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Havoc in Houston

By Peter Lim

Bantamweight Miguel Flores, 2-0 (2 KOs), fights his third pro bout in as many months on Friday, Oct. 23 at the Houston Hobby Marriot Hotel in Houston, Texas. Coincidentally, it will be on the same night Al Seeger, 28-4 (22 KOs), returns to the ring in Laredo, Texas, for the first time since his tragic April 30 bout against Benjamin Flores, Miguel’s older brother. Benjamin Flores, 19-3 (6 KOs), died on May 5 from brain injuries sustained in his bout against Seeger for the NABF super bantamweight title. An accomplished amateur, Miguel Flores, 17, decided to turn pro not in spite of what happened to Benjamin, but in honor of him. “I think (Benjamin) would say, ‘I know you can do it,’ because he believed in me and knew what I was I was capable of doing,” Flores said in the Oct. 20, 2009 issue of The Houston Chronicle.

The main event will feature a cross-town heavyweight duel between Eugene Hill, 18-1 (15 KOs) and Robbie McClimans, 7-5-2 (2 KOs). Both fighters are regular fixtures on the Houston boxing scene. Hill is coming off a fourth-round KO over Joseph Harris two weeks ago, while McClimans’ last fight was a six-round decision win over Billy Willis in September. The card will also showcase a lineup of local up-and-coming talent the likes of lightweight Jesus “Torrito” Rodarte, 4-0 (2 KOs), cruiserweight Craig Baker, 8-0 (7 KOs), junior welterweight Carlos Patina, Jr., 1-0 (1 KO), and lightweight Chris Hernandez, 3-1 (3 KOs). The event will also include four mixed martial arts bouts. The fights, billed Havoc in Houston, will be staged by Chris Henard Promotions.

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