By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran
Photos: Michael V. Ornales
On Saturday, September 28, Raul Utajara and Ghost Town Gladiators put on an excellent, well matched, first class show in Longmont, Colorado. A six card bout had the fans on their feet all night. In the main event, popular local action fighter, Raul ‘El Chino’ Carrillo, won a thrilling six round unanimous decision against gritty vet Terry Buterbaugh.
Carrillo started strong from the gate, pushing Buterbaugh to the ropes and unleashing body shots. Buterbaugh hangs tough though, fighting back strong off the ropes. Much of the same in rounds two and three with Carrillo drilling Buterbaugh with power shots and Buterbaugh absorbing them and returning fire. A big right from Carrillo staggers Buterbaugh in the third. Carrillo continues his onslaught in rounds four and five, nearly leveling Buterbaugh with a counter right hand in the fourth. Buterbaugh doesn’t budge, giving everything he has to stay in the fight. Carrillo comes out looking to end matters in the final round. However, Buterbaugh has different plans. Buterbaugh is combination punching to escape the bull that is Carrillo.
After six tough rounds, Raul Carrillo is your winner by unanimous decision, 60-54 across the cards. Carrillo improves to 13-1, 7KOs while Buterbaugh slips to .500 at 9-9-3, 4KOs.
Ramos Takes The ‘0’ From Merceron
In the co-main, Jeremy Ramos squared off with Giovanni Merceron over 6 rounds. After a slow start, Ramos catches Merceron with a big left hook that hurts him, forcing Merceron to cover up along the ropes while Ramos bangs away to the body and head. Rounds two and three filled with back and forth action from both fighters but the relentless attack of Ramos is winning the rounds. Round four is a good round for Merceron but Ramos isn’t budging, trading shots with ‘Gio’ throughout the round. Round five is give and take for both fighters. Merceron senses he may be down and amps up his work. Ramos is pushing forward with combinations.
Ramos closes the fight with a strong sixth round. RMB/Fightnews scored the bout even, 57-57. Judges John Ulibarri and Ed Kuglar score it 60-54 while judge Tyrone Short scores it 59-55 for your winner by unanimous decision, Jeremy Ramos. Ramos gets back to winning moving to 5-1, 1KO and Merceron drops from the ranks of the undefeated at 3-1, 2KOs.
Montoya’s Youth Beats Ibarra’s Experience
In a cruiser weight bout, Joey Montoya and Carlos Ibarra battled it out over 7 rounds. After a solid but close round one for Ibarra, the bigger Montoya started to take over. Montoya was relentless over the next six rounds, blistering Ibarra from the outside. Montoya uses various combinations, going both to the body and head with his attack. ‘Charlie Hustle’ fights back though, although his punches are starting to lose their luster.
After seven grueling rounds, we go to the scorecards. RMB/Fightnews scores the bout 69-64. Judge Ed Kuglar and John Ulibarri score it the same, 69-64. Judge Tyrone Short sees it a shut-out at 70-63 for your winner by unanimous decision, Joey Montoya. Montoya is now 6-2-3, 3KOs and Ibarra slides to 10-4-1, 5KOs.
Rematch Ends In a Draw
Maurice Louishome and Victor Villareal battled to a 6 round draw. Although Louishome was slow to start, he easily swept rounds three through six on the RMB/FightNews scorecard. RMB/Fightnews scored the bout 59-55 Louishome. Judge Tyrone Short scored it 58-56 Louishome. He was overruled by John Ulabarri and Ed Kugler who saw the bout 57-57.
Louishome’s record sits at 6-0-1, 4KOs while Villareal is 10-7-3, 5KOs.
Medina Debuts With Win
Hilario Medina brought the wood in his pro debut against Ruben Santos. Medina is from La Familia gym and is trained by Randall Lopez. Medina was impressive, using a steady dose of everything in his arsenal. Santos was tough and fought strong but he was over matched on this night.
Medina prevails 40-35, including a knockdown, on all the scorecards. Medina debuts at 1-0 while Santos remains winless at 0-3.
In a four round bout, local fighter Carlos Marquez earned a decision over Angel Smith. Marquez moves to 4-1, 1KO while Smith is now 0-2.
Overall it was a great event with a packed house. Raul Utajara did his part by matching up a competitive fight card. The fighters kept up their end by giving all they had and the winners were the Colorado fight fans who came out to support the local scene.