Houston’s Eric Manriquez impresses in Laredo

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On Friday July 26, 2021 Triple A Promotions staged an eight bout professional boxing card in Laredo, Texas. The event, held at The Laredo Energy Arena featured evenly matched bouts from start to finish, with the majority of match-ups being contested between boxers with similar records and experience. This was a refreshing get away from the unevenly matched bouts being offered by many promotion companies as of late, where the results of the bouts are almost a foregone conclusion before the bouts even start.

Professional boxing is a business and a sport but what makes it fun is when you don’t know what will happen and bouts are competitive. We all want to see our favorite boxers win and as fans we understand a boxer has to “build up” a winning record while gaining experience, but matching boxers up with opponents that offer little to no resistance cheats the paying customers and the boxer himself, because he gains very little in winning these type of matches. With that being said, congratulations to Triple A Promotions for the competitive bouts they offered us on Friday night.

The event featured many boxers from Laredo and the surrounding areas, but Houston’s Eric Manriquez may have stole the show with a beautiful display of boxing in a six round bout. Coming into the bout Manriquez held a record of 6-3-0 with 1 no contest, and was matched up with hometown boxer and rising prospect Jorge Ramos, who had gone 6-0  prior to Friday night.

Manriquez was an elite amateur who fought many of the best boxers available and was very successful, winning several regional and state golden gloves championships. He started his professional career with six straight wins, before having some personal issues and losing three out of his last four bouts, with his one win later being changed to a no contest. Due to his recent run of tough luck, Manriquez may have been chosen as an opponent for Ramos to display his skills and pick up a win, but Manriquez, now training with Rene Vasquez at Legions Boxing Gym in Houston, Texas, came to Laredo well prepared and ready to win.

The six-round bout was hotly contested as both boxers came into the bout in shape and with every intention of winning. Both boxers displayed high level boxing skills and both boxers were able to land hard punches at different points in the bout. It was Manriquez though that seemed to do the better work throughout the six rounds, boxing beautifully as I mentioned before, and also landing hard left hooks that shook Ramos and appeared to have given Ramos more than he expected from Manriquez.  Although at 5’4 Manriquez was the shorter boxer by six inches, he was able to outbox Ramos from long range, mid-range, and in close quarters, getting the better of the majority of exchanges. Manriquez was on balance and in control for most of the bout and even though the judges only gave him a draw for his efforts, he seemed to have revitalized his young career with his spirited effort.

On a positive note for Manriquez, Floyd Mayweather Sr. was in attendance and watched the Ramos vs Manriquez bout. Floyd Sr. was so impressed by Manriquez that he took the time to speak to him after the bout and invite him to The Mayweather Boxing Gym to train with Floyd Sr. and the rest of The Money Team. This was a testament to top notch boxing education Manriquez has received throughout the years, being trained at different times by some of the best coaches in Houston including the late, great, Kenny Weldon, Monte Lane, Rudy Silva, Ronnie Shields, David Pereida, his father David Manriquez and currently Rene Vasquez at The Legions Boxing Gym in Houston, Texas.  With his past personal issues seemingly in order and with an invigorated, fierce approach to boxing again, along with the lessons in big time professional boxing he will undoubtedly learn soon at The Mayweather Gym, the future seems bright for young Eric Manriquez.

Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez wins A.B.O. Light-Heavyweight Title

On Friday June 22, 2018, at The Humble Civic Center, Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez beat Francisco “El Volcan” Cordero for The American Boxing Organization, Intercontinental Light-Heavyweight Title.

The bout was the main event of El Tigre Promotions’ Texas Title Night, benefiting The PTSD Foundation of America, Camp Hope.

Lopez, making his return to the ring after being away for a year, immediately began attempting to find his range and timing against the experienced and unconventional style of Cordero, in round one.

In rounds two, three, and four, Lopez controlled the action but both boxers had moments when they landed heavy punches, and both appeared to have respect for each others power, being careful not to get careless.

As the rounds continued it became more and more apparent that Lopez was taking control of the match with his superior technique and footwork, while Cordero living up to his “El Volcan” (The Volcano) fight name, remained dangerous and unpredictable, erupting with hard flurries of punches that kept Lopez from becoming too comfortable.

