Big D Hits Friday Night Fights

By Teron Briggs on February 17, 2012
Big D Hits Friday Night Fights
“I guarantee the fans," promised Dan Goossen, "it will be an exciting, knockout filled event.”

In Jan. 2011, Dallas suffered his first professional loss, via knockout, against hard-nosed contender Josesito Lopez…

The newly built 7,000 seat College Park Center on the University of Texas, Arlington campus, will take center stage on this week’s edition of ESPN “Friday Night Fights” as it plays host to its first ever boxing card. In the eagerly anticipated main event, talented young fighters Mike Dallas Jr. (17-2-1, 7 KOs) and southpaw Miguel “Silky Smooth” Gonzalez (20-2, 15 KOs) will face each other in a scheduled 10-round bout, while in the main supporting fight, former 2008 U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada looks to obtain his 14th career victory against another overmatched opponent.

The once-highly touted prospect Dallas has lost his last two fights and is in dire need of a victory over the dangerous Gonzalez, who is on a 14 fight win streak. Dallas’ history includes a stellar record and resume in the amateur ranks which prompted boxing promotional powerhouse Goossen Tutor to sign him to a contract even before he turned pro. His manager Jackie Kallen, whose life story was the inspiration for the Meg Ryan film Against the Ropes, helped guide him to 17 victories in his first 18 fights, including an impressive win over fellow undefeated prospect Lanard Lane (12-0, 7 KOs).

But in Jan. 2011, Dallas suffered his first professional loss, via knockout, against hard-nosed contender Josesito Lopez (28-3, 17 KOs), despite performing well in the early rounds. After that heartbreaking defeat, Virgil Hunter, Boxing Writers Association 2011 Trainer of the Year, was brought on board to mentor Dallas. Goossen Tutor didn’t hesitate to match the boxer tough again, scheduling a fight with the battle-tested contender Mauricio Herrera (17-1, 7 KOs). Dallas was handed his second defeat, losing a controversial decision on the scorecards. Kallen said that “two losses in a row can be very harmful to a fighter’s ego and self-esteem,” but she feels Dallas is determined to “regain his position in the division.” In a sport where television dates are hard to garner, Dallas who will remarkably be making his fourth appearance on a cable network can’t afford another setback.

Whereas Dallas has struggled in his last two outings, Gonzalez is coming into the fight having recorded the two most noteworthy victories of his career. While he hasn’t received the kind of hype Dallas enjoyed, his accomplishments as an amateur are certainly commendable. He began competing on the national level at age 13, defeating future world champion Victor “Vicious” Ortiz, and then was named an U.S. Olympic alternate in both 2004 and 2008. In addition to Dallas being a step up in competition for Gonzalez, the fight will mark the first time in his career that he will appear on a nationally televised card. Gonzalez has acknowledged the magnitude of the event, stating, “ESPN gave me the opportunity to go to that next level.” It should be noted, the two losses on his record were both in competitive decisions early in his career development, one of which was to a fighter who was undefeated at the time. A victory Friday night would undoubtedly secure “Silky Smooth” another high profile fight.

The promoter of the bout, Dan Goossen, has stated, “I guarantee the fans, it will be an exciting, knockout filled event.”

The lead undercard bout features 2008 Olympian Shawn Estrada (13-0, 12 KOs) against Terrence Woods (9-3, 6 KOs). Estrada had a highly decorated amateur career, winning the Junior Olympic Championship, the Pan-American Games Gold Medal and advancing to the second round in the Olympics, before losing to the eventual gold medalist. Unfortunately, the 26-year-old fighter’s professional career has failed to live up to the expectations placed on him when he turned professional in 2008. In addition to being beset by injuries, he’s had an erratic fight schedule and despite his amateur prowess, has been matched with extremely weak opposition. In Terrence Woods he will be facing a fighter who has lost three of his last four fights and has never beaten an opponent with a record above .500. Anything less than a dominant victory by Estrada will be viewed as a disappointing outing.

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  1. bk don 12:47pm, 02/17/2012

    Thanks bro, I appreciate it. Who are you picking to win tonight? Seems like this is a pretty even match-up. The main event obviously. I’m leaning towards Dallas but I really wonder where his head is at after two losses and how he will deal with adversity tonight, if he faces it.

  2. the thresher 07:18am, 02/17/2012

    Teron, you are on a roll, my man. Thanks.