Matt Schartz defends Title, Anthony Cox Makes Pro Debut and Jesus Sandoval highlights 14 Bout Card at Dynasty Combat Sports 24 on GFL.tv
Now in its 10th year, Dynasty Combat Sports presents St. Pattys Showdown IV on Saturday at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney.
The event additionally features a 14-fight card, including North Platte’s Anthony Cox and North Platte native and current University of Nebraska at Kearney student Matt Schartz.
Cox is set to make his professional debut against Nathen Gossens (0-2) at 145 pounds. ‘Anthony is one of those guys who’s a very cerebral fighter,’ co-fight promoter Kelly Wiseman said. ‘He’s not mean-spirited or someone who goes out looking for blood, but has good technique and is very smart. Fighting has been more of a hobby for Anthony, but he’s committed himself more lately and is ready to turn pro.’
In Cox’s last fight as an amatuer, he defeated Nick Sutton in the first round via submission (choke) at The Reckoning in North Platte.
‘Sutton was an experienced fighter from a good gym and Anthony beat him soundly,’ Wiseman said. ‘[Cox] doesn’t have much knockout power, but he stays busy, is well-rounded and just really smooth in his technique.’
Conversely, Schartz (4-0 as an amateur) relies on power-punching, similar to his opponent Jesus Espinoza (2-2). The two will battle for the amateur welterweight title belt at 170 pounds. ‘Schartz just has raw power that can’t be taught,’ Wiseman said. ‘He’s is deceptively strong and his punching power will be the x-factor. Guys don’t want to stand in and trade with him, so a lot of times they’ll take the fight to the ground, but his power translates whether he’s standing or on the mat.’ Still unbeaten as an amateur, Schartz is in for his toughest test yet, according to Wiseman.
Additionally, Kearney local Jesus Sandoval highlights the stacked card. As an amateur Jesus held the Dynasty Combat Sports Middleweight Title as well as holding victories over names like Duane Johnson, Jason Jensen, and Kassius Kayne. Coming off a victory over Vernon Harrison back in November, Jesus will look to impress in front of a hometown crowd at DC’s return to Kearney.
Kearney Combat Sports product Alex Weaver takes on Hastings product Nate Morrow in a featured amateur bout. With an undefeated record of 2-0 Weaver will take a step up in competition against the talented wrestler in Morrow.