Adan Pacheco believed he got a bad decision a year ago, but the Grand Prairie boxer gave the judges a very convincing argument on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Texas State Golden Gloves tournament.
Pacheco, a Fort Worth region boxer, fileted Ashton Royal of East Texas with a series of strong overhand rights in a unanimous decision in the 141-pound division at the Will Rogers Center’s Watt Arena.
Twice, in the second and third rounds, the fight was stopped to give Royal standing-eight counts.
Pacheco, 23, who trains out of Roland Soliz’s garage, advanced to fight Austin’s Omar Juarez in the semifinals on Friday night.
The tournament continues through Saturday. The fight card begins at 7 p.m.
“I like the way I fought,” said Pacheco, who is studying the culinary arts at Tarrant County College. “I felt good today. I didn’t get tired until the second eight count, but I felt good all three rounds.”
Tony Lamarr, who trains out of Paulie Ayala’s University of Hard Knocks, took the decision out of the judge’s hands in the 178 division as well. Actually, Silverio Hernandez’s trainer did, throwing in the towel midway through the first round.
Lamarr knocked an undersized Hernandez down with a right cross 30 seconds into the fight.
“I wanted to go a little bit longer to see [what he had],” said Lamarr, 24, who will meet Ruben De La Rosa in the semifinals on Friday. “The longer I fight the better I feel I get.”
Fort Worth went 2-1 on Wednesday. Quaran Barton, a Grand Prairie resident, fell to Dallas’ Noah Jones in a battle of semifinalists from 2017.
Barton, 23, never found a rhythm while admittedly spending too much time studying Jones in the first round. He kept his hands to himself, while missing opportunities to score with the jab.
Jones’ victory was his team’s lone win out four matches. Austin and Houston each went 3-0.
Pacheco has been spurred on by a bad itch from last season’s Fort Worth regional tournament. Pacheco and Soliz, his trainer, believed they got bad judges’ decision in a loss over eventual champion David Fabela, a one-time state champion.
Pacheco, who works two jobs in addition to his schooling, came out the aggressor from the start, setting up his strong overhand rights with an effective jab.
Pacheco is “a sleeper,” said Soliz. “He’s beat all the 141s everywhere. He works extremely hard. He’s relentlessness. He’s been in combat since he was young. He loved wrestling and jiu jitsu and all that, but never could find what he wanted until boxing.
“When he found boxing, he took off with it. Everybody knows who he is in the area, and everybody is starting to know in the surrounding areas too.”
132 pounds quarterfinals: Oscar Perez (131), Houston, d. John Rincon (130), Corpus Christi, dec.
141 pounds quarterfinals: Quindale Faulkner (140), Corpus Christi, d. Raul Manrique (139), dec.; Adan Pacheco (138), Fort Worth, d. Aston Royal (138), East Texas, dec.
152 pounds quarterfinals: Devin Anderson (151), Austin, d. Juaquin Garcia (151), Dallas.
165 pounds quarterfinals: Anthony Fores (164), Austin, d. Damian Guajardo (160), Corpus Christi, dec.; Noah Jones (164), Dallas, d. Quaran Barton (164), dec.; Austin Williams (162), Houston, d. Ira Herrera, Twin Cities, dec.
178 pounds quarterfinals: Tony Lamarr (173), Fort Worth, d. Silverio Hernandez (176), Corpus Christi, abandonment; Ruben De La Rosa (173), Austin, d. Claudio Solarzono, East Texas, dec.; Hector Ferreyro (177), Rio Grande Valley, d. Burley Brooks (177), Dallas, dec.; Kenneth Carter (177), Houston, d. Delvon Taylor (177), Twin Cities, dec.
Women’s 125 pounds quarterfinals: Esmeralda Navaro (122), Rio Grande Valley, vs. Felycia Luna (122), Corpus Christi; Ashley Bazan (122), Austin, vs. Carmen Vargas (124), Houston. (Byes into the state semifinals: Alexis Mones (122), Fort Worth; Destiny Jasso (124), Dallas.
201 pounds quarterfinals: Kelvin Gibson (195), Dallas, vs. Noah Perez (201), Twin Cities; Richard Jones (183), Fort Worth, vs. Dionardo Minor, Austin (197); Miguel Tovar (201), El Paso, vs. Darius Fulghum (201), Houston; Keaundre Watkins (189), East Texas, vs. Ruben Longoria (193), Corpus Christi.
201-plus pounds quarterfinals: Edib Haunic (218), Fort Worth, vs. Damon Stearns (220), Dallas; Abe Johnson (220), Corpus Christi, vs. Miguel Rodriguez (285); Habeeb Saibu (238) vs. Rudy Silvas (255), Austin; Robert Hough (264), El Paso, vs. Albert Okopie (220), Houston.