Promoter Dustin Haney of Standing 8 Promotions closes out the year this Friday with a knockout eight-bout “Mid-Cities Mayhem” card at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas. The main event showcases local star Jose Rodriguez (6-0, 2 KOs) of Dallas against hard punching Pablo Torres (6-5, 5 KOs) of El Paso by way of Juarez, Mexico in an eight-round battle for the vacant Texas lightweight title. Fighting on the road is nothing new for the veteran Torres, who went ten tough rounds with former WBO bantamweight champion Cruz Carvajal back in October 2011.
“I expect a tough battle!” Rodriguez said when asked about his opponent’s experience. “I am excited for this fight and to fight for the State title. The belt is the same title that my trainer (Hector Pena) held when he was pro. It means a lot to me and I will do everything to get it!”
British amateur standout Craig Callaghan (2-0, 2 KOs) of Liverpool, England makes his U.S. debut when he takes on the always tough James Harrison (2-1-1, 1 KO) of Marrero, Louisiana in a four-round welterweight contest. Callaghan turned pro earlier this year in Australia after ending his amateur career with multiple titles including the ABA national championship and the European Haringay Gold Cup.
Recently Callaghan signed with Standing 8 Promotions.
“This is the first athlete that we have signed to a long-term agreement,” said Haney. “I have seen the footage and really believe that he could become a superstar in the sport of boxing. We will see this Saturday because we are not matching him easy. James Harrison has extended tough guys in the past and he comes to fight!”
Former UFC fighter Aaron Rosa (with a 17-5 MMA record) of San Antonio makes his professional debut against amateur standout and fellow debutant Dominique Smith in a four-round heavyweight tussle. Both guys carry heavy hands in what has the makings of a slugfest.
It’s a grudge rematch between Fort Worth fighters when Arthur Trevino (7-8-3, 4 KOs) and Alexander Lopez (5-4, 1 KO) meet in a six round lightweight clash.
Former two-time Texas Golden Glove champion Duke “Too Pretty” Snyder (1-0) of Tyler goes toe-to-toe with former amateur standout Chris Nava (3-1, 2 KOs) of Fort Worth in a four-round cruiserweight battle.
“Mid-Cities Mayhem” will also feature the highly anticipated professional debut of 65-3 Fort Worth amateur Tony Lopez (campaigning as a jr. featherweight), the return of popular Fort Worth middleweight Chap Huggins (6-0-1, 1 KO) and former multiple-tournament amateur champion Regis Prograis (2-0) in a welterweight bout.
Fort Worth Mayor Richard Ward and Police Chief Steve Moore will be at ringside. The Hurst Convention Center is located ten minutes west of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on HWY 121 at 1601 Campus Drive. The doors open at 6p and the first bell is at 7:30p. Tickets are $27, $54 or $81 and available at www.standing8promotions.com and www.dfwboxing.com or by calling 1-877-725-8849.