By Bill Green at ringside
In a battle of Colorado Heavyweights, Joey “The Beast” Montoya, of Colorado Springs, out pointed Denver’s Chris “Da Future” Green in route to a unanimous decision victory on Friday Night at the EXDO Event Center located in downtown Denver, Colorado. The scheduled eight round Heavyweight contest was promoted by Sting Like a Bee and Strictly Boxing Promotions.
The much busier Montoya would out hustle the fatigued Green down the stretch in a pure slugfest that had both fighters reeling in several fast paced rounds. Green, a local youth football coach, would shoot out of his corner like a linebacker looking for a quarterback. The difference was this quarterback, named Montoya, would hit back and quite often. Green definitely had his moments and even managed to knock Montoya’s mouthpiece out of his mouth with a booming right hand in the 3rd round but Montoya would absorb Green’s early onslaught and fire back with quick flurries to steal the early to mid-rounds. Green’s attack was mechanical at times and he laid on the ropes too much as the more experienced Montoya would land four punch combinations to both the body and head of Green. In the end Montoya was rewarded with his workmanlike performance by scores of 77-75 Ulibarri, 78-74 McEvoy, and 79-73 Kugler all for the winner and new “Sting Like a Bee” heavyweight champion. Montoya improves to 5-1-3 (3 KOs) while Green drops to 8-7-1 (6 KOs). Promoter Duran Hill was pleased with the local crowd support and stated “Chris, needed to let his hands go a bit more. Joey fought well and lost 20lbs for this fight so he definitely was motivated by this fight. We are looking at him defending his title in September.”
In the co-main event, former resident and 10x National Amateur Champion, Ricky “The Kid” Lopez knocked down journeyman fighter, David Green, with a signature left hook to the body midway into the fourth round and moments later finished off his overmatched opponent for good with a fierce body-head attack, causing referee, Stephen Blea, to call the action to a halt at 2:35 into the 4th round of a scheduled 5 round featherweight contest. Lopez, now fighting out of the famed Oxnard, California, area improves to 9-1 (4 KOs). Lopez continues to impress Golden Boy Promotions, whom have a watchful eye on the Super Bantamweight prospect’s bright future. Lopez stated “I rate myself a “C.” I pressed for the knockout a bit too much, instead of just breaking him down. But, I’m happy with the win. We want to stay active and hope to fight in about 45 days, possibly on Sept 1st in Puerto Rico.” Overall, a nice victory for the popular Lopez as he made good on his promise to “thrill” his hometown fans.
Working behind a stiff left jab, “Sgt.” John Franklin, of Kansas, Missouri, won a clear cut and unanimous decision over Johnell Lowery-Partlow, of Washington, District Columbia, in a scheduled 4 round Bantamweight division bout. The left jab of Franklin allowed him to set up an arsenal consisting of right uppercuts and thunderous body shots to the game but limited Partlow. Franklin’s body attack would echo throughout the ring, drawing plenty of awes from his several hundred friends, family, and soldiers. Franklin would go on to win by scores 39-37 Kugler, 39-37 McEvoy, and 40-37 Ulibarri. Franklin a 7x Armed Forces and 2011 National Champion stated “At, 28 years old, I have a lot of loss ground to make up in the pros. I will definitely be active. I’m going to fight again on July 28th in Atlanta and hopefully again in the fall.” Franklin has been sparring with 3-time Olympian Raushee Warren in Colorado Springs and is definitely one to watch. Franklin improves to 2-0 with 1 KO while Partlow drops to 0-1.
Denver, Colorado’s Tim Ibarra picked up his first win as a pro as he won a lopsided four round decision over fellow Colorado fighter, Richard Morales in a bantamweight contest. Ibarra knocked the chin tested Morales down in rounds 1 and 2, both with straight left-right combinations but was unable to finish him off despite the urgency from his corner. Ibarra would settle for a shutout and unanimous 4 round decision win over Morales with scores 40-33 Kugler, McEvoy 40-34 and 40-33 Ulibarri. Ibarra improves to 1-1 while Morales loses his pro debut and drops to 0-1.
Winless Colorado fighters Joel Gilliland 0-1 and Cruz Chacon engaged in a nice give and take brawl. Chacon displaying more power of the evenly matched cruiserweights was able to land to Gilliland’s body early to take the first round. Chacon’s effective body attack continued in the 2nd round with Gilliland taking a knee to the canvas courtesy of a lethal right hook to the liver. Gilliland would beat the count but a few seconds later he walked into a crowd awakening type overhand right hand that floored him yet again, this time for good. Time of the knockout was 1:41 into the 2nd round. Chacon improved to 1-3 (1) while Gilliland remains winless at 0-2.
California fighter, Jorge Aguilar, would disappoint the local crowd by earning a 4 rd. split-decision win over Colorado pro debut fighter, Nick Bushman. Round 1 was a fairly even round with Bushman mixing up his attack but carrying his lands too low. In round 2, Aguilar’s corner screamed for an overhand right hand and their fighter followed directions perfectly as moments later Bushman would be dropped to the canvas by a well-timed right hand. Bushman would beat the count fighting with more resurgence and rally down the stretch but in the end the 10-8 scored knockdown in the 2nd round was too much to overcome. In a close and spirited contest, the scores read Kugler (Aguilar) 38-37, McEvoy (Bushman) 38/37, and Ulibarri (Aguilar) 38-37. Aguilar improves to 4-3-3 (1) while Bushman drops to 0-1.