David Fabela couldn’t have scripted a more impressive professional debut.
The Fort Worth boxer won by technical knockout in the fourth round against North Richland Hills’ Kashiff Solarin to open Saturday night’s Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN telecast outside the Ford Center. It was a scheduled four-round lightweight affair.
“It’s everything I dreamed of,” said Fabela, who went to Fort Worth North Side and fights out of Reyes Boxing Club.
“It’s truly a blessing to be on this card. I can’t thank Golden Boy for this opportunity enough.”
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Fabela, 21, dominated from the start. Solarin (0-4) never seemed comfortable in the ring, doing his best to dodge multiple punches by Fabela.
By the second round, it was clear that Fabela was the better fighter. He took Solarin to the mat with a flurry of punches early in the fourth round, locking him into a corner.
“In the second round, I felt I got him hurt but I got a little overexcited,” Fabela said. “In the fourth round, I kept my composure and finished it off.”
Fabela will celebrate with a vacation in Miami next week, and then get back to training. He is hopeful to sign on with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and get on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez fight on Sept. 16.
“That’s what we’re shooting for,” Fabela said.
He couldn’t have made a stronger case than his debut Saturday. And it’s another step toward the ultimate goal.
“The dream is to get that green belt around my waist,” Fabela said. “The WBC.”