Fort Worth - based event coordinator Lester Bedford came across a pretty good idea four years ago to build attendance at local boxing shows and he'll try it for the fourth consecutive year on Friday, September 16th at Grand Prairie's QuikTrip Park.
Bedford will take a scheduled six - bout fight card both outside and under the lights Friday night. The gimmick, or stroke of genius, is that all general admission seating is free! If a fan has a voucher that he can easily obtain on line, he or she can bring it to the box office and get a reserved ticket upgrade for only $5 or $10 more respectively. Ringside VIP tickets on the field are at their regular $50 and $60 prices.
Bedford would rather make his money on the nominal parking or hot dogs a fan figures to pay anyway rather than have an empty seat to stare at. To get the voucher, go to www.QuickTripPark.com.
Since it's Mexican Independance Day Weekend, a fireworks show will follow the fights.
Major event sponsors Tecate Beer and Time Warner Cable have bought into the promotion.
Getting to the actual fights, Bedford and promotional powerhouse Top Rank of Las Vegas are bringing in undefeated Abie Han, a real prospect at 12-0, from El Paso, to fight spoiler Eloy Suarez, 11-12-1, from boxing hotbed San Antonio in a scheduled eight round junior middleweight bout.
Local prospects fill out the card and they include Hector Vasquez, 5-1, of Dallas in a six round welterweight bout vs. always dangerous TBA. Ray Ximenez, 4-0, from Dallas battles Isaac Cantera, 1-0, of San Antonio.
Pedro Dominguez, 2-2 from Denton is in a four round lightweight bout against James Burns (pro debut) of Fort Worth. Jose Rodriguez, 1-0, of Grand Prairie is in a four round lightweight bout with another TBA.
Angel Sigala, 5-2 of Arlington is in tough against Nestor Rosas, 10-1 in a scheduled four round middleweight bout.