The URHOPE Foundation and Standing 8 Promotions are teaming up to fight for kids at the A NIGHT TO FIGHT Professional Boxing Fundraiser on February 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at the Dallas Frontiers of Flight Museum. All proceeds will support the URHOPE Foundation’s cause to reach at risk youth through The Ring of Hope Boxing Club, which uses the sport of boxing to mentor the inner-city youth of Dallas.
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.