Hector “El Diamante” Vazquez 10-1 2 KO’s of Irving returned after a hand injury that required surgery to win the Texas State Super Welterweight Title over Larry “Slomoshun” Smith 10-17 7 KO’s of Dallas Saturday night in Arlington. The excitement started with elaborate entrances from both. Smith came to the ring with a local rapper while the lights went off and returned with a mariachi band for Vazquez. The contest started out as a feel-out process between both fighters until straight right hands from Smith found their mark in the second. Vazquez turned it on in the third with dazzling multiple punch combinations that took Smith out of his rhythm. A game Smith hung in there but the rest of the fight looked the same. In the end two of the judges scored the bout 80-72 while the third had it 79-73.
When asked about his future Vazquez stated “I am excited to be back. The support from my friends, family and fans has been great. I am ready now to move forward and achieve my goal of winning a world title. I will stay in the gym after this one as I am excited to announce that I will return on October 12, 2013 here in Arlington, TX.”
Emerging top Fort Worth prospect Juan Antonio Lopez moved to 6-0 3 KO’s with a monstrous overhand right over game and battle tested Ricardo Valencia 4-4 1 KO of Houston in a scheduled 6 round contest. Lopez entered the contest to the strong vocal support of attendees. Once the bell rang, Valencia did not pay attention as he pressed the action. Lopez countered the forward moving Valencia while defending against body shots and straight rights. Valencia seemed to pick up momentum in the third round until counter overhand right ended things at the end of the third. The tough Valencia put on a game effort and picked up new fans in the process. Lopez said of the fight “Valencia is a tough guy. I am happy with my performance. I look forward to returning in October in another fight where my opponent will come after me”.
Other action on the card saw Kendo Castaneda 5-0 1 KO of San Antonio and of the band of battling Castaneda brothers out boxed the always game Alexander Lopez 6-6 of Fort Worth over four rounds. Popular Carrolton Super Middleweight Mike Tufariello moved to 2-0 with 2 KO’s with a third round TKO over Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Chris Barnes. James De Herrera moved to 3-0 3 KO’s with a wild and exciting 2nd TKO over capable Kashif Solarin 0-1of Fort Worth. Ann Wolfe trained Trevelle Maison moved to 3-0 3 KO’s with a first round TKO of Terrance Roy 9-37 of Atlanta, GA. The contest was stopped by referee Robert Chappa after Terrance Roy suffered 6 knockdowns. In the opening contest, Martinez Porter 1-3-3 of battled Errol Sidney 1-1-2 in a battle of Arlington residents to a four round draw.
The event saw Top Rank Promotions Prospect Roberto Marroquin, recent Golden Boy Promotions signee Heider Castandeda and UFC battler James Vick in attendance. The event was held at the exciting Cowboys Dance Hall in Arlington, TX. The event promoter Standing 8 Promotions, will return to the venue on October 12, 2013. It was the promotions 8th card which was held to celebrate its one year anniversary. The event was attended by an estimated 1500 people.