environment.  [read more]


Dick Cole to be Honored at Standing8 Promotions’ Bud Light Fight Series April 26
Amon Carter Hall, 3401 Lancaster Ave, Ft Worth, TX 76107

 

Dick Cole

Dick Cole (widely & affectionately known as Uncle Dickie) has devoted 66 of his 83 years to boxing; he started in the fight game as an amateur boxer at the age of 17. He is officially retiring from the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) April 30, 2014.

Uncle Dickie spent all 21 years with the TDLR in the Combative Sports Division as the Combative Sports Administrator / Manager. However, the INTERNATIONAL boxing community has long considered him “The Boxing Commissioner” of the State of Texas.  [read more]


Bud Light Pro Fight Series 2014 Supercharged With Two Title Fights at Amon Carter Exhibit Hall
WHAT: With two title Fights, including a WBC INTERCONTINENTAL SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT and a Texas Super Middle Weight Title Fight, as well 7 other exciting bouts, Standing 8 Promotions’ Bud Light Pro Fight Series 2014 is expected to be one of the most adrenaline-charged boxing events to hit the DFW in decades.

Fort Worth’s undefeated, highly promoted and praised Tony Lopez (9-0) will contend for the WBC Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Title against Mission, Texas’ (5-0-1) prized prize fighter Isaac Torres, who has 14 national titles and 4 world titles under his belt. This main event will be a true test of skill and power for two fighters already distinguished as Texas’ best.  [read more]


Errol Spence on FOXSPORTS1 April 18

North Texas’ own 2012 Olympian, Errol Spence, Jr., steps back into the ring April 18, his second fight of the year. Spence (11-0, 9 KO's) tangles with Raymond Charles (12-2-2, 5 KO's) from El Campo, TX. The bout is scheduled to be televised live on FOXSPORTS1, beginning at 9pm CST, from the Illusions Theater in San Antonio, TX. 

Team Spence initially made an offer to former world title challenger and participant on the boxing reality series "The Contender", Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KO's), but the veteran apparently didn't fancy his chances. Can't say I blame him. 

"E.J." is on the short list of elite young prospects in the game; he's looking to leave in indelible imprint on 2014, and will make an example out of Charles on April 18th.


Black Gloves Promotions April 12, 2014 Results
Charles Hatley (l).

Charles Hatley (154) vs Jose Alfredo Flores (154)
* Hatley wins by TKO round 5 @ 1:40

New Texas Heavyweight Champion Greg Corbin (l).

Gregory Corbin (270) vs Andrew Greely (244) (Texas Heavyweight Title)
* Corbin wins 80-70 x 3

Johnathan Steele (150) vs Booker Arthur (150)
* Steele wins 40-36 x 3

Ladell Williams (186) vs Desmond Fields (184)
* Williams wins TKO, round 2 @ 1.11

Greg Hatley Jr (174) vs William Johnson (171)
* Hatley Jr wins 60-54 x 3

Rodolfo Prez (171) vs Erik Gabriel Torres (164)
* Perez wins 38-36, 39-35, 39-37

Noe Bravo (124) vs Quincy Wesby (126.25)
* Bravo wins 39-37, 37-34, 38-38


Black Gloves’ SPRING BREAK KNOCKOUT, Saturday April 12

This Saturday, April 12, Black Gloves Promotions presents "Spring Break Knockout", from Gilley's Southside Ballroom in downtown Dallas.

In the main event, Charles "The Future" Hatley (22-1-1, 15 KO's) battles the gritty Saul Roman (37-10, 31 KO's). Roman brings a wealth of experience to this bout, having fought a who's who of super welterweights and middleweights over his 14 year pro career. He has wins over Kassim Ouma, Yori Boy Campas, Richard Gutierrez, and Jose Pinzon. Roman has also squared off with the likes of middleweight champion of the world, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez", Jesus Soto-Karass, Marco Antonio Rubio, Yuri Foreman, Gabriel Rosado and Curtis Stevens. 

Nearly three years ago, Roman dropped 2004 United States Olympian, Vanes Martirosyan, but eventually lost in a bid for the vacant WBC light middleweight title. To say the least, this is a formidable foe for Hatley.

