By David Finger
For the first time since 2004, boxing is poised to hit Roswell, New Mexico as popular local boy John Herrera (3-4-1, 1 KO) brings his crowd pleasing style to his hometown on December 8. Herrera has already earned a reputation in New Mexico as one of the most difficult journeymen in the state, going the distance with prospects like Edgar Zubia, Yorden Hernandez, and Cuban prospect Yoel Gonzalez since turning pro back in 2010. Still, he is not being given an easy assignment at home, as he is slated to fight Albuquerque based Mexican Jamie Gutierrez (4-6, 0 KO’s) in the six round main event. Gutierrez started his career off with a respectable 3-1 record before four straight decision losses followed. However, many note that his losses came against a respectable Anthony Villareal and two undefeated fighters in Vachik Avagyan and Jazzma Hogue. Still, recent KO loses to Jesse Magdaleno and Ray Montes have turned this into a must win fight for the Albuquerque fighter.
In the co main event Hobbs prospect Edgar Zubia (4-1-1, 2 KO’s) takes on the ever dangerous TBA in a four round fight.
The undercard features the professional debut of Roswell lightweight Marcel Cloud as he takes on Hobbs New Mexico’s Jose Salinas (1-0, 1 KO) in what looks to be a potential barn burner. Salinas scored a dominant win in his professional debut back in October and is looking to spoil the professional debut of the Roswell native.
In a cruiserweight fight, debuting Lizandro Feliciano will take on debuting Richard Urquizo in a four rounder. A pair of debuting lightweights in Diego Bautista and Antonio Orazco also square off. Hard luck Michael Herrera (0-2) will try and get into the win column when he takes on Alfred Dixon (2-2, 1 KO) in a light middleweight fight. In a fight that has the potential to be either a complete dud or the fight of the night, Bobby Pemberton (0-1) and Josh Enriquez (0-1) look to capture their first victory as they meet up in a four round welterweight fight. Both Pemberton and Enriquez were stopped in the opening round of their professional debuts, and it is hard to see the loser of this fight having a boxing career after December 8, which could create some fireworks between the two hard luck brawlers. Rounding off the card is a middleweight fight between Genardo Quintana and Steven Serrano, both rookies looking to make their professional debut. Debuting super middleweight Phil Najah also takes on a TBA in a four round fight.
The School of Hard Knocks Promotions card will be held at the Eastern New Mexico Fairgrounds, with tickets starting at $30 for general admission, $60 for ringside, and $600 for VIP tables. Tickets are now on sale and can be obtained by calling promoter Isidro Castillo at 575-263-9443 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.