Errol Spence on FOXSPORTS1 April 18

North Texas’ own 2012 Olympian, Errol Spence, Jr., steps back into the ring April 18, his second fight of the year. Spence (11-0, 9 KO's) tangles with Raymond Charles (12-2-2, 5 KO's) from El Campo, TX. The bout is scheduled to be televised live on FOXSPORTS1, beginning at 9pm CST, from the Illusions Theater in San Antonio, TX. 

Team Spence initially made an offer to former world title challenger and participant on the boxing reality series "The Contender", Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KO's), but the veteran apparently didn't fancy his chances. Can't say I blame him. 

"E.J." is on the short list of elite young prospects in the game; he's looking to leave in indelible imprint on 2014, and will make an example out of Charles on April 18th.


Black Gloves’ SPRING BREAK KNOCKOUT, Saturday April 12

This Saturday, April 12, Black Gloves Promotions presents "Spring Break Knockout", from Gilley's Southside Ballroom in downtown Dallas.

In the main event, Charles "The Future" Hatley (22-1-1, 15 KO's) battles the gritty Saul Roman (37-10, 31 KO's). Roman brings a wealth of experience to this bout, having fought a who's who of super welterweights and middleweights over his 14 year pro career. He has wins over Kassim Ouma, Yori Boy Campas, Richard Gutierrez, and Jose Pinzon. Roman has also squared off with the likes of middleweight champion of the world, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez", Jesus Soto-Karass, Marco Antonio Rubio, Yuri Foreman, Gabriel Rosado and Curtis Stevens. 

Nearly three years ago, Roman dropped 2004 United States Olympian, Vanes Martirosyan, but eventually lost in a bid for the vacant WBC light middleweight title. To say the least, this is a formidable foe for Hatley.

Also on the card will be Greg "Bad News" Corbin, Greg "The Technician" Hatley, Jr., LaDell Williams, and others. Special guests to be in attendance are Dallas Cowboy's Dez Bryant, Duane Harris, NFL Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders, and boxer Mario Lozano.


Samuel Clarkson on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”, April 11th

North Texas' own, Samuel Clarkson will be throwing hands April 11 on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights". Clarkson (10-2, 6 KO's), also known as "Alex", will be facing Philly fighter, Jesse Hart (12-0, 10 KO's). The live broadcast begins at 9PM CST, from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Lost Wages, err, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Obviously, both combatants can bang and the winner will instantly propel his career with an impressive win in front of a live television audience. With all due respect to Mr. Hart, NTB's rolling with Clarkson.   
We wish the very best of luck to you, Alex. Bring it home, baby!


CKO3 Results / April 5, 2014 / Fort Worth, Texas

Bout 6 / Main Event
Oscar Mojica, 4-0, Dallas, TX def Elio Ruiz, 1-4, Round Rock , TX by TKO, :43 sec, Rd 2

Bout 5 / Co-Main Event
Enver Halili, 6-0, Ft Worth, TX def John Revish, 10-10-2, Baton Rouge, LA by TKO, 1:58, Rd 3

strong>Bout 4
Hector Valdez, 1-0,  Dallas TX def David Almendarez, 0-1, McKinney, TX by TKO, 2:21, Rd 1

Bout 3
Francisco Cruz, 2-0, Ft Worth, TX def Casey Phelps, 0-1 Tulsa, OK by Unanimous Dec

Bout 2
George Rincon, 1-0, Carrollton, TX def Jimmy Flick, 0-1, Sand Springs, OK by Unanimous Dec

Bout 1
Cody Fuller, 1-0, Tulsa, OK def Rockne Harris, 0-1, Mesquite, TX  by Majority Dec


Bud Light Pro Fight Series Gets Supercharged in 2014
With Two Title Fights at One Event, Including ONE WBC!

With two title Fights, including a WBC Intercontental SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT Title Fight and a Texas Super Middle Weight Title Fight, as well 8 other thrilling bouts, Standing 8 Promotions’ Bud Light Pro Fight Series is one month away and already anticipated to be the most electrifying boxing event to hit the  DFW Metroplex in decades.

With three quarters of the tickets already sold, a whole month before the 2014 Bud Light Pro Fight Series begins at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in Fort Worth, TX, Standing 8 Promotions has already added approximately 400 seats in response to the excitement level for the April 26th event.  [read more]


Clarkson Off PAP’s Benefiting Punching Out Parkinson’s March 22 Show, Signs with Top Rank

Paulie Ayala Promotions’ PR Director Jeff Zimmerman notified North Texas Boxing that super middleweight Samuel Clarkson (10-2 6KO’s) of Cedar Hill, TX was scratched from the March 22 fight card at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Zimmerman reported Clarkson has signed with Top Rank for an ESPN show scheduled April 11 against Philadelphia, PA’s up and coming prospect Jesse Hart (12-0 10KO’s) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas the evening before the Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley rematch.


