Two McKinney pro boxers, Albert Rodriguez and Heron Saucedo, will be fighting at Fight #3, “Texas Pride,” of the Bud Light Pro Fight Series on Friday, June 28 at College Park Center at the University of Arlington (601 Spaniolo Drive, Arlington, TX 76019). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and opening bell rings at 7:30 p.m.

“Texas Pride” features the best in pro boxing from across the state. The eight-round welterweight division main event features McKinney’s Albert Rodriquez 9-1 (four knockouts) taking on Harlingen’s Esteban Almarez, 10-5 (four knockouts). After a four-year sabbatical, the heavily sought-after Rodriguez returned to the ring in April and seeks to reclaim his reputation. Almarez has been featured on national television for giving top prospects all they could handle and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, having served with the Army’s First Cavalry Division based out of Fort Hood.

Fight card includes (records in parentheses):

Mike Tufariello (debut), Dallas vs. Kyle Fancher (0-3), Dallas

Mike Lemelle (1-0-1), Arlington vs. Dante Francisco Sollano (1-0), Arlington

James De Herrera (1-0), Fort Worth vs. Heron Saucedo Jr. (0-1), McKinney

Oscar Mojica (1-00, Dallas vs. Alex Hipolito (1-0), Lubbock

Juan Antonio (Tony) Lopez (3-0), Fort Worth vs. Guadalupe Perez (debut), Dallas

Nelson Ramos (6-1), Houston vs. Raymond Gatica (12-1), Austin

Albert Rodriguez (9-1), McKinney vs. Esteban Almaraz (10-5), Harlingen

NOTE: fights are subject to change


The event will be a fan-friendly affair featuring a vacation giveaway for two to the Caribbean and other exciting giveaways to lucky audience members. Radio personality Mark Elfenbein from 105.3-FM The Fan is the official ring announcer, and General Gavin Dawson and Chris Arnold of 105.3-FM The Fan will broadcast live from the event.

Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased in advance online at or by calling UTA box office 817-272-9595. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the fight. UTA students with valid student ID cards receive a special discount. One dollar of every ticket sale will benefit Fort Worth Metro, an inner city non-profit organization committed to serving children and families of the poverty-stricken and crime-ridden areas of DFW.

Remaining fights of the Bud Light Pro Series are scheduled for Aug. 24, Oct. 26, and Dec. 7, 2013. For more information, visit