Browning Comes Out Swinging In 2005!

06.01.05 - Browning Boxing, Inc. will kick off its ninth year of staging monthly prizefights in Houston with a state title bout at Park Plaza Hotel at Reliant Center on Thursday, January 20. In the main event Chase “The White Tiger” Shields defends his Texas junior middleweight belt for the third time against Sergio Vela of El Paso..

The fight, scheduled for eight rounds, is a chance for fight fans to whet their appetites for fisticuffs before local hero Juan Diaz, 26-0 (12 KOs), defends his WBA lightweight title against Billy Irwin, 42-5 (30 KOs) the following day at the Reliant Center.

A vicious power puncher, Shields has won over a hoard of fans, many of whom show up clad in White Tiger attire, with his exciting take-no-prisoners style since making his pro debut two years ago. All but one of his bouts have been fought in the Browning Boxing ring. Shields, 15-0 (9KOs), won the state title against Marcus Wood a year ago and has successfully defended it twice. Against Vela, 9-5-2 (6 KOs), he ventures into unfamiliar waters of fighting a southpaw.

The event will also feature a trio of former amateur standouts. Former National Golden Gloves heavyweight champion and American Football League defensive end Travis Walker, 6-0 (5 KOs) will face Michael Hamilton of Huntsville. Light heavyweight Chris Henry, a former Ringside International champion, will make his pro debut against Ricky Foret. Conroe light welterweight Mario Perez, 1-0 (1 KO), will take on Felix Blanco, 0-1, of Tyler.

Gates open at 6:30 PM and the first bout will start at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $50 for ringside. Tickets can be purchased by calling Browning Boxing at 713-426-5400 or at

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