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Champion of the World Marlen Esparza Wins ‘Houston Fighter Of The Year Award’ for 2014

by on Dec.01, 2014, under Boxing News

Marlen Esparza

By Karl Hegman

The Bayou City’s International Roving Warrior, Marlen Esparza, capped off a phenomenal campaign in 2014 by capturing the AIBA Women’s World Flyweight Boxing Championship in Jeju, South Korea on November 24th.

Esparza won a total of five fights in eight days to capture amateur boxing’s most prestigious tournament. She fought more times in one week than most Houston professional boxers fight in two years or more.

Marlen held off a tough Turkish fighter in the quarter finals and then outpointed the English representative to capture her first World Championship.

With her diminutive and mighty fists, Esparza once again displayed the resilience and passion that are the true heart of the American spirit, and with her beautiful and precision violence and aggressiveness, Marlen Esparza has proven beyond any doubt to be the best female flyweight, amateur or professional on the planet.

Esparza also won the USA Boxing National Championship for the eighth consecutive year and the National PAL title. Marlen outboxed and outfought Virginia Fuchs in both of the tournament finals on her path to Number One in the nation once again.

Providing she maintains her current form throughout the next year and a half, Mighty Marlen will have to be considered the favorite for the women’s flyweight Gold Medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The Houston Fighter of the Year Award was a slam dunk win for Esparza. It is emblematic of the sheer dominance of the “Champion of Champions” fifth consecutive year harnessing the coveted honor.

Prospect Of The Year: Regis Prograis

Trained by Bobby Benton, this rugged light welterweight southpaw bruiser went 5-0 in 2014 scoring all wins by way of knockout. Prograis makes a couple of nice moves in there and puts his shots together well, but needs to step up the level of his competition in 2015.

Comeback Of The Year: Rocky Juarez

Rocky only had one fight in 2014 but it was a big one and he came out of it with a big win. Juarez pounded out a unanimous decision in a pitched battle over Rene Alvarado that saw him capture the WBC Silver Featherweight Title this past May in El Paso.

Most Improved Fighter Of The Year: Carmen Vargas

Vargas won the National Brown Gloves Invitational Tournament in Dallas and is developing into an aggressive boxer/puncher with a wicked left hook underneath to set up her right hands uptop.

Promoter Of The Year: Lou Savarese

The former IBA Heavyweight Champion continues to be Houston’s premier professional boxing and MMA promoter. One of the true good ambassadors for the sport.

Happy Holidays!

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