Written by Alonzo Olmedo
An estimated crowd of 1,700 boxing fans jam packed Cowboys Dance Hall in Arlington to witness The Bud Light Pro Fight Series #4. The seven bout extravaganza was emceed by Standing 8 promotions, which has quickly gained credibility in showcasing some of the most talented and rising stars in the world of boxing. Attendees included prospects from Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions.
The main event of the night included Irving native Hector “El Diamante” Vazquez (10-1) winning the vacant Texas State Super Welterweight title over Larry “Slomoshun” Smith (10-17).
From the beginning introductions, Vazquez made the most of his main event status which included a flashy ring entrance. Similar to his boxing idol Marco Antonio Barrera, Vazquez brought out a mariachi band to the liking of many fans in attendance. As he entered the ring, it was clear Hector Vazquez was the heavy crowd favorite.
Once the fight began, Vazquez was not the aggressor as he studied Smith’s moves in the first two rounds of the fight to try and determine how to approach Smith in later rounds. It was all part of Vazquez’s in-ring strategy to defeat Smith.
“Being cautious the first two rounds, and test him out. Start digging to the body towards the end of the rounds, and that’s how you put the pressure on him” Vazquez said prior to the fight.