It was an eventful weekend of tournament competition for amateur boxers from the Rio Grande Valley.
They fought at the Games of Texas in McAllen and at the Ringside World Championships in Independence, Missouri.
At the Games of Texas, Brownsville Parks and Rec fighters Raul Vallejo Jr. and Ali Tovar earned gold medals with wins in their respective weight divisions.
Vallejo defeated Deion Martinez of San Antonio in the final of the 125-pound youth intermediate open division, while Tovar triumphed over Juan Guerrero of Corpus Christi in the final of the 165-pound senior division.
Also fighting for Brownsville Parks and Rec, Jessie Gracia took home a silver medal as he came up short against Sebastian Rodriguez of San Antonio in the final of the 135-pound junior division.
““The guys did really well,” said Robert Campos, coach of the Brownsville Parks and Rec team. “It was a strong showing.
““They’ve been fighting in some other amateur tournaments, so they were ready to do well (at the Games of Texas),” Campos added.
Meanwhile, the RGV Elite boxing team, composed mainly of Brownsville fighters, participated in the Ringside World Championships in Missouri.
Considered the largest amateur tournament in the world, the five-day event featured international competition. There were six rings and 840 matches during the five days of amateur bouts.
For RGV Elite, Brownsville brothers Omar and Sebastian Juarez earned silver medals in the 141-pound youth open division and the 90-pound bantam division, respectively.
Also for RGV Elite, three boxers reached the quarterfinals. They were Ricardo Guerra of Brownsville in the 125-pound intermediate open division, Fabian Diaz of Mission in the 95-pound intermediate open division and Eduardo Castillo of Brownsville in the 125-pound youth novice division.
““We’re always representing Brownsville and the Valley with pride,” said RGV Elite coach Rudy Juarez, who is the father of Omar and Sebastian Juarez. “We will keep on working hard at RGV Elite Boxing Gym in Brownsville and keep on competing at the national level. We want to always represent our city with pride.”
The Juarez brothers were coming off capturing a pair of championships at the “Big D” state tournament in Dallas a couple of weeks ago. The Juarez brothers and RGV Elite are next scheduled to fight in an eastern national qualifying tournament in October in Tennessee.
Weslaco super welterweight Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (40-3, 24 KOs) won an eight-round unanimous decision May 13 in Cancun, Mexico, and now is scheduled to fight Omar Chavez (36-3-1, 24 KOs) in Monterrey, Mexico, on Aug. 12. Chavez is the son of Mexican boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez.
Texas Rage and South Texas Fighting Academy are scheduled to present the Extreme Fight Night 4 boxing show Aug. 19 in Palmhurst. It will take place at South Texas Fighting Academy with heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina of Weslaco set to fight in the main event.
The STFC 43 mixed martial arts cage fighting show is scheduled Aug. 25 at McAllen Convention Center. For more information, call (956) 414-8698 or (956) 562-2622.
A fight card is scheduled to take place Sept. 22 at Brownsville’s Amigoland Convention Center with Brownsville featherweight Johnny “Blaze” Tapia (7-1, two KOs) fighting in the main event. Brownsville lightweight Jerry Guevara (9-3-1, six KOs) is also set to fight on the show.