By Robert Hughes at ringside
Photos: Robert Hughes
North Texas Standing 8 Promotions put on a rockin’ good show Saturday night at the Arlington Convention Center. On-site coordinator Scott Wedge gave DFW’s hard-core boxing fans an excellent night of boxing that featured several outstanding young fighters from the greater Dalls-Fort Worth area winning action packed fights.
In the main event, middleweight Jesse “The Dallas Kid” Lara (16-3, 10 KO) lost as the favored fighter against Don Mouton (10-4-1, 9 KO) of Houston.
After going more than three years without a fight Mouton looked like he’d spent the entire time lifting weights and running over mountains. The man is ripped from head to toe. But we’ve all seen that before. A strong fighter looking scary and cut from fine marble before the bell rings only to be broken like cheap glass by a seemingly weaker opponent. Not Don Mouton, who was dominant from the outset, snapping back Lara’s head repeatedly, which is very impressive based on Lara’s neck size and previous fights. When Lara connected it made no difference. Mouton could have taken what The Dallas Kid had all night long.
Lara, a DFW favorite for his powerful style and quick knock-outs, looked tired, without direction and completely overmatched by the bigger, stronger and faster Mouton, who kept Lara on the ropes and on his heels for most of the fight.
The co-main featured Maple Avenue Boxing Gym’s brightest professional star in welterweight Maurice Hooker (5-0-1) easily dropping Joel Vargas (3-8-1) of Kansas City, Kansas. In short bursts Hooker’s hands were moving incredibly fast and at the end of his incredibly long arms those hands were scary. Vargas had no answers and tried in vain to stay away from Hooker. Not a chance, as Hooker forced the issue until Vargas fell into the ropes a second and last time.
The undercard included super featherweight Alexander Lopez (2-3) of Fort Worth stopping Luis Zarazua (3-1-1) of McAllen, Texas.
Maple Avenue’s Alex Saucedo (5-0) squeaked out a majority decision against Donald Ward of Memphis in a welterweight fight that one judge scored 38-38 and the two others scoring the first and last rounds in contrast to each other. Fightnews.com at ringside scored the bout a draw.