By Bryan Ramos
Step into the squared circle Saturday night as Texas Rage and Fighting Academy present Extreme Fight Night 5 on November 18 at 7 p.m. at South Texas Fighting Academy in Palmhurst.
Texas Rage’s Noe Beltran said fans are in store for an action-packed night as soon as the first bell rings.
“We want the people to get on their feet on the very first fight and see an action-packed fight,” Beltran said. “It’s all about the fighters, it’s also about the fans, the atmosphere and the whole vibe of the event, so we try to put on great fights all throughout the event.”
The main event is a guaranteed banger as Raul “El Tigre” Casarez (20-7, nine KOs) makes his return to the ring to take on Marcos “El Catracho” Oseguera (2-0, two KOs) in a bout surrounded with bad blood.
“El Tigre” is back after a two-year absence and out to make a statement in his return fight. The former WBO Youth Middleweight Champion, Casarez has been putting in the work to ensure he gets his hand raised Saturday night for the first time since 2014.
“I’d like to say I’m ready,” Casarez said. “People were counting me out for a very long time. I’ve worked really hard along with my team, my family. Marcos is in for a tough fight. It’s up to him how much he’s willing to withstand and how much he’s willing to fight.”
Oseguera enters the bout unbeaten in two outings and is looking to keep it that way after Saturday night. He won his professional debut in Sept. 2016 with a second round knockout of Askary Ibarra, and followed that up with another second round finish with a technical knockout of Jorge Cortez in April of this year.
“I hope to give my best and make it a war,” Oseguera said. “I don’t fear anything and this is something I’ve wanted for a long time. It’s truly going to be a great fight. It’s going to be a war, lots of punches, lots of blood. I’m a fighter with a strong boxing style and he will feel it that night.”
Raphael Murphy (11-1, nine knockouts) is prepared for his second appearance under the Extreme Fight Night banner and out to get back on the right track after suffering the first loss of his career in February to Hugo Trujillo (4-0-1, two KOs) who is also scheduled to fight Saturday night.
“Always promise to come out and give you a good show,” Murphy said. “We didn’t come out victorious our last time, but I promise, I promise, no more mistakes, no more setbacks, we’re gonna give y’all what y’all need to see.”
Nelson “Hot Hands” Hampton (1-0, one knockout) who is coming off his professional debut, is set for his second pro fight to take on Josue Espinoza (0-1), who lost his debut but gained fans with his never back down style of fighting.
Also scheduled to fight on the card are:
Fernando Robles (1-0)
Angel Hernandez (13-8-2, eight knockouts)
Brandon Labato (2-1-1)
Gabriel Ayala (2-2, two knockouts)
Dimas “SAYMORE” De Leon (0-0)
Hugo “El Toro” Trujillo (4-0-1, two knockouts)
Weigh-ins are open to the public and scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Mariscos El Culichi in McAllen at 2901 W Expressway 83.
South Texas Fighting Academy is located at 440 W. Mile 3 Rd. in Palmhurst. Tickets are the door will be available Saturday night at the door – General Admission $30, VIP $65, row one tales for $850 and row two tables for $650 – tables seat 10 people.
For tables, call 956-460-7808 or 956-456-5786.