Ringside by Chris Cozzone & Gerardo Martinez
“Tougher than expected” might be understating late sub Johnny Frazier (2-6-3, 2 KOs), who came close to derailing unbeaten Gary Shaw Promotions’ fighter Archie Ray Marquez (11-0, 8 KOs, 1 NC) tonight at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, N.M. on a card promoted by Crespin Boxing Promotions and Mirabal Boxing. Through six rounds it was a relatively close fight, with Marquez ahead from sheer aggression. But in round seven, Frazier floored Marquez who made the count on shaky legs just as the bell rang. In the eighth and final round, Frazier stunned Marquez again with another knockdown. The bigger shock came when referee Tony Rosales disregarded what appeared to all a clean knockdown, then subtracted a point from Frazier for hitting Marquez behind the head. The fight went to the cards with Marquez winning a unanimous decision, scores of 78-72 twice and 77-74.
The referee’s move was one of several questionable decisions seen tonight.In the co-main, Las Vegas featherweight Amanda Crespin (4-4-1, 3 KOs) lost a controversial split decision to Carla Torres (2-1), scores of 58-56, 56-58 and 59-56; Albuquerque welter Vincent Mirabal (8-0, 1 KO) had to settle for a shutout decision over human punching bag Trenton Titsworth (3-11-1, 2 KOs), scores 60-54 x 3; In another mysterious decision, Brandi Montoya (0-1) outpunched yet lost to Natalie Roy (3-0), scores of 38-38, 40-36 and 40-37; cruiserweigh Adrian Lopez (1-1-1, 1 KO) outclassed Tim Means (2-1), though lost on the cards, scores of 38-38, 40-36 and 40-37; Colorado super flyweight Mike Herrera (1-1, 1 KO) was outpointed by Albuquerque debuter Leonardo Sanchez (1-0), scores of 38-38, 40-36 and 39-37; MMA fighter Donald Sanchez (1-0) was impressive in his boxing debut, outpointing Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-9) through four, scores of 40-36 x 3; and, in the opener, Roswell lightweight John Herrera (2-1) fought to a draw with Espanola’s Antonio Martinez (1-1, 1 KO), scores of 38-38 twice and 39-38. Stay tuned for a full report and photos tomorrow.