By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Robert Hughes
Hector Vazquez (12-1, 2KO) and Anthony Lenk (14-3, 7KO) went blow for blow for the Texas super welterweight title in the main event of the Standing 8 Promotions at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Each fighter had their moments in the fight with the heavy handed southpaw Lenk landing the bigger blows while Vazquez relied on his speed and combinations in spurts. In the end, Vazquez retained his title squeaking out a majority decision 77-75 twice and 76-76.
With the fight hanging in the balance, Vazquez pulled it out in the last round with a flurry of punches as Lenk stopped throwing his big bombs. Vazquez clearly won the last round; otherwise the fight’s a draw.
In the early rounds, Lenk was landing his powerful left hand flush on the face of Vazquez and appeared too strong for the veteran Vazquez. As the fight wore on, Vazquez picked up the pace and with his nose bloodied from the early shots of Lenk, he started landing his combinations while avoiding further damage.
Jon Baladez vs. James DeHerrera
Super featherweight Jon Baladez (4-0, 2KO) stopped the game but overmatched James DeHerrera (3-1, 3KO) at 52 seconds of the 2nd round with a flood of punches in front of DeHerrera’s corner for the TKO victory. Baladez landed several powerful shots before Referee Robert Chapa could get in there and stop the beating. Baladez also dropped DeHerrera with a left hook in the 1st round.
Mike Tufariello vs. David Hance
Super middleweight Mike Tufariello (3-0-1, 3KO) only needed to land a couple of left handed bombs to first hurt and then stop the outclassed David Hance (0-1). The first one dropped Hance early in the 1st round as Hance fell against the ropes and with his legs tangled, Hance barely got to his feet to beat the count. Once he did, Tufariello went right for the kill and landed the second powerful left hook that flattened Hance as referee Neal Young immediately waived it off for the KO at 1:17 of the 1st round.
Larry Smith vs Joey Dunmoodie
In a 4 rounder, middleweight Joey Dunmoodie (6-2, 2KO) won a competitive unanimous decision against journeyman Larry Smith (10-19-1, 7KO). Smith started off strong in the 1st round, but Dunmoodie stayed busier most of the fight landing hard combinations and won going away. Smith, a showman, seemed more interested in entertaining the crowd then wining the fight. All three judges scored it 40-36 for Dunmoodie.
Tony Lopez vs Quincy Wesby
Super bantamweight and local fan favorite Tony Lopez (8-0, 3KO) easily out boxed Quincy Wesby over 4 rounds to win a unanimous decision. Lopez landed combinations to the head and body of Wesby who never mounted much of an offense. Lopez tried to knock him out, but an awkward Wesby made it difficult. All 3 judges scored it 40-36 for Lopez who remained undefeated with the win.
Johnathan Ramirez vs. Constantino Martinez
Light middleweights Johnathan Ramirez (2-0, 1KO) and Constantino Martinez (0-1) each hit the canvas in this entertaining four round affair. Ramirez was dropped in the 1st round by a powerful right hand and returned the favor in the 2nd round when he dropped Martinez with a left hook. Ramirez controlled the 3rd and 4th round and earned the unanimous decision by scores of 38-36 twice and 39-36.
Tobias Rice vs Thanasis Michaloudis
In the opening fight of the evening, heavyweights collided in a four round battle. Thanasis Michaloudis (7-0, 6KO) landed the bigger blows on Tobias Rice (4-10) to earn the unanimous decision. Michaloudis dropped Rice at the beginning of the 4th round, but Rice was able to get back to his feet before the 10 count. The judges scored it 40-36 and 40-35 twice.