By Chris Cozzone & Gerardo Martinez at ringside
Undefeated bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos (15-0, 12 KOs) stopped Jose Nieves (17-1-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Tingley Auditorium in Albuquerque, NM. The hard-hitting Avalos put Nieves on the deck in round two and twice in round four, the second time for the count. Referee Rocky Burke waved it off at the 2:20 mark.
Unbeaten hometown super featherweight favorite Archie Ray Marquez (9-0, 6 KOs) outclassed Derrick Campos (20-8, 11 KOs) over eight rounds to win by scores of 79-72, 80-71, 77-74. Though losing the first round on most cards, Marquez took control in round two, outboxing Campos for the duration, scoring a knockdown in the final round.
On the undercard: Stealing the show was Albuquerque super bantamweight David Proa (7-1, 7 KOs) who scored the biggest win of his career over former Texas amateur star Adam Ochoa (2-1, 1 KO), who quit in round four, official time 2:38. In a high-action fight between Albuquerque welterweights, Vincent Mirabal (5-0, 1 KO) edged a split decision win over Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-3). Scores were 39-37 twice and 37-39. In yet another blistering fight, Albuquerque’s Nohime Dennison (2-1) won a unanimous decision over Amanda Crespin (0-2-1) of Las Vegas, N.M., with scores of 39-37. Arturo Crespin (4-1, 1 KO), of Las Vegas, N.M., paid back Albuquerque’s Carlos Sanchez (4-1, 1 KO), winning a majority decision with scores of 40-36, 38-38 and 39-37. Comebacking Duke City cruiserweight Max Heyman (23-10-4, 13 KOs) won a near-shutout decision over Roy Ashworth (5-7, 1 KO) of Lake Charles, La., with scores of 60-52. In the opener, heavyweight Maurice Harris (21-14-2, 10 KOs), of Newark, N.J., won a unanimous decision over Billy Zimbrun (23-11-1, 13 KOs), of Ogden, Utah, with scores of 60-54 twice and 58-56.
On a happy note, the first ShoBox telecast of 2010 marked the return of respected ShoBox play-by-play announcer Nick Charles to his familiar ringside spot.