Before the "Night to Fight" began, the crowd was treated to special boxing exhibition of three top local amateurs from the Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, and their opponent was Jesus "El Matador" Chavez (44-8, 30KO's), former WBC Super Featherweight and IBF Lightweight champion of the world.
"A Night To Fight," put together by The Ring Of Hope, in association with Arnie Verbeek and Undercard Promotions was a night to remember at the famous Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas.
After three undercard fights, the crowd was more than ready for the main event between defending champion Ernesto Delgadillo (10-0, 2 KO's) and Oscar Mojica (11-4, 1 KO).
With the WBC US Super Flyweight Title on the line, as expected, the rough and tough Delgadillo came out with a vengeance in the first round. Although he was several inches shorter than Mojica, Delgadillo forced his way inside and started landing heavy-handed punches. Delgadillo continued to force the fight into the second round, even though Mojica started it off well by landing a few good punches of his own.
In the third round, Mojica was able to land a clean left hook to the body of Delgadillo and early in the round he connected with a short right hand to the head of the champion. This was a very good round for Mojica and he was also able to land several counter punches at the end of the round when they both let their hands go in the corner.
At the beginning of the fourth round, Mojica landed a big right hand to the head of Delgadillo. Delgadillo's left eye was actually already swollenl at the beginning of this round, but it didn't slow him down. This was another good round for Mojica as he connected with an uppercut and started to put the pressure on. Mojica ended the round by landing a nice right hand to the head of Delgadillo.
At the half way point it looked like a close fight, but it was evident that Delgadillo was landing the cleaner punches.
In the fifth round, Mojica was able to land another uppercut as he had Delgadillo against the ropes. Even though Mojica was able to land the last three punches in the fifth, he appeared to have lost the round. And Delgadillo went back to the way he started the first round, relentless, and looking for the knockout.
In the last three rounds of the fight, both fighters continued the same way they did in the first round. They left everything in the ring as it should be done when a title is on the line. But in the end, Delgadillo was able to land the punches that counted and he defended his title and successfully defended his WBC USA Super Flyweight title by a split decision. The final scorecards were 94-96, 97-93, 96-94.
In an action packed super bantamweight battle, Fernando Garcia (8-0, 3KO's) from Dallas, Texas was able to outduel a game Alejandro Silva (5-9, 1 KO) and get the unanimous decision.
In a super featherweight matchup, Charles Clark (2-4, 1KO) won by unanimous decision against the brave Isau Duenez (1-8). Duenez gave it all he had for the entire fight, but was outmatched.
In the ladies action of the night, super bantamweights Shurretta Metcalf of Dallas, Texas and Jamie Mitchell (2-0-1) of Pacific Grove, California let the fists fly to a draw. Mitchell' trainer was Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, former World Light Heavyweight Champion.
Also in attendance was Dickie Cole, a Texas boxing legend who was recently inducted as the inaugural member of the newly-formed Texas Boxing Hall Of Fame. He is the former head of the Combative Sports for the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations, in addition to being a former president of the North American Boxing Federation and Ratings Chairman for the World Boxing Counsel.
Cole has been in boxing for approximately sixty six years, a referee at the amateur and professional level, and also a two-time Dallas Golden GloveS Champion. One of his most memorable fights that he refereed was between Curtis Cokes (62-14, 30 KO's), Dallas’ first and only undisputed world champion against Jean Josselin (66-16, 41 KO's) at the historical Dallas Memorial Auditorium in 1966.