By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran
Photos by Michael V. Ornelas
Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and Poor Boys Boxing put on a good card in front of a sold out show at the Denver Athletic Club last Friday night on a beautiful Colorado night. The private show with no tickets available to the public was a fundraiser for the ‘Squash for Kids’ Club housed at the DAC. There were several items of memorabilia auctioned off including a great shot of Colorado native Ron Lyle against Muhammad Ali and an autographed photo of Gatti and Ward. In the main event, Giovanni “Predator” Merceron (4-1, 2 KOs) shut out Joel “Pirata” Vargas (4-14-2, 4 KOs) in a four-rounder with a 152lb contract weight.
Merceron did a lot of feeling out to begin round one, touching his opponent to find his distance. Vargas swung for the fences with bad intentions with left hooks and overhand rights. Merceron opened up towards the end of the round, unleashing combinations. Round two was closer as Vargas begins to connect with some big shots. He landed three big over hand rights that could have carried the round. However, Merceron stayed in the pocket and landed three- and four-punch combinations to finish the round strong. Merceron picked Vargas apart to begin the third. However, Vargas has a good middle of the round landing some big body shots, that Merceron took well. Merceron did well in the later stages by staying the pocket and countering. He worked his inside fight game too. Merceron dominated the fourth and final round, picking Vargas apart on the inside. He landed almost at will with heavy shots and combinations while slipping Vargas’ return bombs. All three judges score it a shut-out at 40-36 for Merceron.
The New ’2 Slick 2 Quick’ Dominates
In a featherweight bout, it was all Donovan Estrella in round one as opponent Elan Simon ate counter straights and uppercuts, but didn’t look to be discouraged. The second is another one sided round for Estrella as his hand speed proved to be too much for the shorter Simon. Not much action in round three as Simon wasn’t willing to engage with the counter punching Estrella. Estrella frustrated Simon, eluding his shots and peppering him with counter shots. Estrella went into showboat mode in round four and outclassed Simon, closing the show with another wide margin round. Estrella chose to fight the whole round in the southpaw position, countering Simon with right hooks. Although the bout is competitive it’s a runaway on the scorecards. All three judges score the bout 50-45, for Estrella, who improves to 3-0. Simon drops his first decision as a pro as he moves to 2-1-1, 1KO.
Estrella is now being trained by former Colorado contender Donald ’2-Slick-2-Quick’ Camarena from the TLC gym. It could be a perfect match as Estrella shares the style of Camarena. Camarena will look to polish his skillset and teach him the tricks of the style.
Quezada Forces Jihad to Quit
Jr welterweight Martin Quezada, the bigger puncher, snapped the head of Istafa Jihad back with straight rights and left hooks in round one. It was all Quezada in round two as he unleashed lead left hooks onto Jihad, who was staggered on a few occasions but hung in, landing a few shots of his own. Round three was another solid round for Quezada as he teed off on Jihad, but Quezada didn’t follow though and settled for single shots. In round four, Quezada is drilled Jihad with big shots and finally Jihad’d corner threw in the towel at 1:33 of the fourth round. Martin Quezada wins by TKO improving his record to 3-8, 3 KOs while Jihad chalks another to the loss column at 0-7.
Bonilla Makes Quick Work of Chesmore
The third bout of the night ended quickly at 52 seconds of the opening round when debuting cruiserweight Mason Chesmore couldn’t continue after a left hook from Christian Bonilla. Bonilla remains undefeated at 2-0, 2 KOs while Chesmore goes to 0-1.
Mike Seymour Quits After Dominating Opening Round
Heavyweight Andrew Klein came out aggressive but was winded after the first 30 seconds of the round. Between the sloppy style of Klein, Mike Seymour drilled him with counter right hands, winning the round. At 6 seconds of round two, Seymour complained of an eye injury and the bout is waved off making Klein a TKO winner.
Perro Pounds Jeppson
Not much action in round one as heavyweight Terrance Perro stayed behind his jab. Perro would occasionally drop a right hand onto the more tough man than boxer, Shawn Jeppson. Perro was more aggressive in round two, dropping Jeppson early on with a big right hand. Moments later, after Jeppson beat the count, he found himself flattened by an uppercut. The fight was over at 1:33 of the second. Perro evened his record to 2-2, 2KOs and Jeppson debuted at 0-1.
Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and Poor Boys Pro Boxing are eyeing a date in early May for the next show.