By Chris Morris, Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photo by Eric ‘Suga Foot’ Duran
In front of a large and loud crowd Brad ‘B-Loco’ Jackson took previously undefeated Jeremy Ramos to school, nearly shutting out the young upstart fighter. Victor Villereal weathered the storm from Aaron Quintana taking his ‘0’ with a unanimous decision win. Rudy Zapata seemingly did enough to get the nod over Hugo Arceo but had to settle for a draw. Undercard action was exciting with knockdowns and knockouts that had the fight fans on their feet.
Jackson Schools Ramos
Brad Jackson, 153.4, used his basic style and basic 1-2’s to befuddle Jeremy Ramos, 153.4, over 6 slow paced rounds. After a moment of feeling out in the first a big exchange of punches in the corner took place with Jackson getting the best of it and earning the first round. Ramos uses a high guard in the second and gets inside but doesn’t let his hands go. Jackson steps in with a 1-2 and while it didn’t hurt or stun Ramos it got his attention and he was quickly discouraged. Jackson sweeps the 2nd through 5th rounds with the same approach. He uses 1-2’s to score and his legs to get out of harm’s way. Ramos knows he is down and he is aggressive to start the 6th. Ramos has his best round, landing a nice right hand inside and another later to carry the round. It is too little too late as Jackson has banked the first 5 rounds. FightNews/RMB scores it 59-55 while judges ringside Ed Kugler, John Ulibarri and Tyrone short agree scoring the fight 58-56 for Jackson who improves his record to 15-8-1, 7KOs. Ramos goes back to the drawing board having lost his first fight as a professional falling to 4-1, 1KO.
Villereal Shows Veteran Grit
In the co main event Victor Villereal, 164.4, used veteran guile to outwork and outland Nebraska’s Aaron Quintana, 171.2. Quintana had the edge in speed, size and skills but Villereal showed true veteran grit as he survived the early storm brought on by ‘El Toro’. Quintana used a nice left hook to the body followed by a straight right hand to score but whenever he did, Villereal came right back and landed his own shots. Villereal edged out the first round but Quintana came storming back in the second and third with nice combination punching to win the rounds. Quintana lands some hard shots but Villereal takes them very well. Villereal lands a hard right hand in the fourth and Quintana takes a step back and acknowledges the punch as his nose starts to pour blood. Near the end of the round Villereal lands a nice ’45’ that visibly hurts Quintana and wins him the round. In the 5th Villereal looks to be slowing down, but he didn’t let up. Quintana was unable to take advantage as he simply wouldn’t let his hands go. Villereal is outworking him and wins the round. Both men open the 6th aggressively, looking to land that one big shot to end it. Quintana works the body very well but Villereal never stops punching. The round is very close and although FightNews/RMB scored it for Quintana for a draw, there is no argument that Villereal won the round and fight. Judges ringside Tyrone Short and John Ulibarri see it 59-55 and Ed Kugler sees it a shut-out at 60-54. Villereal moves to 10-6-2, 5KOs while Quintana suffers his first defeat slipping to 6-1, 3KOs.
Santiago Edges Buterbaugh by Split Decision
Juan ‘El Chago’ Santiago, 141.6, desperately needed a win and his bout with Terry Buterbaugh, 142.8, seemed to be just what the doctor ordered. Buterbaugh is always aggressive and is right in your face throwing punches. Santiago has heavy hands but not one punch KO power. These two met in the center of the ring and went right to work, banging away with shots to both the body and the head. Santiago gets Buterbaugh’s attention early in the first with a right hand that stuns him. Buterbaugh is undeterred and continues his assault on Santiago’s body. Santiago sweeps the first three rounds with his well-placed shots but Buterbaugh’s making a fight of it. Buterbaugh begins to catch up to Santiago, after wearing him down with relentless pressure, in the 5th. Buterbaugh has his best round and wins it. The 6th is close but Buterbaugh’s aggression and work rate earns him the round. FightNews/RMB scores it 48-47 for Santiago. Judge ringside John Ulibarri scored it 49-46 for Buterbaugh but Ed Kugler scored it 49-46 for Santiago and Tyrone Short sees an even round scoring it 49-47 for the winner by split decision, Juan Santiago. Santiago gets back in the win column to right his ship at 14-10-1, 8KOs while Buterbaugh approaches .500 at 9-8-3, 4KOs.
