The mixed martial arts and boxing worlds will collide Nov. 17 at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgounds in Robstown, as fighters from across the Coastal Bend converge for a historic event.
For the first times, MMA fighters and boxers will share an event, fighting in ten distinct bouts. There will be five MMA matchups and five boxing bouts for the public to enjoy. The event, called "Worlds Collide" will showcase local talent.
Among those competing, Audrey Alvarez will take to the ring for only the third time. Alvarez, a former Alice Firefighter, has trained in jujitsu and kickboxing over the last four years to hone the mixed martial arts skills needed in the ring. She will defend her 2-0 record.
Alvarez said the hardest part about being a female mixed martial arts fighter is trying to find an opponent. Originally slated to fight as many as 10 bouts over the last two years, only two fights came to fruition.
"You have to be mentally focused and prepared. Training is hard, making weight is hard, but finding opponents is very hard," Alvarez said. "God has a plan for me, and I'm going to stay
on the path I'm supposed to go."
Triple A Promotions hosted the fight card to South Texas with Solid Knockout Entertainment's “Worlds Collide.”
Five MMA and five boxing bouts will be featured. Boxers include:
Oscar Cantu -Kingsville Boxing Club
Anthony Navarro - Kingsville Boxing Club
Bobby Vela - Robstown
Danny Flick - Flick Bros. MMA
Omar Rojas - Kingsville Boxing Club
Dustin Adams -American Revolution
MMA bouts are:
Chris Pecero- American Revolution
Patrick Ybarra- American Revolution
Audrey Alvarez- Paragon BJJ
Elias Garcia -Weapons at Hand
Jason Cantu - Weapons at Hand
Daniel Del Angel - KO Training
Organizers said the night is filled with action showcasing all local talent. On Tuesday, the fighters were introduced at Izzy's Sports Bar in Corpus Christi. Worlds Collide will take place Nov. 17. Tickets are $12 and on sale at Rod and Rolls, Procuts and Supercuts.
One local Robstown duo who will be on that night are brothers Cesar and Daniel Del Angel. Cesar is the older one, by a year, but said he started because of the effort his younger brother made while getting into shape.
“I got started because of him. He was into boxing to lose some weight, and he showed me a few things and it just kept rolling. I met a friend who knew jujitsu, so we learend from that, and then we joined a gym, and it's been moving forward ever since,” Cesar Del Angel said.
When Daniel Del Angel first started mixed martial arts, he weighed nearly 300 pounds.
“I'm down to 155 now, basically half of me. I like the feel, the excitement I feel being in the ring. Being hit for some reason, just makes me want try harder,” the younger Del Angel said.
“He's stronger than I am, but I'm quicker and I have some range on him. We'll train with other guys, and we will keep it at 80 percent, but when when we're training, we go 100 percent,” Cesar said. “I'm not saying we try to hurt each other, but we go at it pretty good. It's just one of those competitions between brothers. We try to really push each other.”
Cesar, who has a number of amatuer fights under his belt, in contest in Dallas and Houston, said he is really looking forward to finaly fighting infront of a hometown crowd at the Fairgrounds.
“We would like to be like those brothers who go out there and put on a good show,” Cesar said. “Go out there and try to do the best we can. “