Around round seven Lopez appeared to have worked through the rust from his years inactivity and began landing punches at will, while Cordero hung in as best he could.

Round eight saw Lopez landing flush combinations on Cordero while Cordero offering nothing in return on offense but still trying to gamely survive through ten rounds, was finally saved by referee Gary Simons, who called a halt to the bout at 2:38 of round eight.  Lopez earned the American Boxing Organization, Intercontinental Light-Heavyweight Title with his win and as always was gracious and classy in victory as he has been in the past in his few defeats.

The rest of the card results were as follows:

Raphael Igbokwe beat Rudy Lozano in a six round, unanimous decision at 168 pounds

Robert Silva Jr won by second round knockout over Jeremy Parks in a four round bout, fought at 174 pounds

Saul Mendez won by first round knockout over Travion Marshall in a four round bout, fought at 140 pounds

Armando Frausto won by first round knockout over Nicholas Jackson in a four round bout, fought at 125 pounds

Brandun Lee won by second round knockout over Rey Trujillo in a four round bout, fought at 144 pounds

Antonio Williams won a four round unanimous decision over Raymond Chacon in a bout fought at 130 pounds.

A.B.O. Intercontinental Title Bout in Humble, Texas

On Friday June 22, 2018, Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez and Francisco ” El Volcan” Cordero will battle for The American Boxing Organization, Intercontinental Light-Heavyweight Championship. The bout, scheduled for ten rounds, is being promoted by El Tigre Promotions and will be held at The Humble Civic Center in Humble, Texas, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit The PTSD Foundation of America’s Camp Hope.

Lopez is well known as a boxing prodigy who came into the sport at a relatively late age, advanced very quickly, and became a two-time Houston and Texas State Golden Glove Champion, as well as a Silver Medal National Golden Glove Champion, in fewer than thirty five amateur contests!  A student of the Cut and Shoot/Harris boxing dynasty, Lopez received a sound boxing background from day one and was soon ready to embark on a professional career.

As a professional, Lopez again rose quickly, winning The Texas State Super Middle-Weight Title in his 13th bout, and The W.B.C. Continental Americas Super Middle-Weight Title in his 21st bout.  He then boxed former World Middle-Weight Champion Kelly Pavlik in a ten round bout, losing a controversial decision that many believed he should have won, or at least been scored a draw.

After taking some time off between 2015 and 2017 to heal some nagging injuries, Lopez returned in June 2017 and got two more wins before taking the rest of the year off to start up a promotions company with several partners, El Tigre Promotions LLC. He will be making his ring return this Friday, June 22nd in an A.B.O. Intercontinental Title match against a young, but seasoned veteran of the professional ranks, Francisco “El Volcan” Cordero, who has fought all over the world, including a bout against German, Light-Heavyweight Champion Denis Liebau.

The fight card billed, Texas Title Night, is packed with elite level talent including:

Raphael Igbokwe (Houston Texas), Armando Frausto (La Marque, Texas), Roberto Silva Jr (Houston, Texas), Saul Mendez (Katy, Texas), Christian Morris (Brownsville, Texas), Rege Harrison (Houston, Texas), Rey Trujillo (La Porte, Texas), Antonio Willaims (Ft Lauderdale, Florida), and Brandun Lee of Coachella, California.

The full bout list is displayed below, doors open at 6 PM, first bout starts at 7!  Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, Texas, 77338.

Lopez and Munoz Jr bring the heat at the High Stakes main event in Houston, Texas

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June 8, 2018:

Noe Lopez and Rafael Munoz Jr engaged in a heated battle in the main event of The G.O.A.T. Promotions’, High Stakes. The bout featured boxing, brawling, a knockdown, momentum changes, drama, and toe to toe action. After four rounds of action Noe Lopez was awarded a well deserved decision to continue his winning ways and Rafael Munoz Jr raised his stock as a game fighter capable of beating anyone on any given day, and will assuredly be brought back for future opportunities.  The crowd was treated to an entertaining bout where both boxers gave everything they had and tried their best to knock each other out.