Zapata Showboats His Way to a Draw
The heavyweight bout was full of controversy. Hugo Arceo, 237.6, tried to use his heavy hands and steady work rate to slow down Rudy ‘Phatsoe’ Zapata, 251.2, but Zapata showboated and counter punched his way to a seemingly easy decision win. In the first Arceo comes out slugging and Zapata obliges by putting his back to the ropes and inviting him in. Zapata is fairly fast and he is slipping most of the shots and landing crisp counter left hooks. Arceo is determined and he keeps plugging away with heavy shots to the body, which Zapata seems content to take. Mid round Arceo lands a hard right hand that bloodies and possibly breaks Zapata’s nose, covering him in a crimson mask. Zapata wins the round, but it is very close. The second sees more of the same with Zapata on the ropes slipping and Arceo digging into the soft body of Zapata. Zapata lands a lead left hook and then showboats to the crowd. Arceo lands two left hooks and a right to the body. Zapata lands another lead left hook and rather than following up, he walks off. Zapata is pointing and talking to people in the crowd and he gets a much deserved warning from referee Rob Mullings and gives up the round to Arceo. In the 3rd Zapata ‘shoe shines’ the body of Arceo from the ropes and then does a pirouette of sorts. Arceo continues to bang away at the body hoping to slow Zapata down. Near the end of the round Zapata stuns Arceo with a stiff jab and follows up well landing a hard left hook to the body. Zapata wins the round. In the 4th Arceo looks completely discouraged and shuts down his work rate, barely landing a punch. Zapata is on point and lands the jab and then left hook to the body. He mixes it up well and lands a straight right to the body followed by a left hook to the head that hurts Arceo. Zapata turns it up and lands hard left and right hooks to the head that stagger Arceo as he looks ready to go. Zapata finishes with 3 hard hooks in a row to dominate the final round which FightNews/RMB actually scores 10-8, without a knockdown. The FightNews/RMB card reads 39-36 for Zapata. Judges ringside disagree as Tyrone Short has it 39-37 for Zapata but is overruled by Ed Kugler and John Ulibarri who see the fight even at 38-38 for a majority draw. This was a fight that was closer than it had to be. If Zapata fought the entire fight the way he fought the last round he wins easily but between the showboating and laying in the ropes he allowed the winner to come into question. Neither man advances their record with the draw as Arceo now stands at 3-0-1, 3KOs and Zapata is 2-0-1, 1KO. Zapata’s trainer, former jr. welterweight contender Donald ‘2-Slick-2-Quick’ Camarena, said there is a 6 round rematch in the works.
Martinez Drops Villalba for Decision Win
Wyoming’s Sammy Martinez, 131.6, is always in exciting fights and this one with Esteban Villalba, 133, was no exception. Martinez is a southpaw and has a pretty heavy left hand. Martinez wades into the pocket with body shots. Villalba uses good footwork to move and land his 1-2. Martinez works him into a corner and lands a couple of good punches. Villalba lands a nice counter right over the straight left of Martinez but Martinez wins the round. There is a good exchange in Villalba’s corner to start the 2nd with Villalba getting the better of it. Martinez is pressuring but only landing glancing blows. Villalba lands a hard right hand that Martinez takes well but Villalba wins the round. Martinez lands a huge left hook that puts Villalba flat on his back. Surprisingly Villalba beats the count by referee Stephen Blea. He moves and holds when he has to and survives the remainder of the round. Martinez lands a left hook and uppercut that snaps Villalba’s head back at the end of the 10-8 round for Martinez. Villalba lands a right hook to start the fourth and final round and they go to war with heated exchanges. Villalba lands a left hook that hurts Martinez and he takes his first step backward of the fight. Villalba is now stalking Martinez looking to capitalize while Martinez retreats and complains of a blow to the back of the head, which he turned away from. Villalba lands a 1-2 and Martinez throws him to the canvass in frustration. Villalba wins the round on the FightNews/RMB card. The FightNews/RMB card has the fight 2-2 in rounds but 38-37 in score, for Martinez, with the knockdown being the difference. Judges ringside Tyrone Short, John Ulibarri and Ed Kugler all see the fight 39-36 for Martinez.
