McALLEN — Boxers from across the Rio Grande Valley stepped onto the scale Thursday and are now officially ready for Border Wars, presented by Cavazos Boxing Promotions, set for tonight at 7 at the Pharr Events Center.
There are six bouts scheduled for tonight featuring 10 fighters representing the RGV.
Serving as the main event is unbeaten Dimas “Saymore” De Leon (7-0, 6 knockouts), fighting out of Mission. He will fight McAllen’s Ricardo Mena (2-3) for a six-round bout in the 118-pound division.
Dimas has ended all but one of his professional fights with a knockout, and even though he’s not necessarily chasing another, the hard work “Saymore” puts into the gym in training has helped him rack up the KOs.
“I want to put in the rounds, but if the knockout comes, it comes,” De Leon said at the Border Wars weigh-ins Thursday at KO Social Club in McAllen. “I just go into every fight studying them, trying to figure them out, and it just comes automatically. I train hard, that’s the main reason why I’ve stopped six guys.”
Fighting in the co-main event is Mission’s Eduardo “Thunder” Garza (13-2-1, 7 KOs ) against Victor Rosas (10-9) from Laredo.
Garza said his past two training camps have been the toughest of his fighting career, but as his record climbs, so will the competition.
“Tough in the sense that now everything has to be done on-point. We have to pick up our momentum, pick up our conditioning, our work ethic that much more because that last guy I fought was an undefeated prospect,” said Garza, who’s coming off a draw in April against the now 9-0-1 Antonio Williams. “I put in work, awesome fight. This guy (Victor Rosas) has fought top-ranked opponents, he pulled an upset on a Roy Jones Jr. prospect. He’s a journeyman, he is tough, and as an up-and-coming fighter, we have to face to get recognized that much more.”
Everytime Garza steps into the ring, he’s moving forward into the opponent’s face with flurries of punches, trying to overpower and dispatch whoever is standing across from him.
“I like to go in there and put on a show. Of course you have to put on a show for the fans, but that’s just my way of fighting. I like to go out there and have fun, put in work, hurt the guy because at the end of the day, if you don’t hurt him, he has bad intentions for you,” Garza said.
Getting the night of fights started will be an All-RGV matchup as Edinburg’s Jose Barron will make his professional debut against Peñitas’ Leonardo Mendez (0-1). Barron said it’s been a grind fighting his way through amateur bouts, but he’s excited to make his debut as a pro boxer.
“It feels fantastic having this opportunity given to me. We’ve been waiting a while for this, and finally it’s here and time to show what I got,” Barron said.
“It’s been a long journey, but we’ve put everything we’ve got into this and we’re going to put on a great show.”
Also set to lace up the gloves is the all-Mission matchup of Isaac Torres against Hector Gutierrez in the 130-pound division. McAllen’s Randy Fuentes (8-8-1) is also set to fight Brownsville’s Miguel Morales (2-13) in the 163-pound division, and Mission’s Beto Flores (2-0-1) will take on Laredo’s Steven Garagarza (1-0) to round out the Border Wars card.
The Pharr Event Center doors are scheduled to open at 7 p.m., with the fights to start soon after. For ticket information, visit ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be on sale at the door.