By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: Robert Hughes
Former 2008 Mexican Olympian Alternate Jr Middleweight Hector “El Diamante” Vasquez (9-1, 2KO’s) pounded out a six round unanimous decision against the taller, chiseled Norman Allen (6-7, 3KO’s) at the packed Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas Saturday night with scores of 60-54, 59-55, and 60-54. The event was promoted by Standing 8 Promotions as part of their Bud Light Pro Fight Series.
Vasquez dominated every round using double and triple left hooks to the body and the head with an occasional upper cut to easily outpoint Allen. Allen had his moments in the 2nd and 4th round coming out the aggressor and landed some nice combinations, but that only seemed to energize Vasquez who would use his superior speed and footwork to take back control of the fight. Although Allen appeared to have the size and reach advantage on Vasquez, he was not able to do anything with it allowing Vasquez to continually get inside without much effort and land body shot after body shot.
In the last round, Vasquez stunned Allen with a triple left hook to the body, followed by shots to the head and tried to end the fight, but Allen withstood the onslaught and even landed an occasional counter of his own to the body of Vasquez. The fight ended with a wild exchange as both fighters were seeking the knockout, but instead they ended on their feet as Vasquez came out with the victory in front of his hometown fans.
Steve Guitirrez vs. Ricardo Valencia
Featherweight Ricardo Valencia (3-3) landed his left hook all night and an occasional overhand right to win a unanimous decision over Steve Guitirrez (4-3, 2KO’s). Guitirrez had no answer for the awkward but effective Valencia, who would land his shots from all angles.
Guitirrez tried to get inside and when he did he was able to land some nice combinations to hold Valencia at bay, but in the end it wasn’t enough, as Valencia won easily on the scorecards 59-55, 60-54, and 59-55.
Manuel Rubalcava vs. Tony Lopez Jr
Hot Dallas-Fort Worth Featherweight prospect Tony Lopez Jr (2-0, 1KO) had a tough time early figuring out the wild but game Manuel Rubalcava (0-1), but once he did, he showed why he has a bright future winning a four round unanimous decision of 40-36 from all three judges.
Rubalcava came out aggressive and landed some shots to the head of Lopez in the 1st round, but once Lopez settled down, he used his speed and picked his spots to land right hooks to the head and body shots that slowed Rubalcava down the rest of the fight.
Afterwards it was announced that Lopez will be fighting on the undercard of a Top Rank card in March at the WinStar Casino in Oklahoma which will also showcase Roberto Marroquin from Dallas, who lost to Guillermo Rigondeaux in his last fight for the WBA Super Bantamweight title.
Craig Callaghan vs. Hector Garza
Welterweight Craig Callaghan (4-0, 2KO’s) out of the UK who is now fighting exclusively in the U.S. and has the frame of a young Thomas Hearns, put in a workmanlike 4 rounds and easily won a unanimous decision over the outclassed Hector Garza (3-8, 2KO’s).
Callaghan stalked the defensive Garza all over the ring hoping he could open Garza up with one of his textbook one, two combos, but Garza was smart enough to stay away. Because of this, the fight lacked action and was more of a workout for the promising Callaghan. All judges scored the fight 40-36 for the still unbeaten Callaghan.
Joshua Burns vs. Chap Huggins
In a strange turn of events, Light Middleweights Joshua Burns (3-14-1) and Chap Huggins (6-0-1, 1KO) was declared a majority draw, 39-37 for Burns and 38-38 on the other scorecards after it was originally ruled an unanimous decision for Burns 39-37 twice, 40-36.
It wasn’t until after the next fight that the ruling was over turned by the commission as both fighters were asked to go back in the ring for the announcement to the dismay of the crowd. Per the commission, there was a mix-up on how the scores were being entered into the computer that provided the incorrect scores initially.
As far as the fight itself, it did appear Burns did enough to pull out the victory, although it was close. Huggins was moving forward throughout the fight and had his moments landing a few combinations, but it was Burns who landed the bigger shots with his lead left and overhand right.
Huggins, once a promising prospect, seemed to be thinking too much and just couldn’t let his hands go enough, but it was for good reason. For Huggins to be in the ring at all is a victory, as he hasn’t fought since August 2009, when he was diagnosed with cancer.
Arthur Trevino vs. Wilbert Mitchell
Local fan favorite Arthur Trevino (8-9, 4KO’s) demolished the gutsy Wilbert Mitchell (1-7) over 3 rounds and at the advice of the doctor the fight was stopped with Mitchell sitting on his stool.
The fight lasted a round too long as someone should have protected Mitchell from himself who somehow remained on his feet despite taking a pounding. After the win, Trevino was presented a lifetime achievement award by the promotion and officially retired.
Ledez Jones vs. Rigoberto Moreno
In a back and forth battle, Ledez Jones (1-1) and Rigoberto Moreno (0-1) went toe to toe to kick off the evening. Both landed big uppercuts and solid shots to the head and body, but Jones was a little busier escaping with a split decision victory to earn his first win as a pro. The scores read 39-37 twice for Jones and 39-37 for Moreno.
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In attendance at ringside were former World Champion Stevie Cruz, 2008 U.S. Olympian and undefeated pro Luis Yanez, and Super Bantamweight contender Roberto Marroquin.