Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
In front of a crowd of about 600 fans inside the PAL Auditorium in Albuquerque, NM, Las Vegas’ Arturo “El Toro” Crespin (11-3-1, 4 KOs) had tough time against Colorado’s Julio Cesar Lanzas (8-19-6, 1 KO). Crespin controlled much of the first four rounds with powerless pitter-patting while Lanzas seemed content with landing one hard shot every now and then. Crespin seemed to tire in the fifth and sixth round, allowing Lanzas to tee off and land some hard overhand rights. By this time, Lanzas was cut over the left eye either by a headbutt or a punch from Crespin. Crespin caught a second wind in the seventh and outgunned Lanzas. Lanzas took the final round of the middleweight contest with effective aggressiveness. After eight rounds the judges gave Crespin a split decision win with scores of 75-77, 79-72 and 78-74.
After his unanimous decision win in the co-main event Matthew “Papitas” Esquibel admitted “my mind knew what to do, but my body was not responding well.” It looks like it will take more than one fight to shake the ring rust off after a five-year hiatus.
Esquibel started out well against the much shorter Julio Chavez, using his jab effectively. Trying to close the distance, Chavez began clinching and holding Esquibel in the second round and the referee deducted a point from Chavez. The third stanza was an even round. The last three rounds of the junior welterweight contest seemed to favor the more aggressive Chavez who was consistently landing rights to the left side of Esquibel’s face.
Esquibel tired and seemed to forget he had a reach advantage. At end of the six rounds the scores were 57-56 and 58-55 times two, giving Esquibel the unanimous decision. The deducted point in the second round definitely factored into keeping Esquibel’s record intact at 9-0, 4 KOs. Chavez’ record moves to 6-3-1, 2 KOs.
New Mexico’s hard-luck kid Michael Coca Gallegos was close to eking out his second career win in his middleweight contest against Floridian Phillip Penson, but was caught with a flash right hand in the third round that cost him the decision.
The undefeated Penson started out slow and didn’t throw much throughout the contest. It could have been the Albuquerque altitude that he was not prepared for, but he still managed to tag Gallegos with some hard rights. Gallegos upped his aggression from the fourth round forward, but could not return the favor against the slick Penson.
After six rounds the official scores were 59-54, 58-55 and 57-56 giving Penson (7-0-1, 2 KO’s) the unanimous decision. Gallegos falls to 1-12-1, 1 KO. Fightnews.com scored the contest 57-56 for Penson.
In the opening bout of the evening Albuquerque’s Brandon Salazar welcomed fellow hometowner to the professional ranks with some hard rights to the head in their four round junior lightweight contest.
The first round was a toss up as both youngsters sized each other up. The second round saw Holguin landing a hard straight left hand combination that sent Salazar to the canvas. Holguin seemed poised to get the KO, but the bell kept him from doing so. Salazar was still dazed to begin the third, but managed to keep Holguin off with some power punches of his own. Holguin, at this point, was switching stances to try to catch Salazar with another KO punch. The fourth round was won by Salazar who caught a second wind and out slugged the debuter Holguin. The fight was the best of the evening.
Scores were 40-35, and 39-36 times two giving Holguin his first career win, 1-0. Salazar moves to 1-3, 1 KO.