Also on the card will be Greg "Bad News" Corbin, Greg "The Technician" Hatley, Jr., LaDell Williams, and others. Special guests to be in attendance are Dallas Cowboy's Dez Bryant, Duane Harris, NFL Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders, and boxer Mario Lozano.


CKO3 Results / April 5, 2014 / Fort Worth, Texas

Bout 6 / Main Event
Oscar Mojica, 4-0, Dallas, TX def Elio Ruiz, 1-4, Round Rock , TX by TKO, :43 sec, Rd 2

Bout 5 / Co-Main Event
Enver Halili, 6-0, Ft Worth, TX def John Revish, 10-10-2, Baton Rouge, LA by TKO, 1:58, Rd 3

strong>Bout 4
Hector Valdez, 1-0,  Dallas TX def David Almendarez, 0-1, McKinney, TX by TKO, 2:21, Rd 1

Bout 3
Francisco Cruz, 2-0, Ft Worth, TX def Casey Phelps, 0-1 Tulsa, OK by Unanimous Dec

Bout 2
George Rincon, 1-0, Carrollton, TX def Jimmy Flick, 0-1, Sand Springs, OK by Unanimous Dec

Bout 1
Cody Fuller, 1-0, Tulsa, OK def Rockne Harris, 0-1, Mesquite, TX  by Majority Dec


Bud Light Pro Fight Series Gets Supercharged in 2014
With Two Title Fights at One Event, Including ONE WBC!

With two title Fights, including a WBC Intercontental SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT Title Fight and a Texas Super Middle Weight Title Fight, as well 8 other thrilling bouts, Standing 8 Promotions’ Bud Light Pro Fight Series is one month away and already anticipated to be the most electrifying boxing event to hit the  DFW Metroplex in decades.

With three quarters of the tickets already sold, a whole month before the 2014 Bud Light Pro Fight Series begins at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in Fort Worth, TX, Standing 8 Promotions has already added approximately 400 seats in response to the excitement level for the April 26th event.  [read more]


Clarkson Off PAP’s Benefiting Punching Out Parkinson’s March 22 Show, Signs with Top Rank

Paulie Ayala Promotions’ PR Director Jeff Zimmerman notified North Texas Boxing that super middleweight Samuel Clarkson (10-2 6KO’s) of Cedar Hill, TX was scratched from the March 22 fight card at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Zimmerman reported Clarkson has signed with Top Rank for an ESPN show scheduled April 11 against Philadelphia, PA’s up and coming prospect Jesse Hart (12-0 10KO’s) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas the evening before the Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley rematch.


Interview with Jesse Rodriguez, Calvary Knock Out Promoter
CKO promoter Jesse Rodriguez (2nd from left), CKO announcer Adrian Garza (r) and the CKO ring girls.

During my interview with Jesse, it was obvious he has a love and a passion for boxing first, but he also cares about young fighters and grooming them so they might reach “the next level”. Whatever that may be. However, as he stated in the interview, he is striving to take CKO to the next level. CKO2 is scheduled for Saturday, March 8, in Ft. Worth. (See posters top right of site.)

NTB: Where were you born? Raised? Where do you consider home?
JR: Born & raised in La Mesa, TX, came to Ft Worth at age 18. Consider Ft Worth home. Boxed in La Mesa, saw all the Ft Worth fighters on TV, decided to come to Ft Worth to make it big boxing. Looked up Dave Gorman when I got here and started training at his gym, Donald Curry was there at the time.

Met & became closer friends with Joe Ponce Jr. (current USA Boxing’s LBC #26, president & head coach of Lonestar Spartan Boxing Club) who talked me out of turning pro and going to work for him in the transmission business. I stayed with him 19 years.  [read more]


North Texas Boxing’s Top 15 Boxers of 2013

Back in 2008, North Texas Boxing dared to rate the multitude of excellent boxing talent in North Texas (of course) against each other, pound for pound. The method consisted and still does, querying NTB writers and photographers, using a simple mathematical computation, reconciling the numbers, and letting the totals determine the “Top 10”.  [read more]


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