The marquee fight delivered on its hype. Fidel Maldonado Jr. and Pablo Cesar Cano went an entertaining 10 rounds, with Maldonado winning the WBC FECARBOX super lightweight title by split decision.
The “co-main event” didn’t disappoint, either, with Joshua Franco improving to 11-0 with a unanimous eight-round decision over Oscar Mojica with the WBC youth silver super flyweight title on the line.
But the undercard proved to have a local flair on Saturday night, as boxing debuted with the Golden Boy on ESPN fight night outside the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, part of the Dallas Cowboys headquarters.
Fort Worth’s David Fabela got the night started right with a technical knockout in the fourth round against North Richland Hills’ Kashiff Solarin. It marked Fabela’s professional debut, and he couldn’t have scripted it better.
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“It’s everything I dreamed of,” said Fabela, who went to Fort Worth North Side High School 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.”
Fabela, 21, dominated throughout. 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.”
It didn’t stop there.
Three other DFW boxers scored wins via knockout in the undercard portion.
Dallas’ Javier Martinez knocked out Daniel Gutierrez in a super featherweight fight; Dallas’ Alex Rincon defeated Zachary Briones by technical knockout; and Dallas’ Vergil Ortiz scored a knockout in 2 minutes, 9 seconds against Ricardo Fernandez.
Rincon, who donned a Dez Bryant jersey during his entrance, improved to 2-0 with two knockouts in his professional career. Ortiz extended his record to 6-0 with all of his victories coming by knockout.
“It was great walking out and seeing family and friends,” said Rincon, who dedicated the fight to his grandfather. “The performance was great. … I wanted to be aggressive, but at the same time keeping my composure. I wanted to make the fight end as quick as possible.”
The fights lasted until almost midnight on Saturday, but the crowd of 1,422 hung around till the end. Among those in attendance were current and former Cowboys players DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, Damien Wilson, Lucky Whitehead, Anthony Hitchens, George Teague and Randy White.