I  was happy to help out Coach David Martinez in the corner of Josue “El Zurdo de Oro” Morales in his 4 round match up against Jose Elizondo, in a match that pitted the smooth, southpaw skill of Morales vs the aggressive, boxer/puncher style of Elizondo.  The first round saw Morales land the first significant strike but both boxers having their moments during the round. From the second round on, Morales seemed to become more and comfortable and his landed punches increased every round. Elizondo was a strong, and game boxer though and continued applying pressure from the first bell to the last, always dangerous and never more than one punch from changing the momentum of the bout. Ultimately “El Zurdo do Oro’s” technique and poise was too much for Elizondo and “El Zurdo de Oro” was a unanimous decision winner.

Results from the rest of the card are as follows:

Juan Torres beat Jhaquis Davis in 4 rounds

Chris McCoy and Ray Trujillo boxed to a 4 round draw

Jahaziel Vazquez beat Eric Manriquez by referee stoppage in the 4th round.

D’Angelo Keys beat Alberto Navarro by first round TKO for the Texas State Lightweight Title.

Local boxer and promoter Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez to box for The American Boxing Organization, Intercontinental Light-Heavyweight Title

On June 22, 2021 in Humble, Texas, at the Humble Civic Center,  Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez and Francisco “El Volcan” Cordero will box for the American Boxing Organization (ABO) Intercontinental Light-Heavyweight Championship.  The bout is scheduled for ten rounds and will be contested at the light-heavyweight limit of 175 pounds.

After retiring briefly due to several injuries Lopez, of Cut and Shoot, Texas is 100% healthy and ready to begin a new chapter in his career.

Cordero, of Baranquilla, Colombia is a young veteran of  49 professional bouts, who has fought for The World Boxing Union, (German) Light-Heavyweight Championship.

The co-main event of the night will feature second generation boxing prodigy Arturo “El Diamantito” Marquez. Arturo had a solid amateur career and has been steadily carving out his own niche as a professional. A winner of 10 professional bouts with 6 knockouts, Arturo is well on his way to becoming the next professional boxing champion in the Marquez family.

Doors open at  6 PM and the action starts at 7 PM on June, 22, 2018, at The Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, Texas, 77338.

Ray Ontiveros

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Ray Ontiveros and his Ray’s Boxing Club have been fixtures in the Houston boxing scene for as long as I can remember and he and his club have always been known for manufacturing some of the best boxers in the city. Countless boxers from all over the city have always gravitated to his gyms in the Northside of Houston, from the well known to some many have never heard of but were elite boxers in their own right. He’s probably best known as an Olympic Coach for The 2000 United States Olympic Boxing Team, and Coach of 2000 Olympic Silver Medal Champion Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez.

Ray has coached, trained, and managed many amateur and professional contenders and champions over the years with incredible success and is known worldwide as one of the most knowledgeable boxing minds in the boxing business. There are too many names to mention or remember but a few names include: Joe “Cool” Garcia, Jason Martinez, Daniel Palomo, Pasqual Aranda, Danny Reyes,  Larry O’Shields, Rocky Juarez, Gerardo “Tin Tin” Ibarra, Damazo Tello and many, many more!

Ray is currently working with boxers Julio Sanchez, Juanito Perez, and Jose Garcia. Ray, Juanito, and Julio recently participated in a sparring benefit/celebration in honor of recently deceased Coach Kenny Weldon and Julio and Juanito looked to be in great condition while displaying their elite level boxing skills. Clutch City Boxing, Fighter Nation Boxing and everyone involved with the organization of that event would like to thank Ray, Juanito, and Julio for their kindness and generosity in making that event a successful one!

Houston Golden Gloves Champion Boxers Win National Golden Gloves Titles

Houston boxers Darius Fulghum and Oscar Perez won National Golden Gloves Championship titles at The National Golden Gloves Championship in Omaha, Nebraska last week. Both Oscar and Darius represented The Texas Golden Glove Champions Team with tremendous success, with Oscar bringing home a bronze medal for third place in the 132 pound division and Darius bringing home the Championship Belt for first place in the 201 pound division.

Oscar boxes out of The Perez Boxing Club and Darius boxes out of The O Athletik Boxing Club, and both won Houston and Texas State Golden Gloves Championships in their weight divisions before participating in The National Golden Gloves.

Martel Washpun, another Houston Golden Gloves and Texas State Golden Gloves Champion also competed and represented Houston and The Gulf LBC very well, losing a close decision before the medal rounds.

