By TXMMA Staff
Hybrid boxing/MMA card proving ground for up-and-coming prospects looking to shine
TEXAS CITY, Texas – The Charles T. Doyle Convention Center was home to the Texas City Showdown held this past Friday night, March 14th. This event was organized by Lou Savarese Productions with matchups put together by Michael Chase Corley and Stephen Lawhorn. The event featured both professional boxing and mixed martial arts with nine fights overall including 5 boxing matches and 4 MMA fights.
Despite the small number of MMA fights, the ones at Texas City Showdown counted.
For one, there was highly-touted prospect Adrian Yanez making his professional MMA debut. Adrian went 6-0 as an amateur under the tutelage of Saul Soliz at Metro Fight Club. He started his pro career in impressive fashion with a third round TKO of Colorado-based Richard Delfin. This was the first loss for Delfin after he went 3-0 as an amateur and 1-0 as a pro so far before this bout. Now Yanez is the one who gets to stay undefeated.
Also staying undefeated at Texas City Throwdown was 20 year old Ricky Turcios out of GB Woodlands. He controlled his bout with Bobby Bradshaw en route to the second round TKO finish. Joining him in th win column were Eric Valdez and Paulo Alcozer. The two beat Gerzan Chaw and Kevin Fanning respectively.
Last but not least on the MMA side was an unusual finish in the bout pitting GB Woodlands MMA coach Alex Morono against scrappy relative newcomer to Texas MMA, Rashid Abdullah. The bout ended in a disqualification after Abdullah was caught biting Alex Morono in the torso. The two fell out of the ring earlier in the fight and that’s what he attributed the lapse in judgment to.
Here are his exact words following the fight without revision:
“I’m coming back down to reality now. I cannot put no one at fault. last night I lost to disqualification because I bite a man. which is a true statement. Some say that was ungraceful or bad sportsmanship. I will agree from your point of view. I would have to disagree from my point of view. sportsmanship is a state of mind. my state of mind with war I fell and hit my head outside of the ring it got real bad for me. I don’t blame Alex he did his job he saw weakness any push the pace he made it a fight. a fighters job is to finish. my hat’s off to him I don’t blame him for this. I don’t blame the referees the Commissioner promoters cuz at the end of the day this is a show business. The show must go on yes I believe the ref should have gave us a break and gave my corners time to assess the problem. but that was not our options. our options was to quit or continue. I don’t even remember the s*** but I do remember that feeling. coming in and out of it. with alex looking for the finish. give me the benefit of the doubt you know how good he is you thought he can finish me at my best he had me at my worst and I had to survive his best. all I’m asking for is the benefit of the doubt. it was really that bad for me my head is still all shake up from it. I’m waiting to post the video it be up soon. Sorry y’all i failed again but i do believe it was out of my control. I gave y’all all i could last night i never quit.”
Texas City Showdown – Quick Results from March 14, 2014
- Boxing Match – Juan Leija def. Markhale Duncan by TKO, RD6. <112 lbs. title>
- Boxing Match – MMA Bout – Eric Valdez def Gerzan Chaw by Unanimous Decision
- MMA Bout – Ricky Turcios def. Bobby Bradshaw by TKO, RD2
- Boxing Match – Roberto Silva def. Preston Kenny by KO, RD1
- MMA Bout – Adrian Yanez def. Richard Delfin by TKO, RD3
- MMA Bout – Alex Morono def. Rashid Abdullah by Disqualification (Biting), RD3
- Boxing Match – Jamaal Lawson def Sam Mohamed by TKO, RD2
- MMA Bout – Paulo Alcazar def Kevin Fanning by Submission (Guillotine), RD3
- Boxing Match – Edgar Alarcon def. Rex Jackson by unanimous decision
Texas City Showdown – Event Photos by Diego Reyes