By Marc Livitz at ringside: Boxing is such a great sport. Great for the fans & great for the spirit. Even greater so when all the fighters on the card are approachable and amiable. Such was the case on Friday night in Austin, Texas. Bruce Acuna & Jesse Ravelo of Class Act Promotions put on a great show at the North Austin Events Center.
The main event showcased two local Austin fighters in the light middleweight division.
Nick Gonzalez faced Salvador “Amir” Roa in a scheduled 8-round contest. As I scanned through my pre-fight notes, I wondered if Gonzalez’s near five years of inactivity would hinder his performance. Of course it did. The undefeated Roa (5-0-1) jumped on the timid Gonzalez (3-1-1) from the opening bell. In a bout scheduled for eight rounds, referee Jon Schorle waved a stop to the contest after two quick knockdowns inside of 30 seconds made it clear that Roa may put Texas boxing on the map for quite a while. Roa’s technique, footwork & speed were hardly tested.
The undercard held the bulk of the evening’s entertainment. By far the greatest show came from Radames “Rada” Montes of Killeen, TX in a 4-round Super Middleweight contest. Montes had a 1-1 record to his credit & quickly took advantage of the sluggish nature of his opponent, Jared Kemp of Ft. Worth, TX. Despite Kemp’s attempts to push around Montes, his efforts proved useless as Montes scored a 2nd round TKO.
In other action, light welterweight Maurice Hooker (1-0-1) of Dallas summoned shades of Tommy Hearns with his lanky frame laced with sheer power. After a straight left dropped his opponent, Martin Gomez of Austin inside of the first minute of round one, Hooker spared no time in getting his game plan in motion. With ten seconds left in the opening round, the Dallas fighter dropped the Mexico native once again with an overhand right. Hooker swarmed Gomez seemingly from the bell to open round two. The referee stopped the fight after 45 seconds.
July 22, 2011