It was an outstanding night of charity at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas this past Thursday and it benefited The Ring of Hope Boxing Gym in Dallas, Texas. It all came together with the hard work of the UR Hope Foundation, one of the many programs of the Dallas Leadership Foundation, and Dustin Haney of Standing 8 Promotions. The Ring of Hope Boxing Gym helps in the mentoring of athletes to become successful in life and the Dallas Leadership Foundation assists in developing disadvantaged communities in Dallas, Texas.
Because of these organizations and all the people involved, not only was it a successful night of charity, but it also brought a night of professional boxing to the Dallas area. Those in attendance were treated with six bouts of prize fighting boxers who left everything in the ring.
The main event went the full distance to the delight of the crowd as welterweights Cesar Vila (6-0) from Corpus Christi, Texas and Taronze Washington (16-17, 8 KO’s) from Dallas, Texas slugged it out for the UBS Texas Super Welterweight title. Cesar Vila, who was a last minute replacement on the card took full advantage of the opportunity as he out boxed veteran Taronze Washington for the title in a back and forth slugout.
In the Co-Main Event, Fort Worth’s Tony Lopez (9-0, 3KO’s) once again brought his A-Game to the ring as he moved around the ring like a cobra as he snapped his jab and followed it up with stiff straight left hands to his equally game opponent, Raymond Chacon (6-6). In the third round of this six round junior featherweight bout, the intensity of the fight picked up as Lopez began to land even more consistently with his jab. But the game Chacon held his own in this round and after the bell sounded, he walked to his corner with a confident look on his face. In the middle of the fourth round, after landing a stiff jab to the face of Chacon, the southpaw Lopez said “come on.” Lopez then continued to stalk the back pedaling Chacon around the ring until the bell sounded. Although the tough Chacon gave it his best, Lopez went on to win by unanimous decision. NTF caught up with Lopez after the fight and asked him how it felt fighting against another southpaw and he said “I have fought many southpaws in my amateur career, but this is my second fight with a south paw and it is a learning experience.” He went on to say that it is hard to put on a good show when not many punches are thrown and your opponent holds, but he will take the win. He also said “His talking didn’t bother me because I have heard it before, I knew my speed was faster than his from the very first round.” Look for the lightning speed of Lopez in April of this year on another Standing 8 boxing promotion.
In the super middleweight division, Marchristoper Adkins (2-1) from Dallas, Texas put on a great exhibition of boxing against the heavy handed Mike Tufariello (3-1-1, 3KO’s) from Carrollton, Texas. Although Tufariello had the reputation of landing heavy punches and knocking people out on one or more occasions, he had his hands full with Adkins. In the very first round, Adkins used his speed and reach to put Tufariello on the canvas not once, but twice, to the excitement of the crowd. At this point, it was certain that Adkins did not come to accept punches, but to inflict them. Throughout the fight, Tufariello forced the action, but Adkins used his boxing abilities to counter at will. Even when Tufariello was able to land a good punch, Adkins just shook it off and came back with combinations of his own. In the final round, Adkins continued with his boxing skills and finished by connecting two overhand rights on the tough Tufariello. Adkins went on to win by majority decision in a great exhibition of the sweet science. Keep your eye out for these two exciting middleweights.
The featherweight division showcased The Ring of Hope’ Chris Faz (3-2) from Dallas, Texas against the very tough Rigoberto Moreno (2-1) from Arlington, Texas. The tough Moreno came out looking for the knockout in this fight, but the southpaw Faz countered very well throughout the bout. In the third round, Moreno landed a huge right hand to the jaw of Faz and his mouthpiece came flying out. But this didn’t faze Faz, who came back at the middle of the round to land two consecutive uppercuts. In the final round, Moreno came out swinging with a serious look on his face as he attempted to land the knockout punch, but Faz continued to counter until the bell sounded. Faz went on to win by unanimous decision.
In the welterweight division, Marquis Taylor (2-0) from Houston, Texas took on Leonard Brady (0-1) from Lewisville, Texas. Although Brady was hoping to win his first fight of his career, Taylor ended up with the win by unanimous decision. In the battle of pro debuts, Kenny Gammer (1-0) from Wichita Falls put on a skillfully sound fight against Justin Rodriguez (0-1) of Sweetwater, Texas. The calm but tough Grammer wasted no time as he quickly landed a very sharp left hand that rocked Rodriguez momentarily in the first round. He continued with pressure on Rodriguez in the second round as he connected with punch after punch as Rodriguez moved backward in the ring. Grammer then landed a stiff body punch and Rodriquez winced in pain. Grammer then landed a huge right hand to the head of Rodriguez and began to batter him in the corner until the referee stopped the fight at 2:44 of the second round.