“El Tigre” fought three times in 2019, successfully defending his (ABO) American Boxing Organization Light-Heavyweight Intercontinental Jaguar Title all three times, while adding the (NBA) National Boxing Association World Title as well as the WBO/NABO and WBC/NABF Light-Heavyweight Titles to his collection of titles in 2019.
Heâ€™s currently riding a 10 fight win streak and hasnâ€™t lost a professional boxing match since February of 2012!
With his success in 2019, Alfonso has also positioned himself in the top 15 of the WBC and WBO world rankings, which should help to bring big fights on a world wide stage in 2020.
Congratulations Alfonso for your continued success and determination and best of luck to you in 2020!
It was impossible to choose one over the other so Ginny and Darius will both be awarded amateur fighter of the year.
Ginny was on a rampage all year winning the majority of her bouts. She then took some time off to get some help with coping with OCD, came back and qualified for the Olympic Team Trials, then dominated every opponent on her way to winning first place. What was even more impressive was that she likely didnâ€™t even lose one round of boxing at the trials, while fighting the best in the nation in her weight class!
Darius was just as impressive as well in 2019. After winning first place in the national golden gloves in 2018, he took time away from competing to focus on his studies at Prairie View University. He then was successful in earning his nursing degree and graduating in the first part of the 2019, before turning his focus back on boxing. He qualified as the 8th seed in the Olympic Team Trials, then fought his way to the championship round, where he lost a controversial decision to Jamar Talley.
Darius had already beat Talley once in the tournament so they went to a box-off round less tha twenty four hours later. In the box-off Darius completely dominated his opponent, winning a unanimous 5-0 decision, earning him first place in The Olympic Team Trials!
Congratulations to both of these warriors of the ring and life, and best of luck in making to the 2020 Olympic Games!
Houston, Texas, November 23, 2019, Arabia Shrine, Force Train Promotions.
Josh Ross came into the fight with a 3-11 record and David Limerick came into the fight with an 11-0 record, including a win over Ross in 2016.
The bout was set for four rounds and Ross wasted no time in changing the script from last time by knocking down Limerick twice in the first round and once in the second.
The guys slugged it out throughout the bout and to Limerickâ€™s credit he went to war with Ross even after the knockdowns. Third and fourth rounds featured plenty of brawling and at the end of four the decision went to Ross by unanimous decision.
We will be awarding our best of the year winners as we close out 2019, beginning with everyoneâ€™s favorite, knockout of the year!
Our winner for 2019 is Oâ€™Shaquie Foster for his devastating one-punch knockout over Jesus Bravo, on July 17 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Bravo started the bout out throwing heavy punches while applying lots of pressure on Foster, who stayed composed and boxed effectively.
As the rounds progressed, Foster began slowly taking over and timing Bravoâ€™s attacks, leading to the stunning one-punch knockout in the 8th round that left Bravo unconscious before he even hit the ground.
In a rematch of last yearâ€™s controversial loss, Jermell Charlo got his revenge, his title back, and his respect from Tony Harrison.
In a bout fought with intensity by both men, Charlo started with bad intentions, throwing hard punches designed for maximum damage from round one until the bout ended.
Harrison, for his part, boxed very well and looked like he was leading on the scorecards before he got dropped twice in the 11th round and stopped by the Houston native.
The difference between this bout and last yearâ€™s bout though was Charloâ€™s superior conditioning and tactical plan, wearing Harrison down with non-stop physical and mental pressure, forcing Harrison into making a mistake before taking him out with a gleeful ferocity.
1976 USA Boxing Olympic Boxing Team member Chuck Walker visited with the El Tigre Promotions team last night at their annual Christmas party, which also served as a retirement party for “Iron” Alicio Castaneda.
Also present at the event were Alfonso ” El Tigre” Lopez, Chris Stalder and Felix Ramirez of El Tigre Promotions, Gina and Lorena of Pure LG Biz and El Tigre Promotions, American Boxing Organization (ABO) President Juan Curiel, as well as Robin Lane, who came to represent his uncles Roy and Henry Harris.
Walker and Castaneda, along with El Tigre Promotions President Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez shared the same great trainer, Henry Harris, out of Cut and Shoot, Texas.
ABO President Juan Curiel also used the occasion to present The American Boxing Organization Community Champion Award to Alicio Castaneda for his dedication to the sport of boxing as a competitor in amateur and professional boxing over the years, as well as his work with the local youth as a mentor and boxing coach.
Walker spends his time these days between Conroe, Texas and Los Angeles, California, where he and business partner Sam Cable run a movie production company Walker-Cable Productions.
That historic 1976 USA Boxing Olympic Team brought home five gold medals, one silver and one bronze. The team would later produce five professional world champions including three heavyweight champions and two Hall of Famers.
Although a good argument can be made for the 1984 team, the 76′ team achieved their Olympic accomplishments while also facing the Russian and Cuban teams, which the 84′ team did not, due to the Russian and Cuban teams boycotting the 84 games.
Walker shared many stories from his amateur and professional career throughout dinner and later was also interviewed by Gina Stalder of El Tigre Promotions. During that interview, he covered several topics including safety in boxing, his movie production company, and gave some advice to local Olympic hopefulls and 2020 USA Boxing Olympic Team Trials Champions Virginia “Ginny” Fuchs (112 pounds) and Darius Fulghum (201) pounds.
On behalf of Clutch City Boxing, El Tigre Promotions, and Pure LG Biz, we would like to thank Mr. Walker for graciously attending the get together as well as sharing his thoughts and knowledge on amateur and professional boxing.