Cardona Crushes Hill
Isaac Cardona, 167.8, used pressure and a heat seeking right hook to stop southpaw Joe Hill, 169.6. Both fighters are very tall and rangy and each looks to establish their jab. Hill fights as tall as he is and Cardona is working to get inside. The first round is pure feeling out and FightNews/RMB scores it even. Cardona opens up in the 2nd and lands a hard right hand while Hill looks to jab and move. Cardona lands another straight right but then misses wildly. Cardona lands a right hook just as Hill is ducking and it lands hard on top of his head sending him to the seat of his pants. Hill beats the count but takes the same punch moments later. He manages to stay upright as the round comes to a close. Hill looks fully recovered as he is back to jabbing and moving but Cardona lands another hard right hook and Hill slumps to the canvass in the corner. He gets to his feet but is very wobbly and referee Rob Mullings rightfully calls a halt to the contest at :52 of the third. Cardona improves to 2-0, 2KOs while Hill drops to 6-3, 2KOs.
Straus and Montgomery Put on ‘Fight of the Night’
The ‘Fight of the Night’ was put on by Katrel Straus, 166, and ‘The War Chief’ John Montgomery, 161.2, who is from Deadwood, South Dakota. Although the skill level was low, the excitement was very high as these two southpaws battered one another from pillar to post for the better part of 4 rounds. Straus lands a left hook and then a right hook that almost sends Montgomery out of the ring, early in the round. Montgomery beats the count. Not long after Straus lands a straight right after switching stances that sends Montgomery reeling across the ring and although he didn’t go down referee Stephen Blea correctly ruled a knockdown as the only thing that kept him from flying into the first row was the ropes. They circle each other and then Montgomery lets loose a right hook that sends Straus down hard, flat on his back. Surprisingly he beats the count and then lands a straight left that sends Montgomery’s mouthpiece flying. Montgomery shoots a couple south of the border and gets a stern warning from Blea. Montgomery walks to the wrong corner. The round is scored 10-8 for Straus. Montgomery comes out aggressive but finds himself on the canvass again courtesy of a left hand from Straus. Straus is looking the worse for wear despite the three knockdowns he has scored. Montgomery is starting to take over a bit loading up and landing left hands, both hooks and straight lefts. He continues to work landing 3 straight lefts in a row but then goes to the body and a couple stray below the belt. Blea takes a point which leaves the round at 10-7 for Straus with the knockdown. Montgomery controls the 3rd round with his jab and straight left hand. Straus is seemingly spent. Montgomery lands a nice uppercut from the ropes while Straus is trying to smother him and his shots. Straus lands a right hand and left hook that hurts Montgomery at the end of the round but Montgomery wins it. Montgomery has a small cut under his left eye in the 4th. Straus lands a right hook to the body and left hook to head that hurts Montgomery. He traps him in the corner and lands 3 more left hooks which crumble Montgomery to the canvass. Blea gives him the count and he makes it to his feet but he is in no condition to continue and the fight is over at :40 of the 4th and final round. This fight was rock ’em sock ’em robots from start to finish and the fight fans loved it. Montgomery loses his first fight as a pro dropping to 2-1, 1KO while Straus climbs to .500 at 3-3-1, 2KOs. Each fighter received a 3 foot trophy for their ‘Fight of the Night’ battle.
Morales Mows Quezada Down In Two
In the opener Jose Morales, 132.6, survived a first round onslaught from Martin Quezada, 131.8, to stop him in the second. Quezada came out guns a blazing landing a left and right hook combo that hurt Morales. Morales fights back with his own shots but Quezada staggers him with a lead uppercut and wins the round. Morales comes out much faster in the 2nd and switches to southpaw where he has success with the right hook to the body which forces Quezada to take a knee. Morales looks to finish him on the ropes as he bangs away with heavy shots. Referee Rob Mullings tells Quezada ‘you gotta show me something’. Morales lands another right hook to the body which brings Quezada’s hands down. Morales fires off a hard 1-2 and Mullings steps in to rightfully stop the bout and save Quezada from more punishment at 1:52 of the 2nd round. Morales improves to 7-4, 2KOs while Quezada falls to 2-6, 2KOs.
Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and Poor Boys Pro Boxing put on an 8 bout show that gave Colorado fight fans their money’s worth as evidenced by the loud cheers and standing ovations after several of the fights. Ring announcer Al Charron did a great job and even had all the fathers in the crowd stand for a round of applause. Smitty will be back with his next show at the end of August followed up by shows on October 3rd and November 15th.