Houston and The Gulf LBC also represented very well at The Texas State Golden Gloves Championships prior to the national tournament, with 7 of our fighters boxing in the championship rounds, eventually winning 5 out of the 10 State Titles up for grabs in that tournament. Winners there were Ephraim Bui (108), Martel Washpun (123), Oscar Perez (132), Alex Donis (152), and Darius Fulghum (201).

Congratulations go out to these young men on their extraordinary accomplishments and also thanks for their hard work and discipline, that helped proved once again, that Houston, Texas is one of the premier boxing cities in the nation and the world!

Clutch City Boxing and Friends Celebrate The Life of Coach Kenny Weldon

On May 12, 2018, Clutch City Boxing and friends, along with The Weldon Family gathered together to celebrate the life of the late Coach Kenny Weldon. The day consisted of old friends coming together along with new friends to pay respect to and celebrate Coach Kenny, in the most appropriate way possible, through boxing.

Fighter Nation Boxing Club, Ray’s Boxing Club, El Tigre Promotions and Boxing Academy,  Martinez Boxing, Savannah Boxing, Charlo Boxing, Cut and Shoot Boxing , Atzlan Boxing (South Houston),  and King Boxing all had boxers participating in sparring, with several even sparring boxers above their weight class, and/or sparring several times to make the day a success.

Ernest Tobias and Cesar Mendoza

The day of sparring, music, food, and friendship, began with an excellent display of boxing between K.B. Renteria and Cesar Mendoza, two boxers whose boxing heritage can be traced directly back to Coach Kenny and The Galena Park Boxing Academy.  K.B. is trained and coached by his uncle Eleazar “Pelon” Renteria and Cesar is trained and coached by Ernest Tobias, both of whom trained for many years under Kenny Weldon. Both coaches learned their lessons well at The Galena Park Boxing Academy and have began to pass those lessons on to the boxers they train, which was evident in the advanced boxing skills displayed by their respective 9 year old boxers. 


Eleazar “Pelon” Renteria and K.B. Renteria

The day continued with excitement as every boxer involved gave their best and there were many boxers whose boxing lineage could also be traced back to Kenny participating , especially since the hosting club, Fighter Nation was founded by Termite Watkins, who was one of Kenny Weldon’s first boxing students. 

Josh Renteria and Josue Morales were two of several boxers that came to spar but were not able to due to several teams and individual boxers no-showing and not giving any advanced notice. Clutch City Boxing and Fighter Nation appreciate every boxer who did come to spar whether they were matched or not and we thank you for your efforts.  We were also disappointed we did not get to watch Mark and Jose spar since we had been looking forward to watching both apply their advanced boxing skills.

“DJ B.T.L”  Denzel James provided music and doubled as an announcer as the boxers entered the ring, along with keeping the crowd and boxers informed of the days activities such as the glove raffles and attending celebrities. “It’s Krucial” Jordn Mikalz got the crowd excited and involved when he performed his rendition of The Houston Rockets Playoff Anthem. His contribution was much appreciated as he lifted the spirit of the crowd and injected his positive energy into the room. His song based on The Houston Rockets playoff run but explained by Jordn as an ode to everything “Houston”  was a perfect celebratory song for the event and was enjoyed by all.  

So many groups and individuals contributed to the day that it’s almost impossible to name them all but a few of the major contributors were , Reggie Johnson, Beverly Hollis, Termite Watkins and The Fighter Nation Family, Alfonso Lopez and The El Tigre Promotions Team,  Ray Ontiveros and The Ray’s Boxing Team, David Martinez and The Martinez Boxing Team, The Renteria Family and The King Boxing Team, Melvin Dennis, Warren Williams, Bigfoot Martin, Rafael “Tiger” Medina and Family, Martin Allison, Ernest Tobias, J.P. Portillo,  Mark and Amanda Harris, The Weldon Family, Mike Phelps, Tom Trimm and many more.

Clutch City Boxing would like to thank everyone who attended this event and/or contributed to making this celebration of Coach Kenny’s life a successful and fun day for everyone involved. I personally was overwhelmed by the graciousness and generous nature of everyone involved, who all gave their time freely without asking for anything in return, and I am eternally grateful to you all.


El Tigre Promotions, LLC.

