By Chris Morris/RockyMountainBoxing.com
Steve ‘Match Makin’ Mestas and Airtight Boxing are back at Red & Jerry’s tonight with a Colorado State Title to be contended in the main event between Juan Santiago and Jose Morales. The main event will see Juan Santiago, 6-0-1, 5 KOs taking on Jose Morales, 5-0, 1 KO for the Colorado State title at 130 pounds. This fight has ‘barn burner’ written all over it and putting a title on the line will only make it more so for these hungry fighters.
Morales is a Mexican technician, meaning he applies the pressure and kills the body. He is technically sound with a national level amateur career in Mexico. He was also a sparring partner to Daniel Ponce De Leon so intimidating him is out of the question. He is also a decent counter-puncher who can switch from orthodox to southpaw with ease. Morales looks very beatable, from outside the ropes. He’s not fast or a huge puncher but his experience carries him as in the fight with Jairo Delgado. Many felt Delgado would be too fast and strong for Morales but it was Morales who came away with the victory and he will look to do the same to Santiago.
Santiago is a fighter who lets his hands go and has good power in both fists. Santiago has been quietly carving out a nice career for himself under the watchful eye of Steve Mestas. His lone loss came out of town to a 20+ fight veteran in only his 5th fight. He has bounced back with two KO victories and a disappointing draw with Darren Darby. Santiago helped Manuel Perez in his preparation for his bout with Brando Rios last year and Perez was quick to comment, “Juan is a hard hitter, with both hands. His jab is hard and sharp too.” He will look to bust up and take out Morales for the title.
Marcos Herrera, 5-0, 1 KO, will make his long awaited return to the ring and this will be more than a ‘rust shaker’ as he takes on battle tested Corey Alarcon, a twenty-five fight veteran. On paper Herrera wins hands down but if Alarcon shows up with fire in his eyes it could be a real test for Herrera. A win against Alarcon would surely put him in position to fight the winner of Santiago-Morales for the 130 pound title they are vying for. Marvin Cordova Jr. fought Alarcon in his 7th bout, which was Alarcon’s last in ’05 and Herrera will see him in his 6th.
Alejandro Castillo, fresh off his televised win over fellow prospect Shawn Nichol, will get his second start against, Jake Featherman, who is rumored to be a 6 footer at bantamweight. Castillo is highly skilled and definitely a fighter to keep an eye on. He is trained and managed by Aurelio Martinez.
Rounding out the undercard will be undefeated Anthony Wehr taking on Tim Kane and Brittany Cruz will clash with Alexis Martinez.
Tickets are available at all King Soopers locations as well as at the door of Red & Jerry’s Saturday night.