Ringside report by David Finger
In front of nearly 300 excited fans in Hobbs, New Mexico, local prospect Gerardo Quintana, 164, nearly saw his undefeated record come to an unexpected end after fellow undefeated prospect Robert Josh Chavez, 162.2, of Albuquerque pushed him to the limit over four rounds. Quintana was clearly befuddled early as Chavez boxed beautifully in the opening round, easily sidestepping Quintana’s aggressive onslaught early to outbox Quintana for much of the round. However a hard right-cross rattled Chavez in the final twenty seconds of the round, prompting many fans ringside to assume that the hard punching Quintana had found his range and would make quick work of Chavez in the second.
Although Chavez started the round cautiously, Quintana still failed to diversify his attack, allowing Chavez to reestablish his rythem by the rounds end. Although Quintana landed a clubbing left hook midway through the round, it soon became clear that Quintana was having considerably more difficultly than anticipated from the slick boxing Chavez. Round three saw Chavez box well as Quintana started to slow down, but despite his smooth defensive moves, Chavez failed to fully capitalize. Whereas he would often make Quintana miss five shots coming in, Chavez often threw less than one (which also would miss) in return, despite dominating in Willie Pep fashion defensively.
Perhaps recognizing that the fight was in peril in the fourth round, Quintana came out slugging in the fourth, throwing compact hooks and looping overhand rights against his fleet footed foe. Still, Quintana failed to cut off the ring as effectively as he could have, allowing Chavez to always stay “just outside” of the punching range of Quintana.
The spilt decision victory ultimately went to the hometown fighter, who was rewarded for his agressivness. Judge’s Sandy Pino and Mark Sanchez scored the fight 39-37 for Quintana, while judge Juan Nunez scored the fight 39-37 for Chavez. Fightnews had the fight 39-38 for Chavez. Quintana, who improves to 4-0-1, 3 KO’s, still looks to be one of the top prospects in the state of New Mexico, but he needs to carefully study the tape of last nights fight and work on cutting off the ring better. Chavez, who drops to 2-1, 0 KO’s, should see his stock actually rise from his gritty performance against Quintana.
Urquizo TKOs Lafon
In the co-main event, Clovis light heavyweight Ricardo “Rico” Urquizo, 178, scored an impressive TKO over debuting MMA fighter turned boxer Dustin Ray Lafon, 179, from Lubbock Texas. Urquizo struggled in his pro debut, being held to a draw against Lizandro Feliciano in December of last year in a fight card in Roswell. However, although Lafon, who took the fight on two days notice, showed some athleticism, his inexperience was no match for Urquizo’s power.
Lafon came out behind a flicking jab and decent footwork, but it became clear that he had no answer for the punching power of Urquizo. A hard left hook dropped Lafon midway throguht the round, and although Lafon got up and tried to fight back gamely, he clearly lacked the power to keep Urquizo off him. By the second round Lafon was spending a dangerous amount of time on the ropes, where Urquizo pounded the Texans body. A counter hook to the chin dropped Lafon again in the final minute of round two. Lafon again tried to fight back in the third, but after foolishly backing into the ropes in the opening minute, Urquizo pounced. The Clovis brawler unloaded on Lafon, landing a devastating right cross to the chin followed by another that had Lafon on Queer Street. Lafon fell to the canvas where referee Juan Nunez wisely waved the fight off at 1:55 of the third round. Urquizo improves to 1-0-1, 1 KO with the win. Lafon falls to 0-1.
Salinas stops Silva
Lightweight prospect Jose “Shorty” Salinas, 134.6, of Las Cruces looked like a world class prospect as he destroyed durable Victor Silva, 138, of Socorro by way of second round TKO. The fight, a rematch of an entertaining scrap from October of last year, saw Salinas absolutely dominate the fight with an impressive barrage of body punches that brought forth memories of Mike McCallum. Silva was dropped early in the first with a hard left hook to the chin, but Salinas wisely chose to mix up his attack with devastating body shots that had Silva grimacing in pain. The strategy worked beautifully as Silva dropped his guard in response to the body attack, opening up his chin for a picture perfect counter that dropped him again at 2:50 of the first round. Although Silva got up on shaky legs and survived the round, he was quickly overwhelmed by Salinas at the start of the second. A series of bone crushing body shots dropped Silva again in the opening minute of the round, prompting his corner to throw in the white towel at 1:12 of the second. With the TKO win Salinas improves to 3-0, 3 KO’s while Silva drops to 1-3, 1 KO.
Davis outworks “retired” Torres
Vancouver, Washington’s Jason Davis, 147.2, put forth an entertaining performance as he outworked Albuquerque’s Jeremiah Torres, 143.2 over four rounds. Davis’ career was in freefall, losing eight of his last nine fights (with the ninth fight a no-decision) after coming out of the gate as a pro with an 11-1-1 record. However, Davis picked the right fighter to turn things around, as Torres himself had only one win since 2005 (a split decision over 0-5 Derrick Lopez). Davis dominated the fight, outworking the shopworth Torres over four rounds. Although there were no knockdowns, the decision was never in dispute with Davis winning the unanimous decision by scores of 40-36 (on Sandy Pino and Joe Coca’s card) and 39-37 (on Michael Sanchez’s card). Fightnews had the fight 40-36 for Davis, who improves to 12-9-1, 3 KO’s. With the loss Torres slips to 8-23, 1 KO.
Pacheco wins battle of unwon
In the opening fight of the night winless Jesus Pacheco, 125.8, captured his first win of his career after defeating winless Brandon Salazar, 126, by way of four round majority decision. Salazar looked strong in the opening round, but Pacheco fought back effectively to capture the second and third rounds. Judges Mark Sanchez and Sandy Pino both scored the fight 39-37 for Pacheco. Judge Joe Coca scored the fight 38-38. Fightnews also scored the fight 38-38. With the win Pacheco improves to 1-3 while Salazar drops to 0-2.
School of Hard Knocks Promotions and Promoter Isidro Castillo again scored a knockout with a quality card featuring local fighters in entertaining brawls. Castillo plans to come back to Club La Sierra for another knockout card sometime later this year.