A huge thank you to Alfonso Lopez and everyone at El Tigre Promotions LLC. for their participation and presence at The Kenny Weldon Sparring Benefit, tomorrow May, 12, 2018 at Fighter Nation Boxing Gym.

Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez is well known as one of the best boxers to come out of The State of Texas in many years and has had much success as an amateur and now as a professional.  Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, he made his boxing debut as an amateur under the guidance and training of Felix Ramirez and Henry Harris Jr. of The Cut and Shoot Boxing Gym, and has represented that historic boxing tradition very well ever since.

In 2017 Alfonso and several partners founded El Tigre Promotions LLC, with the intention to host quality professional boxing events in Houston, Texas and its surrounding areas, while providing local boxers a platform to display their skills and progress their careers. Having several military veterans on the El Tigre Team, the organization is also involved with giving back to those that defend our freedom and have partnered with Camp Hope,  a PTSD Foundation of America Outreach Program,  giving a portion of all proceeds earned to that program.

The team of (General Manager) Chris Stalder, (President) Alfonso Lopez, and (Vice President) Felix Ramirez got off to a terrific start in their inaugural promotion at The Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort, bringing a fantastic night of boxing to Galveston, Texas in a beautiful venue. The team is currently focusing on their second event,  being held at The Humble Civic Center on June 22nd,  which will feature the second generation of another storied boxing tradition, Arturo Marquez in the co-main event, and the return of “El Tigre” Alfonso Lopez himself in the main event!

Again Clutch City Boxing and everyone involved in the organization of the sparring benefit and celebration in honor of Kenny Weldon, would like to thank Alfonso and The El Tigre Promotions Team for taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in this event.

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Martinez Boxing, Houston, Texas


The Martinez Boxing Team will be present at The Kenny Weldon Sparring Benefit and Celebration,  helping Clutch City Boxing and everyone attending to celebrate the life of boxing coach Kenny Weldon. Coach David Martinez is well known throughout the Houston boxing community as a person who works hard to bring his boxers and our city back into the national spotlight it held in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and he has made a huge contribution in doing so in a relatively short amount of time. Coach Martinez certainly respects and loves the sport of boxing and always goes above and beyond for the boxers he trains and represents. He’s also a proud representative of Houston boxing and has always represented us well on a local and nationwide basis.

I recently went to The Martinez Boxing Gym when a fighter I was training received a small laceration during training and I needed some expert advice on how to best handle the healing of the cut, as well as  how to best keep it from bleeding should it open up during my fighter’s bout.  Coach Martinez was very helpful and generous with his knowledge and I must add, friendly and understanding when I explained to him that I knew the in ring aspects of boxing well, but not so much when it came to cuts and so forth.  I left his gym that day with a renewed respect and appreciation for his willingness to help out rather than judge as many coaches are apt to do, and I found his approach refreshing. Thankfully my fighter was able to stop his opponent in 59 seconds in his bout a few weeks after my meeting with Coach Martinez and the cut never became an issue, but I was still very grateful that he gave me the best advice he could without a second thought.

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A few weeks later I called on Coach Martinez to advise him that I was organizing a benefit, sparring event to celebrate the life of Coach Kenny Weldon, and needed more professional boxers to participate. Again he was very generous and immediately agreed to bring a few members of his team to help out.

Clutch City Boxing would like to thank Coach Martinez and his team of Cristobal Morales, Roberto Silva, and Josue Morales for their help in making this a successful event and wish them the best in their upcoming bouts . We would also like to thank Coach Ray Ontiveros, Coach Ernest Tobias, Atzlan Boxing (South Houston), Alfonso Lopez and El Tigre Boxing Promotions, Termite Watkins and Fighter Nation, Reggie “Sweet” Johnson, Coach Melvin Dennis, Warren “Kid Nitro” Williams, J.P. Portillo, Jordn Mikalz, Denzel James, Craven Crawfish, Portico Services, Tiger Medina, Jimmy Strickland, Martin Allison, Pelon Renteria and King Boxing, Coach Rambo Cano, Coach Adrian De la  Garza, Rafael Munoz Jr, and The Weldon Family for allowing us to organize this event in honor of Kenny.

Also look out for upcoming articles similar to this one featuring the teams and persons I’ve just mentioned above.  And if I’ve failed to mention anyone it’s not intentional I just got a million things going on right now.