Undefeated prospect Tony Lopez (5-0, 2KO’s) of Fort Worth, Texas put on a boxing clinic against Eric Lainez (1-1-1) from El Salvador Friday night at the College Park Center on the University of Texas at Arlington campus. After several rounds in this scheduled four round match with Lopez in command, Lopez caught Lainez with a quick right hand and he put him on the canvas. After the count, the fight continued and Lainez was able to survive and finish the fight. Lopez went on to win by unanimous decision with all the score cards reading 40-35. He was coming into this fight with a big knockout on June 15th against Jonathan Hernandez on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia/Juan Manuel Lopez Top Rank fight at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. After the fight, Lopez spoke with NTF and said “After the first round, I was just feeling him out, then I took control of the fight and I tried to end it quick but it didn’t work, but I got the job done.” Lopez is scheduled to fight again in August on the next edition of the Standing 8 Promotions fight card.
In an exhibition of outstanding technical boxing between both fighters, it had to go to bantamweights Oscar Mojica (2-0) from Dallas and Alex Hipolito (1-1, 1KO) from Lubbock, Texas. Mojica who has been training out of the Ring of Hope in Dallas, Texas which is run by head trainer Hector Pena, transformed himself when he stepped into the ring.
After the bell rang for the first round, the crowd quickly got into the fight as both fighter started landing sharp jabs, combinations, hooks, uppercuts, body punches and at the same time using defense to control the fight. In the second round, Mojica connected with a nice stiff right hand, to the delight of the crowd, and followed it up with several counter punches against the swift Hipolito. In the third, Hipolito got in a smooth uppercut on Mojica while both fighters were in close. Mojica then started using his quick jab and followed it up with a hard punch to the body of Hipolito. In the final round, both fighters probably knew it was close, so they started to land even harder punches. Mojica got in another punch to the body, then Hipolito countered with a left and a right hand and then went after Mojica. Mojica then landed two more body punches and they went toe to toe as the crowd went crazy until the bell sounded. Mojica went on to win by unanimous decision as the cards read 40-36, 40-36, 39-37. Congratulations go out to both fighters for fight of the night.
Featherweight James De Herrera (2-0, 2KO’s) of Fort Worth took on Heron Saucedo (0-2) of McKinney, Texas in what was to be a scheduled four rounds. As soon as the bell sounded they both went at it toe to toe with De Herrera getting the best of the exchanges. The action then continued in the second round as De Herrera quickly landed a flurry of heavy punches to the countering Saucedo. It didn’t take long before Saucedo’s nose was bleeding as they went toe to toe again in the middle of the ring. De Herrera then started pounding Saucedo in the corner and Saucedo took a knee to the canvas and the fight was stopped at 2:41 of the second round.
In one of the quicker fights of the night, super middleweight Mike Tufariello was making his pro debut against Kyle Fancher of Dallas, Texas. The southpaw Fancher had his game face on just before the bell, which made it look like fists were about to fly. Fists did fly and Tufariello landed a right hand to the head of Fancher in the corner, and Fancher gestured for him to “come on.” Tufariello then landed a quick right and left to the head of Fancher and he went down. He quickly got up and then as he moved to the other side of the ring, Tufariello landed a vicious right hand to the body and Fancher hit the canvas clinging to his side in excruciating pain. He stayed down for approximately ten minutes. The fight was stopped at 1:54 of the first round.
In the welterweight division, Mike Lemelle (2-0) took on the tough Dante Solano from Amarillo, Texas in his pro debut. Lemelle quickly started to establish his jab as he forced the countering Solano around the ring in the first two rounds. As the third round began, Solano’s corner was telling him to get busy and after countering well in the round, he finally landed a nice left hand just before the bell sounded. After countering most of the fight, Solano lost the fight by unanimous decision, 40-36 on all three cards.
It didn’t take long for Travelle Mazion (2-1, 2KO’s) to end the night for Jerry Fuentes (2-3). After landing a right hand, Fuentes went down to the canvas and right after he recovered, Mazion landed a massive right hand and the fight was over. TKO at 24 seconds of the first round.
Middleweight Raymond Gattica (13-1, 7KO’s) of Austin, Texas took on Juan Manuel Reyna (4-2, 2KO’s). The southpaw Gattica quickly started to impose his will on the game Reyna in the second round as he began to land his jab and big body punches. In the third round, Reyna managed to land a right hand, but the punishment by Gattica continued as he pounded Reyna around the ring. Also in the third, Reyna’s mouthpiece came flying out after taking a big punch by Gattica. In the last round, Gattica started pounding Reyna on the ropes and the fight was stopped by TKO at 2:41 of the fourth round.