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Fighting for at Risk Youth in Dallas, Literally
A NIGHT TO FIGHT will feature 6 live professional boxing matches organized and donated by Standing 8 Promotions, as well as dinner, an auction with prizes such as weekend getaways, sporting event suites and many other items. A NIGHT TO FIGHT will be emceed by Mark Elfenbein of 103.3 FM ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth and it will also spotlight past professional boxing champions and several Dallas Cowboys. The main event for the evening features defending Super Welterweight Champion Hector “El Diamante” Vazquez of Irving, TX 12-1 2 KO’s attempting his 3rd defense of the belt against 33 fight veteran and former belt holder Taronze Washington of Dallas, TX.
“We know that this is not going to be an easy contest. Taronze has been in the ring with everyone and always comes to win…and he wants his belt back,” said Vazquez who is coming off a win against 14-2 Anthony Lenk of Las Vegas, NA. “This is a vital year for my career and I am happy to fight at this event. This charity has grown as my career has grown. I am proud to have fought at the first A NIGHT TO FIGHT charity event in 2012 and now to fight in this one. I am training extremely hard for this fight. I am coming back to the ring with a title and I plan to leave with that same title,” added Vazquez.
Taronze Washington is also looking forward to the event. “I have been in there with 5 future champions, so I know what it takes. This has been the best preparation before a fight that I have had my whole career. That title was mine and it will be mine again! This win will be special too, since it represents more than a title. The money from the event helps a whole lot of young people right here in Dallas. I get to win back my belt and help youth in my own city. This is the perfect night,” said Washington.
Also featured on the card is media favorite Juan Antonio (Tony) Lopez 8-0 of Fort Worth, TX and highly touted former national amateur champion Marquis Taylor 1-0 of Houston, TX. Additionally, local prospects Kenny Grammer of Wichita Falls, TX and Hector Valdez of Dallas are both making there long awaited professional debuts at A Night to Fight. Ring of Hope veteran Christian Faz 2-2 of Dallas is also on the card. A total of 30 rounds of professional boxing are scheduled for the evening. This event is a private charity fundraiser, but a very limited amount of mezzanine tickets that include dinner are available for $30 dollars. These will only be offered while supplies last. They can be purchased by calling DK Haney Roofing, a supporter of the event, at 817-546-2266.
The Ring of Hope Boxing Club was founded by The URHOPE Foundation in 2010, and is maintained by the Dallas Leadership Foundation (DLF). The Ring of Hope Boxing Club is just one of the Dallas Leadership Foundation’s (DLF) many programs developed to help facilitate the re-development of disadvantaged communities through rehabilitation services and collaborative relationships. The foundation plays a vital role in the city by linking businesses, churches, and civic groups to communities in need. DLF's community revitalization efforts impact seven Dallas neighborhoods. Since its inception, DLF has served over 5,200 families and individuals and partnered with other community organizations to serve an additional 9,000 people. They have provided affordable housing services for approximately 550 families and provided over $5.1 million in direct services, while mobilizing 14,225 church, community and business volunteers for service in the community. You can also learn more about the Dallas Leadership Foundation at www.DLFTX.org.
The other event organizer, Standing 8 Promotions has gained prominence in the boxing world by staging consistent cards, competitive fights, exciting entertainment and featuring some of the very best young boxing talent from around the globe. From the very beginning of Standing 8 Promotions, its boxers have been consistent in reaching out to the community through different organizations and events like A NIGHT TO FIGHT.