Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Photo by Jose Leon Castillo
The crowd of a little over 800 was on their feet for the main event at the Sky Ute Casino Events Center in Ignacio, Colo., to watch their hometown hero Elco “The Animal” Garcia (27-8, 11 KO’s) knock his opponent Rahman Yusubov (9-10, 4 KO’s) down twice en route to a seventh round TKO win at 2:13 of the round in the Prize Fight Boxing/Sky Ute card. On the undercard: Plano, TX fighter Tony Mack (3-0, 2 KO’s) won by TKO against Detroit’s Joseph Hill (6-2, 2 KO’s) at 0:49 seconds of the third round; Daniel Calzada (6-6-2, 1 KO) of Doña Ana, NM had a tough time against Kansas’ Joel Vargas (4-8-1, 4 KO’s), but got the unanimous decision win with scores of 55-58 and 54-59 twice; Albuquerque’s Angelo Leo (2-0) earned his second victory as a pro with a unanimous decision win against fellow Duke City fighter Julio Gomez (1-1) with scores of 40-36 and 39-37 times two; Dallas debuter Cory Richards (1-0) won by unanimous decision against Shiprock’s Steve Victor (1-2-1, 1 KO) with scores of 40-36 times three; Albuquerque’s Hector Sanchez (0-0-1) earned a draw against the tough Omar Quevedo (0-6-1) of Los Lunas with scores of 37-37 times three, after being dropped twice in the first round; Opening up the festivities was Henry Anaya III (1-2-1) who fought to a majority draw against Shiprock’s Zamir Young (0-1-1) with scores of 36-39 and 38-38 twice. Look for a full report and gallery later today.