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Top Rank’s Big Night at Big D’s Bomb Factory
By Jeff Trevino

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 Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s TOP RANK BOXING put on one heck of a show at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. The venue was perfect for a fight as every seat in the house enjoyed an awesome view of the ring. The show televised on UniMas went on without a hitch; Tejano singer Rey Rena was on hand to sing the national anthem and our armed forces presence was an especially nice touch of the pre-fight ceremonies. {Editor’s note: Begs the question “Why doesn’t every show in DFW include our great men and women in uniform?”} As the show began, each fight flowed into the next as the fan-family friendly crowd looked on with anticipation! During and after the fight, fighters were seen mingling with the crowd, posing for photos, and signing autographs. A nice summer night ended in sizzling fashion as the card was every bit exciting as promised.

The Main Event of the evening featured former Interim WBO Super Lightweight World Champion Mike Alvarado from Denver, Colorado (36-4, 24 Kos) vs former United States Jr. Welterweight Champion, Josh “Pitbull” Torres (15-5-2, 7 KOs) from Albuquerque, New Mexico.                

This tough, grueling match saw Alvarado tentative in getting off shots the first three rounds while Torres was taking it to Alvarado’s body and closing out round three with a solid upper cut and a combination that left Alvarado searching for his opening. It wasn’t until the 4th round that Alvarado let his hands go, while Torres stood his ground during some of the exchanges. Mid-round Alvarado sent a vicious left uppercut that blooded Torres nose and a wicked straight left that sent Torres’ head backward. Torres walked back to the corner at the end of the 4th round, clearly trying to take in deep gasps of air, but only to find the blood flow was in the way. Round 5 found neither fighter took control, Alvarado picked up the pace in round 6 throwing combinations to the body and head, in round 7 Alvarado landed one heck of a right BOMB that sent the crowd into a frenzy. The fight ended with both fighters flaring at the sound of the 10-second bell with Alvarado winning by majority decision.

The co-main event was Ft. Worth’s own Brian Vera (23-11, 14 KOs), a former top-ten world contender who made it an exciting grudge match as he always does against the strong quick middleweight contender, Matt Korobov (26-1, 13 KOs). Korobov had Vera on a knee within the first round from a flash knockdown, and staggered him again with another straight left to the head and a left hook to the body. Korobov, who just seemed bigger and faster than the brawler Vera, managed to keep the pressure on throughout the night. Brian couldn’t seem to find the adjustment as Korobov’s left hooks and straight lefts that floored him again in the 2nd round. Korobov took control again in the 3rd round with combinations to the head with straight lefts and a right hook. The ever valiant Vera came back strong in the 4th that sent the crowd screaming as he pinned the 2-time Russian Olympian against the ropes with vicious head and body attack. Vera’s left eyed started to swell and bleed from a strong Korobov punch in the 5th that saw both men in big exchanges. At the beginning of round 6, both men engaged in an unintentional head-butt, and Korobov wowed the crowd with a right BOMB to Vera’s head. In the 8th and final round, Vera was dropped again with big punch that caused a cut on the right eye and seemed to bother him. The fight ended with both men flailing at the end of the final bell. This was a battle that fans appreciated. The winners was the crowd and the very impressive Matt Korobov  won a unanimous decision.

The undefeated Jr. Lightweight prospect Erick DeLeon (13-0, 7 KOs) from Detroit did not disappoint, as he battled Carlos Valcarcel (14-8-4, 5 KOs) from Puerto Rico in a Super Featherweight bout. It took Erick a round to get his feet under him but once he did, Valcarcel had no answer for the speed and combinations of DeLeon, ended the scheduled 8 round fight at 2:18 of the 6th with a TKO after Valcarcel took a knee from a body shot from which he never recuperated

The pro debut, from a fighter who looked every bit a seasoned pro, top prospect from Odessa, TX was Joey Alday Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) who fought H-Town’s Justin Henderson (0-3, KOs). Henderson took a knee in the second round as Alday punished his body and head, with a right to the top of the head. Alday’s defense and footwork looked sharp as Henderson tried to duck low and stay out of Alday’s long reach. It didn’t matter if they were at a distance or close up, as Alday took care of business at the 1:39 mark of the second round two by TKO. Alday told NorthTexasBoxing (NTB) pre-fight, “I’m happy to have the support of my family who are all in town. I’m feeling good and pumped and want to put on a show”. After the fight, Alday told NTB he would be moving back up to 154 lbs. where he plans to stay. 

In other action Janelson Bocachica’s (1-0) pro debut against Anthony Hill (1-17, 0 KOs) ended with a 4 round unanimous decision for Bocachica. During the fourth, Hill was mocking Bocachica and asking if he was out of breath, but this night found Hill to be the one who was ran out of gas and fight.

Dallas fighter Amon Rashidi (3-0, 2 KOs) clashed heads in round one with Amarillo’s Benjamin Vasquez (3-2-1, 3 Kos) that had both fighters bleeding; Vasquez was knocked down in round one, and eventually KO’d in the round by a straight right. Rashidi was the winner by KO at 2:24 of the first.

In the third bout of the evening, making his pro debut, was Alejandro Arnold (1-0) fighting Porfirio Arellano (0-3, 0 KOs). Arnold staggered Arellano with 10 seconds to go in the 4th and final round, with Arnold winning by UD.

Next up was Luis Caballero, making his pro debut (1-0, 1 KO) taking on Alejandro Guerrero (0-5). Luis Caballero took his record to 2 wins 2 KO’s as he closed the show at 1:45 of second with a TKO. 

Following that from Houston, Texas was Arturo Marquez (3-0, 3 KOs) in a Super Welterweight fight against Nubian Houston (0-4, 0 KOs) of Shreveport, LA. Arturo, son of former world champion Raul Marquez, looked sharp as he knocked Nubian down with a straight left in round one. Throughout Marquez used his feet and solid defensive skills as he pinned Nubian against the ropes and unleashed left hooks to the body straight left to the head. Round four saw Marquez throw a combination that staggered Nubian who tried to hold on to Marquez. The fight was stopped at 2:13 of the fourth and final round with Marquez a winner by TKO.