By Chris Morris / Rocky Mountain Boxing
Promoter Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and Poor Boys Pro Boxing are making a tradition of the beloved outdoor ‘Battle Under The Stars’ fight card at the Softball Country Arena in Denver, Colorado. This year’s show will be held at the Softball Country Arena on Saturday with the first bell at 7pm sharp. The card will see three six rounders featuring some of Colorado’s finest.
First up will be Alejandro Castillo and one half of Eric Duran’s ‘fight of the year’ candidate Francisco Dominguez. Dominguez rocked Joey Silva and gave as good as he got earlier this year coming up just short of the upset losing a split decision to Silva. Castillo started his career with a bang beating once highly touted amateur Shawn Nichol on the final Telefutura show in December and is now 2-0. Dominguez is a very respectable 6-4 with those losses coming to fighters who were 6-0 (same fighter twice), 11-1 and 8-1 for a combined 25-2, not exactly easing his way into the pro ranks. Castillo is a slickster who is trained by Donald Camarena and Dominguez is a determined banger with experience. This fight has barn-burner written all over it.
Then Colorado fight fans will see the return of the most underrated and humble fighter you’ll find, Manny ‘Manos’ Perez. Many things have changed for Perez since his majority draw with Brandon Rios both in and outside of the squared circle. Congratulations are due as Perez ‘tied the knot’ with his sweetheart LeAnn Romero and they are due a little brother for Cinco in the coming months.
Perez and long time trainer Trevor Wittman had an amicable split and Perez is now fighting out of the House of Pain Gym working with Steve Mestas, in more ways than one. Mestas is training Perez, in the interim, and preparing him for his rugged southpaw opponent, Daniel Gonzales. Who better than ‘Match Makin’ Mestas as he has faced Gonzales several times from the opposing corner?
This match has quickly become personal as Perez will look to avenge his stablemate’s, Juan Santiago, TKO loss to Gonzales. Gonzales has been quoted as saying:
“Yeah he looks like Pacquiao, but I’m knocking this Manny’s head off.”
Santiago and Perez are now stable mates as Perez recently inked the first promotional contract with Airtight Boxing and couldn’t be more excited. Santiago and Perez have been sparring partners for some time and prepared one another for fights including Perez’ battle with Rios. When ‘Red Hot’ Rob Frankel unexpectedly ‘jumped ship’ to Delgado Promotions, it was a natural for Perez to fill the roster spot.
“No one in Colorado is capable of moving fighters the way Steve Mestas and Airtight Boxing does. The proof is in the pudding. He took a tough kid in Rob Frankel, from the ‘fight club’ scene mind you, to his current 27-9-1 record. That’s quite incredible including national and world rankings. Now you take someone like Perez who has been fighting his whole life and has decent amateur pedigree, say 85 wins in 100 fights, and you have to be excited about the new direction in the career of Manny Perez.” Was part of a statement released by Team Perez.
Perez will make his debut with Airtight Boxing on June 27th, less than one month later, at the Palladium, where he and Santiago will co-headline the ‘Denver’s MVP’s: Most Valuable Punchers’ fight card.
In the main event Brad Jackson will once again bring his undefeated record to the ring against Pueblo’s Geoffrey Spruiell. Jackson continues to learn on the job and improve as evidenced by his gritty win over Ft. Morgan slugger Stevie Marquez, his toughest test to date. Spruiell is a .500 fighter and has gone 3-2 in his his last five including a spoiler win over Angel Flores in Vegas and he would love to pin the first loss on the prospect’s ledger.
The undercard has a pair of 4 rounders the first of which will see Ron Lyle trained Jacob Dominguez debut against Josh Martinez who has 3 pro fights under his belt. Dominguez has been working hard and looking good in sparring with Manny Perez. Dominguez is a southpaw grinder, very similar to Daniel Gonzales.
Also added to the card will be Anthony ‘A.T.’ Turner, 4-1, 2kos, who will look to bounce back after the first loss of his career, in Oregon, to Dashon Johnson.
A match up is still being worked on for Jose Morales.
For tickets and information please call Jim Smith at 303-450-9763.