Report and photos by Eric ‘Suga Foot’ Duran
On a cloudy but beautiful Saturday in Southwest Denver, Duran Hill and Sting Like a Bee Promotions presented a three-bout boxing event at PT’S Showclub. In the main event, the skilled and highly talented, Manny Lopez returned to action following his audition for Top Rank. Unfortunately, he was in against an over-matched opponent in Lance Dickelman. Lopez, a mere 15 seconds in, crushed Dickelman with an overhand right, sending the Wyoming native crashing to the canvas. Dickelman rose on unsteady legs but in hindsight, he should have just taken the 10 count. Moments later, Lopez landed a devastating four-punch combination, the last two landing on an already dazed and confused Dickelman. Lopez, who improves to 3-0, 3 KOs, is tremendously skilled and has all the tools; he is a fighter who local fans and prospect watchers need to keep an eye on.
In the co-main event, El Paso’s Jennifer Han, sister of Top Rank prospect Abie Han, won a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Connecticut’s Karen Dulin. Han showed a crisp jab and great footwork. “I ask a lot of Jennifer and we hope to make some noise real soon,” was the comment from trainer Luigi Olcese. All three judges scored the fight 80-72. Han improves 9-2-1 while Dulin drops to 2-13.
In a five round female featherweight bout, the tough and durable D.J. Morrison faced Kirstie Simmons. It was an entertaining bout in spots as Simmons used her boxing skills to frustrate Morrison. However, Morrison was able to cut off the ring and outwork Simmons on occasion. In a fairly competitive bout, Simmons walked away with a unanimous decision win. Simmons improves to 1-1 while Morrison drops to 3-19.