By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Air tight boxing returns to the Paladium in Denver on Saturday due to an unexpected event: sold out tickets. The venue, which holds under 1,000 fight fans, hasn’t seen boxing since July 10th of ’08, and the tickets are almost gone and with good reason. The main event will pit Colorado’s 130 pound champ Juan Santiago (7-2-1, 5 KOs), against the Fort Morgan Mauler Stevie Marquez, (8-13-1, 6 KOs) in a bout that will see Santiago walk the ‘high wire’ to avoid the heavy handed Marquez. Marquez has upset prospects in the past including Tony Morales and a devastating KO over Jesus Noriega.
In the co-main event, Corey Ben Alarcon (12-14, 4 KOs), has his sights set on Colorado Springs Terry Buterbaugh (3-2-1, 2 KOs), as they clash in a six rounder. Alarcon is coming off a good effort against then undefeated Marcos Herrera. Buterbaugh comes in on the heals of his draw with Jorge Carasco. Both fighters need a win and their styles will mesh for a very fan friendly affair.
Manny ‘Manos’ Perez, (13-4-1, 2 KOs), will take another ‘tuner’ against New Mexican tough guy, Lorenzo Estrada, (3-13-1, 1 KO), after his unimpressive outing against Daniel Gonzales. Estrada upset an undefeated prospect, Willie Villanueva, (9-1, 2 KOs), in his last bout and will look to splay spoiler again.
Anthony Turner (4-1, 2 KOs), and Tyler Pogline (1-5, 1 KO), will see action in separate bouts.
The doors open at 7 pm with a start time of 8pm at the Paladium located at 64th and Pecos in Denver. Reserved seating is sold out but limited standing room only tickets are still available by calling 720-298-1954.