By David Finger
Boxing returns to Colorado Saturday, Sept. 1, as talented female flyweight Chantel Cordova (9-3-1, 3 KO’s) returns to the ring after a nearly 11-month layoff to take on New Mexico’s Brandi Montoya (3-2, 0 KO’s) in Pueblo. The eight round fight is the main event of a card billed as “Colorado versus New Mexico” and is widely seen as an important battle between two prospects looking to emerge as legitimate world class contenders in the coming months.
Cordova exploded onto the scene in 2006 and won seven of her first eight fights (with a draw against fellow undefeated prospect Valarie Rix as her only blemish) before a three year layoff followed. She stepped back into the ring in January of 2010 and suffered a close, split decision loss to female contender Hollie Dunaway before bouncing back with a win over Melissa Shaffer in April of that year. However, in her only world title fight, Cordova was stopped by undefeated Arely Mucino in four rounds in 2011 in a fight for the IBF title. Despite the setbacks, Cordova remains one of the more popular female prospects in the country, and is still ranked as high as #22. However, her Albuquerque based opponent is seen as a legitimate test for Cordova. Although Montoya stumbled out of the gate early in her career, losing decisions to undefeated Natalie Roy and Ashley Alvarado in her first two fights, she has bounced back strong. Montoya has scored three straight wins, including a decision victory over the woman who handed her a defeat in her professional debut.
The undercard features four additional professional fights and three amateur fights. Montana native D.J. Morrison (3-13, 2 KO’s) takes on Las Vegas, New Mexico’s Amanda Crespin (4-4-1, 1 KO) in a four rounder. Undefeated Nathaniel Hicks (1-0) takes on Ray Abeyta in a four round junior middle weight fight. Ricardo Reyes brings his 1-1 record in against a TBA in a four round middleweight fight. And Las Vegas New Mexico’s Arturo Crespin rounds off the card in the co-main event as he brings his 7-2-1 record in against another TBA in a four round middleweight fight. Colorado fans were disappointed to hear that former light heavyweight prospect Maurice Louishomme will not be on the card. However, with the exciting matchups featuring Cordova, Hicks, and Crespin, most fans anticipate an exciting night of boxing.
Tickets for the September 1st show start at $25 for general admission. Ring side is $35 and table seating starts at $50 a seat (or $400 for a table). Doors open at the Pueblo Convention Center at 6pm. Tickets can be obtained by calling the Pueblo Convention Center or promoter Sherry Cordova at 719-821-9756.