Dallas Fight Night XXVII Recap

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Updated: April 24, 2015
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Last night in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole a very secret boxing show took place. “Dallas Fight Night XXVII” went down at the luxurious hotel in what was a tuxedo and cocktail dress gala. So secret was this event that no advertisement was done for it as no tickets are made available to the public and media coverage was extremely limited. Despite being the 27th annual boxing event of such nature, who or what will benefit from last evenings fundraising event is still unknown to this writer at the time of publishing this article.

In the evenings main event, Kingsville’s “Li’l” Oscar Cantu (11-0, 1 KO) put on a boxing clinic which boxing purists would have loved to have seen. Cantu dominated the entire ten round bout behind a quick piston-like jab, lateral movement, check-hook counters, and looping right hands which began to find their mark halfway through the fight. His opponent, Victor “Dragon” Pasillas (8-6-2, 5 KO’s), who made the long trip from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico would not be deterred with such tactics as he would push forward the entire night behind a high guard. Pasillas would attempt to land a big punch and did so from time to time yet these were far and wide between. Too often Pasillas found himself swinging and whiffing at air thanks to Cantu’s superior and technical defense. In the end all three judges scored it the same with scores of 100-90 in favor of the Texas fighter. With the win Cantu added yet another belt to his collection in his young career by becoming the NABF super flyweight youth champion in addition to already holding the WBC USNBC super flyweight belt and the WBC Youth intercontinental bantamweight title.

In other action, Joel Baglio (10-1-1, 6 KO’s) lost his undefeated record in a close back and forth battle against Puerto Rico’s Ivan Otero (14-4, 4 KO’s). The 8-round bout was the most competitive bout of the evening as both fighters engaged in a see saw battle of attrition. In the end the judge’s scores were as close as they could get. On judge had it 76-75 for Baglio, while the other two scored it 76-75 for Otero.

In a 6-round bout, Austin’s own Jon Baladez (6-1, 2 KO’s) won a unanimous decision by defeating hometown fighter DeAnthony Bonner (9-2, 2 KO’s). Baladez demonstrated good timing and counterpunching in what was his first bout in over a year. So good was his trade that Bonner’s offense was stifled and grew stagnant over the fight until the final two rounds when it was too little too late.

Opening the night, Dallas’ own Ernesto Delgadillo (5-0, 1 KO) kept his record unblemished by defeating Mexico’s Jose Morales (1-2) in a 4-round bout.

Javier Cantu may be reached at javier.cantu.1984@gmail.com

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