Fight Photos: Badly cut Dallas Jr and beefed up Estrada oversee respective opponents in Texas

20 Feb

All Pictures: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

On Friday, February 17, two staples fighters of ESPN‘s ever-popular Friday Night Fights platform: big-hitting super middleweight Shawn Estrada (14-0-0, 12ko) and technical super lightweight boxer Mike Dallas Jr (18-2-1, 7ko) both secured decision victories at the impressive College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. Estrada won a convincing eight rounder against Terrance Woods while Dallas Jr shut Miguel Gonzalez out over ten threes.

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The College Park Center, a venue that had only been opened in December, 2011 but already looks fit for boxing kings

Renowned trainer Teddy Atlas and broadcaster Joe Tessitore introduced the card for the ESPN cameras

Atlas liked the main event match-ups, noting Dallas Jr's desperation following two defeats

The event was staged at the state-of-the-art College Park Center, a recently completed construction at the University of Texas. The appearance of Friday Night Fights marked the debut of professional boxing at the 6,200 seater Center that opened it’s doors just three months ago.

The main eventer – Dallas Jr – is trained by an elite-level coach as he receives tutelage from 2011 Futch-Condon award winner Virgil Hunter, primarily known for guiding 2004 gold medal Olympian Andre Ward from the amateur ranks to a professional world championship to the Super Six World Boxing Classic final and a successful unification bout.

Like Ward, Dallas is a sterling boxer, and showed that ability by out-classing Gonzalez from opening bell to closing due to his superior hand-speed, neat reflexes and precise one-two combinations.

Gonzalez, with the flamboyant 'Pow' buzz cut, struggled to hang with an in-form Dallas, boxing in blue and black trunks

Both fighters were cautioned for holding in round five but it did not detract from Dallas Jr's overall fluency

Dallas Jr was able to parry Gonzalez's attack, who scored well in the final round, however, Mike received all the points

Dallas Jr was unperturbed by a ghastly cut sustained in the second round following an accidental butt of bonces

While Dallas Jr prevailed with lopsided scores of 100-89 and 100-90, Estrada was almost as successful in denying his opponent, Woods, any upper hand.

The fight, however, almost dissipated the day before shots were slated to be dispatched as Estrada struggled to make weight, with an initial attempt of 196lbs far exceeding the 172lb light heavyweight catchweight. Estrada eventually made it down to 192lbs, yet Atlas noted on the night that it was like a cruiserweight had been put in with a middleweight.

Even though he had well documented injury troubles with his knee and with the weight issues also, Estrada still had too much class for Woods and, despite being unable to enhance his formidable stoppage record, he gained a decision on points based on his finesse.

For a lengthy spell in round two, a barrage from Estrada went completely unanswered from Woods

Woods was forced into a defensive shell in round six as Estrada connected with uppercuts and straights

Atlas and Tessitore believed the fight could have been stopped by the referee in the last, but Estrada celebrated the points win

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