Interview with Jesse Rodriguez, Calvary Knock Out Promoter
CKO promoter Jesse Rodriguez (2nd from left), CKO announcer Adrian Garza (r) and the CKO ring girls.

During my interview with Jesse, it was obvious he has a love and a passion for boxing first, but he also cares about young fighters and grooming them so they might reach “the next level”. Whatever that may be. However, as he stated in the interview, he is striving to take CKO to the next level. CKO2 is scheduled for Saturday, March 8, in Ft. Worth. (See posters top right of site.)

NTB: Where were you born? Raised? Where do you consider home?
JR: Born & raised in La Mesa, TX, came to Ft Worth at age 18. Consider Ft Worth home. Boxed in La Mesa, saw all the Ft Worth fighters on TV, decided to come to Ft Worth to make it big boxing. Looked up Dave Gorman when I got here and started training at his gym, Donald Curry was there at the time.

Met & became closer friends with Joe Ponce Jr. (current USA Boxing’s LBC #26, president & head coach of Lonestar Spartan Boxing Club) who talked me out of turning pro and going to work for him in the transmission business. I stayed with him 19 years.  [read more]


Legacy Fighting Championship 28

Legacy Fighting Championship returned to North Texas featuring the LFC Middleweight Championship bout between Bubba Bush & Rakim Cleveland. The first LFC card was November 2009 in their home base of Houston, Texas where most of their events are held. Including the Legacy Amateur Fighting Series, this is LFC’s seventh trip to North Texas. Next month for the first time, LFC will venture out of state to Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Visit www.legacyfights.net for tentative fight card.)


Pat Miletich (center & The Voice).

LFC Ring Announcer Collin Cantrell.

Legacy Fighting Championship an up and coming MMA promotion is broadcast nationally by AXS TV, (www.axs.tv). Calling the action at ringside for AXS TV was former MMA fighter turned broadcaster Pat Miletich and the voice himself, Michael Schiavello. Directing traffic in the ring was the great Collin Cantrell who did a superb job despite minor sound technical difficulties, the only glitch of an otherwise topnotch MMA experience.

Bush sinks an arm bar on Cleveland.

Main Event / LFC Middleweight Championship / AXS TV Bout 6
Bubba Bush (College Station, TX) vs Rakim Cleveland (Des Moines, IA)
Going into the night’s middleweight championship fight Bubba Bush had all the momentum and confidence of a seasoned pro. But standing in front of this former collegiate wrestler was a much taller and elusive Rakim Cleveland. Bush had an early takedown and top control and what seemed to be a fight ending arm bar that Cleveland somehow got out of. Bush then got another takedown, top control, side control and a full mount at rounds end. After a groin kick that Cleveland needed all 5 minutes to recover from, Bush picked up where he left off with top control that he slipped into a rear naked choke. The end came at 1:33 of the second round as Bush retained his title and improved to his record to 7-2 while Cleveland drops to 9-5. (Referee Aladin Martinez)  [read more]


North Texas Boxing’s Top 15 Boxers of 2013

Back in 2008, North Texas Boxing dared to rate the multitude of excellent boxing talent in North Texas (of course) against each other, pound for pound. The method consisted and still does, querying NTB writers and photographers, using a simple mathematical computation, reconciling the numbers, and letting the totals determine the “Top 10”.  [read more]


EJ Dispenses Another

Perhaps you've been missing football, since the Seattle Seahawks 43-8 domination of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. If so, you've probably been dreading the absence of "Monday Night Football" as a sports option, as well. Monday, February 10th, FOXSports1 and Golden Boy Promotions had your back with a nationally televised card consisting of Dallas' own, Errol Spence, Jr., who fought in their co-main event from Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas.  [read more]


Hatley Wows With 1st Round KO

The Future.

Hatley rocks Suarez.

Suarez staggers backward.

Hatley moves in for the finish.

Suarez going, going…

Gone.

Charles "The Future" Hatley. The name means a lot of things to many boxing fans, in Dallas/ Ft. Worth. From "Love" to "Hate" and everything in between, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, it's as if you've been married to Charles Hatley, in some form or fashion.

If you're among those questioning whether "Charlie” (as he’s known to most of us) would ever fulfill his potential as a professional boxer, you weren't alone. Despite amassing a professional record of 21-1-1, 14 KO’s in six years, there have been whispers Charlie was more concerned with his nightlife than his boxing career. Justified or not, Hatley’s latest fight, January 18th, as the main event of Black Gloves Promotions' "New Years Knockout", from the Palladium at Gilley’s, signaled it just may be time to put those doubts to rest. In attendance for the festivities was none other than Adrien “The Problem” Broner, former United States Olympians, Luis Yanez and Errol Spence and Dallas Cowboys punt returner, Duane Harris.  [read more]


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