I had the pleasure of attending The Open Houston Invitational 2018, as well as assisting in the corner of elite 152 pound boxer Martin “Marty Too Smooth” Allison this weekend. The event was held at The CDM Boxing Gym at Greenspoint Mall and featured many great amateur bouts from boxers and teams from all over Texas as well as a few out of state boxers and teams.
“Marty Too Smooth” Allison, one of the best 152 pound boxers in The State of Texas, brings excitement and technical expertise to the ring, along with elite footwork. He’s trained and cornered by Coach Ernest Tobias, one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the Gulf LBC. Coach Tobias has been a participant of boxing for many years in Houston as a competitor and coach, and has one of the best boxing pedigrees in town, having been educated in the sweet science by legendary boxing coaches Joe Delgado, Santos Montemayor, and Kenny Weldon.The amount of boxing champions on the regional, state, national, and world level taught by Delgado, Montemayor, and Weldon is off the charts, and Coach Tobias is proudly passing on the lessons he learned from his coaches to his students with great success.
It’s a personal pleasure of mine to be able to take part in bouts fought by Allison and cornered by Tobias as both are at the top of their respective games and I’m able to sit back and learn, while offering a little motivation and “outside of the box” strategy to compliment the elite coaching and boxing these men produce.
Martin’s bout was fought against fellow, elite 152 pound boxer Alex “All Hands” Donis, and was a great bout to both watch and be a part of. Both kids fought a great fight and both displayed championship level skill, determination and heart. The bout featured skillful boxing, hard punches landed, momentum changes, and was fiercely fought from the first bell until the final bell.
In the end Donis was announced as the winner and although we felt we did enough to garner the decision by winning the first and third rounds, as well as landing more clean, effective punches to the head and body, we enjoyed the experience and wish “All Hands” Donis the best of luck.
We were also happy to be able to watch some great bouts fought by some of the best talent in the area. A bout that stood out to me was a 132 pound, Elite, Open Division bout fought by Giovanni Marquez of Marquez Boxing and Oscar Perez of Perez Boxing. This was another fiercely contested bout with hard punches landed, momentum changes, and elite level boxing. I was fortunate to be able to record this great bout and it can be seen at The Clutch City Boxing Youtube channel.