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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.