It was another great night of professional boxing in Fort Worth, Texas, and you can thank former world champion Paulie Ayala for bringing it to the boxing fans in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The fight card had everything you needed, which included knockouts, comebacks, calling out of fighters from Luis Yanez (including a rap), and the return of undefeated bantamweight Ray Jimenez, Jr. (10-0, 3KO‘s) from Pleasant Grove, Texas.
The night ended with the co-main event of the night, with the lightning fast Ximenez against the tough and gritty Shawn “Bones” Nichol (7-13) from Denver Colorado. Ximenez stepped into the ring and motioned to the crowd with his hands crossed like an X, as if to say you are going to be exterminated, similar to Bernard Hopkins who crosses his arms to say I am going to “Execute” you. Maybe we should start calling Ray Ximenez, Jr. “X” Ray, because all of his opponents have been exterminated by him and his undefeated record indicates that. I knew it was going to be a great fight before it started and it was confirmed when the bell sounded and Nichol told Ximenez, “Come on.”
Ximenez came out in his southpaw style and used it throughout the fight, although I have seen him switch his stance in other fights. But it was Nichol who was the aggressor for most of the fight, as he tried to force the action. Despite his aggressiveness, he was met with quick counter punching by the fast Ximenez and the quick footwork of the fast Ximenez. Ximenez’s swoosh on his shoes made it look like he had wings on his feet as he danced around his opponent and countered with lightning speed.
Nichols continued with the pressure on Ximenez in the next two rounds, and was able to corner Ximenez several times in the corner, but he was met with heavier counter punches. The fans were definitely behind the flashy Ximenez, and when he landed his quick counter punches, they cheered him on.
The Coloradan Nichol came to fight and he kept the pressure on Ximenez in the fourth as he continued to taunt his opponent and was heard to say again “Come On,” as he just stood in the middle of the ring, pulling up his trunks. The taunting didn’t bother Ximenez, but maybe his nose was, as it started to bleed toward the end of the round. The taunting continued in the fifth as the confident Nichol raised his hands in the air as both fighters were being separated in a clinch.
In the final round, the crowd was ready for something exciting to happen as the bell rang. Nichol quickly came out and they both met in the middle of the ring and Ximenez landed a quick combination on Nichol and he took it well and nodded his head in approval. Ximenez then landed a hard right to the head of the tough Nichol and countered Nichol with several hard punches. At this point in the fight, the fight was starting to get bloody. Blood was running down the left side of Ximenez’ head and blood was coming out of the nose and mouth of Nichol. It didn’t seem to bother either fighter as they continued on. Ximenez then landed a big punch on Nichol and Nichol smiled. They both slug it out to the end of the fight as the crowd went wild. Despite the record of the game Nichol, this kid is a good fighter, but he was no match for the lightning fast Ximenez. Ximenez went on to win by majority decision, 60-54, 58-56, 57-57.
Super middleweight Samuel “Main Event” Clarkson (7-1,5KO‘s) from Cedar Hill, Texas was out to make amends on his only loss on his record, and he went up against the slick and tough Kenneth McNeil (3-1). The first round started with Clarkson landing several heavy punches on McNeil, but he just smiled and moved out of the way. The southpaw Clarkson put the pressure on McNeil till the end of the round just before landing a barrage of punches. In the second round, Clarkson stalked McNeil around the ring as the cautious McNeil slipped his way out. In the middle of the round, McNeil slipped in a good right hand in between the gloves of Clarkson. McNeil’s corner was heard giving him instructions to keep doing what he was doing, which was fighting a smart fight.
In the third, the heavy handed Clarkson landed a big left hook and McNeil smiled at him again as if to say,”that didn’t hurt.” Clarkson began to put the pressure on, but McNeil blocked all the shots coming his way. Clarkson then landed a big left hook at the end of the round as the crowd got excited.
Both fighters came into the fight in good shape and ready to fight. At the beginning of the fourth round, Clarkson landed two big uppercuts and hurt McNeil. Clarkson then went after McNeil and McNeil held on to Clarkson and they both tumbled to the canvas. Clarkson then catches McNeil with a huge right hand and McNeil went down on the canvas and he took the count. As they continued, McNeil’s corner were heard telling him to “Run, Run.” They both slug it out in the corner at the end of the round as the crowd was going crazy, as McNeil did a little showboating dance to the excitement of the crowd.
At the beginning of the fifth, McNeil had recovered from almost getting knocked out and Clarkson looked to be resting in this round. McNeil then attempted to land a big right hand, but it was blocked by Clarkson. The obviously tired Clarkson then landed a big left hook on McNeil and his mouthpiece came flying out just before the end of the round.
Just before the beginning of the last round, Clarkson raised his hands in the air as he waited for the bell to start. McNeil then moved forward then started to put the pressure on Clarkson by jabbing with his left hand and landing a right hand on Clarkson. McNeil continued to use his jab on Clarkson throughout the round and Clarkson kept looking for an opening to knock his opponent out. Clarkson then landed a big left hand that almost knocked McNeils mouthpiece out again, and the bell sounded. Clarkson wins by split decision, 58-54, 57 55, 57-56.
In the light welterweight division, Juan Ocora (1-0), in his pro debut, went against MMA fighter and boxer, Will Campuzano (0-2). We were told that Campuzano was a good MMA fighter, but boxing is a different planet. It almost started as an MMA fight, when Campuzano pushed Ocora to the canvas in the first round. Ocora began using his stiff jab and hard right hand quickly as Campuzano tried to counter, and Campuzano took the punches well. After the first round, I could see that Campuzano had gained his confidence after feeling out Ocora in the previous round. When the tough and aggressive Ocora threw his left jab and missed with a wild right, Campuzano took advantage and landed a big left and right hand and the crowd got excited. But he failed to follow up and continue landing his punches on the shaken Ocora. The round ended with Ocora landing punches on Campuzano while he was in the corner.
In the third round, Campuzano landed the first punch and they slugged it out. It was apparent at this point that Campuzano could take all Ocora had to give. They both then went after each other again and slug it out in the middle of the ring. Juan then connected with a good combination and followed it up with another hard right hand. Campuzano was not fazed by these punches at all. In the final round, Ocora goes after Campuzano and chases him around the ring. Campuzano counters and takes all that Ocora has, but it is not enough. Ocora wins by unanimous decision. 39-37, 40-36, 40-36.
In a pro debut of Adam Clark (0-1), it ended with a huge left hook by Jas Phipps (2-0) in 26 seconds of the first round.
In another pro debut, bantamweight Alex Hipolito (1-0) went up against Atlay Miranda (1-2). The taller Hipolito used his jab as the head hunting Miranda went after him. It didn’t take long before Hipolito’s left eyebrow began to bleed from the tough Miranda. Suddenly Hipolito then landed a combination and followed it up with a huge left hand and Miranda hit the canvas. Miranda got up but the fight was stopped at 2:24 of the first round by KO.
It was an exciting night of boxing, including a rant by former Olympian and super flyweight champion Luis Yanez (6-0) from Dallas, Texas, who was calling out any and all fighters in his weight class to come and fight him. This is something that seems to be a ritual every time he is scheduled to fight. I know there are many boxers out there, so if you want to make a statement against the undefeated Yanez, call him out.