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North Texas Boxing Beat: Hatley and

Sean Malone
07 May 2010
North Texas Boxing Beat: Hatley and
After whimpering through the end of 2009, boxing in North Texas has been on a feverish pace with a number of local promoters giving fans of the “sweet science” reason to cheer. This past week perfectly encompasses the boxing renaissance here in the DFW. Last week we had back-to-back nights of live prizefighting featuring some of the best and brightest local pugilists from the area.
Charles Hatley Captures Texas Junior Middleweight Title

Friday, April 30 @ The Palladium Ballroom, Dallas, TX
10 Round Texas Junior Middleweight Championship
Charles Hatley (11-0, 9 KOs) UD 10 Marcos Primera (20-21-2, 13 KOs)
Scores: 99-91, 99-91, 100-91

Oak Cliff’s Charles Hatley continued to prove why he is widely considered one of the best fighters to hail from Dallas with ten-round domination of grizzled fight veteran Marcos Primera.

Hatley came out strong early on, winging hooks and straight right hands that landed often to various exposed parts of Primera. Thought befuddled by a much hunger, stronger, and faster fighter, Primera continued to press the action, backing Hatley up on many occasions and forcing the Oak Cliff institution to use evasive maneuvers to avoid being trapped along the ropes. Still, Hatley was in no danger as he deftly avoided the charges of Primera to counter with salvo after salvo of vicious shots.

To his credit, Primera displayed an iron chin and had some very fleeting moments of success in the eighth when he managed to land a hard combination on Hatley but that moment was short lived and did nothing to slow Hatley’s dominance. In Primera, Hatley faced his toughest challenge as a professional fighter, in beating his foe with relative ease; Hatley further solidifies his claim as one of the games brightest young stars.

Undercard results:

4 Round Heavyweight Fight
Brent Urban (5-2-1 4 KOs) Draw Andrew Greeley (14-32-3, 8 KOs)
Scores: 39-37 (Greeley), 39-37 (Urban), 38-38

4 Round Featherweight Fight
Rafael Casias (2-3) SD Christian “Angel” Faz (0-2)
Scores: 39-37, 39-37, 37-39

4 Round Featherweight Fight
Julio Valadez (4-9-1) MD 4 Quince Wesby (1-1)
Scores: 39-37, 39-37, 38-38

Casey “The Wizard” Ramos Dominates Angel Rodriguez; Johnson Makes triumphant Comeback

Thursday, April 29 @ The Speedway Club at TMS, Fort Worth, TX
8 Round Featherweight Main Event
Casey Ramos (11-0, 4 KOs), Austin, UD 8 Angel Rodriguez (4-4-2), Houston
Scores: 80-71, 80-71, 80-71

Few prospects in the great state of Texas shine as brightly as Austin’s Casey “The Wizard” Ramos. The engaging boxer has the talent, and determination to one day capture the glory of a world title. Ramos’ career has accelerated greatly after pairing up with former world champion Paulie Ayala, and this past Thursday night, Ramos showed exactly why Ayala is so high on him.

Rodriguez is without a doubt, a tough, grizzled fighter, and it was clear that early on he sought to impose his will and strength on the younger Ramos. The fallacy in that strategy was that despite being the smaller fighter, Ramos is considerably strong; it is testament to his Spartan work ethic.

As Rodriguez worked to get inside and rough Ramos up, he was met with a salvo of wicked hooks and straight right hands, including one that dropped Rodriguez to the canvas in the opening round. Rodriguez would rebound from the knockdown to try and take the fight to Ramos, but “The Wizard” was too fast, too strong, and too slick.

While Ramos peppered Rodriguez with a wide and varying array of punches, credit must be given to Rodriguez who never gave in to his fate, despite being outclassed by Ramos in nearly every attribute. While Ramos was firmly in control of the fight from the opening bell, he was not immune to some of Rodriguez salvos which caused some swelling around the right eye of Ramos in the sixth and seventh rounds.

Though his face wore the marks of battle, Ramos stepped on the accelerator in the eighth and final round in an exciting attempt to finish of Rodriguez who spent the majority of the final three minutes covering up in a vain attempt to survive the onslaught.

In the end, the reading of the scorecards was nothing more than a formality as Ramos owned the fight. It was a solid win for the Austin prospect, and a commendable performance that left many in attendance salivating for more.

4 Round Heavyweight Co-Feature
Kirk Johnson (37-2-1, 27 KOs), Dallas, TKO 1 Douglas Robertson (3-24-2), Longview, TX
Time of the Stoppage: 1:45 mark in round one.

During the early 2000s, Canadian heavyweight Kirk Johnson was a touted heavyweight title contender. Wins over the likes of Oleg Maskaev and Larry Donald catapulted him to the limelight. Unfortunately, Johnson would fall short in his title shot against John Ruiz.

Injuries and distractions have kept Johnson out of the ring over the last four years, but Thursday he made his triumphant return blowing out Robertson in the first round. Robertson was brought in as the sacrificial lamb, and Johnson played the role of hungry lion.

This was less a fight, and more like a one-sided exhibition as Johnson battered Robertson from the opening bell, dropping the Longview fighter three times before the referee waived off the fight. Johnson has a power and a name, and in today’s tepid heavyweight waters that may be enough to get another crack at the title.

Undercard results:
4 Round Junior Welterweight Fight
Fernando Rodriguez (3-0, 2 KOs), Dallas, UD 4 Forrest Curry (2-5-1), Fort Worth
Scores: 39-36, 38-37, 39-36

4 Round Super Featherweight Fight
Christina Ruiz (5-2, 3 KOs), San Antonio, KO 2 Gerboria Mayfield (2-6), Columbus, MS
Time of KO: 0:43 mark in round two.

4 Round junior Lightweight
Alberto Romero (1-1-1), Austin, UD 4 Jose Ortiz (0-1), Fort Worth

Pro-Am Boxing Card Set For May 8 in Fort Worth

The Marshaw Jones Foundation in conjunction with Antonio Leonard Promotions and Premier Boxing Club have put together a 17 bout pro-am boxing card that will be taking place this Saturday at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

The card, dubbed "Fort Worth TKO", is shaping up to be less like a boxing card and more like an all day event. At least ten amateur boxing bouts will serve as a tasty appetizer for a very delicious six-bout professional fight card. The professional fight card is below:

Main Event – Junior Welterweight 6 Rounds
Hector Vasquez (4-1, 2 KOs), Dallas vs. Martin Gomez (3-4, 2 KOs), Baytown, TX – Former Mexican Olympian

Junior Welterweight 6 Rounds
Rogello Barron (12-6, 4 KOs), Ft. Worth vs. Josh Burns (3-8, 1 KO), Garland

Junior Lightweight 4 rounds
Miguel Buendia (2-1, 1 KO), Ft. Worth – 2X Ft. Worth Golden Glove Champion vs. Geraldo Alarcon (0-5), Mexico

Junior Middleweight 4 Rounds
Abel Hernandez (1-1), Dallas vs. Jerome Adams (2-2), Dallas

Junior Middleweight 4 Rounds
Fernano Castaneda (6-4, 3 KOs), Mexico vs. Corey Washington (2-3-1), Ft. Worth – Novice Ringside National Champion

Welterweight 4 Rounds
Ivan (Pitbull) Casteneda (2-1, 1 KO), Mexico vs. Adam Ealomos (0-0-1), Bryan, TX

Tickets are available at area Fiesta Grocery Stores.

Sean Malone is the owner and lead reporter for North Texas Fisticuffs, as well as a contributer to Undefeated Magazine.
Last Modified:
26 June 2010

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