By Bill Green
Grand Island Nebraska is beginning to find a home for Pro boxing while in the process building a strong fan base for Kearney, Nebraska, power punching lightweight Brandon “Pit-bull” Quintana. Quintana well known in the area for his three straight explosive knockouts in the Heartland area was back to his old tricks on Saturday night as he landed his trademark left hook to the liver causing the first of three eventual knockdowns and earning a 2nd round TKO victory over veteran MMA/Boxer, Chad “Obie” Obermiller of Hasting’s Nebraska. The Quintana vs. Obermiller was the main event of a scheduled 6 round lightweight bout at the Platte Deutshe Event Center, located in Grand Island, Nebraska, promoted by Double R Promotions.
In the first round the much taller 6’1, Obermiller was able to catch the smaller 5’6 Quintana with sharp combinations and bloody the nose of the more seasoned and favored Quintana. However, Obermiller’s early success may have been his downfall as Quintana seemed to turn up the heat and fight with more urgency in the 2nd round. The old boxing cliché is when you have power you are never too far out of the fight. Quintana proved that tonight as midway into the 2nd round he was able to cut the ring off and land a crippling left hook to the ribs of Obermiller sending him crashing to the seat of his pants. Obermiller would beat the count but he clearly never fully recovered from the punch and was dropped two more times by a swarm of punches by Quintana. After some initial confusion the fight was stopped due to the 3 knockdown rule set in place by the Nebraska Athletic Commission. Quintana has won 4 out his last 5 fights and improves to 6-7 (5) while Obermiller loses his pro boxing debut and remains winless at 0-1.
In the co-main event Mitchell, Nebraska’s Javier “El Bombitas” Conde won a workmanlike 6 round majority decision over Sook Siyajuck, of Kansas City, Missouri in the scheduled 6 rd. lightweight contest. The pace and skill level by both fighters may have not been at an elite level but clearly both fighters desired a “W” and the fans were rewarded with a nice back and forth brawl. In the early rounds Conde would display a strong body attack and land occasional chopping right hands to the head of Siyajuk. Siyajuk, would score with occasional counter punches but seem to be a bit too passive. Rounds 3 and 4 saw both fighters missing with wild shots but Conde remained a bit more aggressive. Siyajuk landed some straight left hands to cause a cut to the left cheek of Conde but his corner did a nice job of controlling the cut. The late rounds was more of the same as fatigue started to set in as both fighters would land but no longer have the same snap or explosive results on their punches. The rounds were extremely close as both fighters were evenly matched. The 6th round may have been Conde’s best as he landed a big overhand right stunning Siyajuk. Trainer Artie Medina shouted out great instructions of right uppercut – left hook to the body and Conde would respond. Both guys clearly are limited with their talent /skills but their heart and courage is another story. Conde would go on to win by scores of 59-54, 58-56, and 57-57 even. Conde improves to 5-19 (4) while Siyajuck drops to 3-8 (3).
Lincoln Nebraska Super Middleweight and former runner up 2002 National Golden Gloves Champion, Aaron “Baby Bull” Quintana remained undefeated with a 1st round knockout as he destroyed late replacement fighter, Mike George, of nearby Hastings, Nebraska, in a scheduled 4 rd. Light heavyweight contest. Quintana was locked in from the opening bell and applied relentless pressure on his opponent while landing explosive combinations to the body and head causing a standing eight count on George moments into the fight. Midway into the 1st round Quintana would disregard George’s offense and punish him along the ropes by landing a paralyzing right hook-left hook combination to the temple of George causing him to fall merciful through the ropes. Aaron “Baby Bull” Quintana remains undefeated at 6-0-1 (5). George drops his pro debut and falls to 0-1.
In possibly the best performance of the night, former Nebraska National Jr Golden Glove Champion, Emilio Hernandez, of Kearney, Nebraska, electrified the crowd with a jaw dropping first round Knockout over Chris Hurt, from Kansas City, Missouri in a scheduled 4 rd. middleweight contest. Hurt strategy to exchange power shots with Hernandez would prove to be the wrong approach as he was caught with a brutal straight right hand-left hook combination flush on his chin causing to him to go down and out just: 19 into the 1st round. Hernandez wins his pro debut in exciting fashion improving to 1-0 (1) while Hurt remains winless at 0-3.
Scottsbluff, Nebraska, native and former amateur prospect, Omar “Psycho” Pena made his pro debut in the lightweight division a successful one as he scored two knockdowns and earned an easy 4 round Unanimous decision win over Cody “Locked N Loaded” Land, of Hastings Nebraska. Pena would box well from the outside in rounds 1 and 2 scoring with left jabs and lead right hands. Land very strong and athletic would apply steady pressure and look to land power shots. In the 3rd round, Pena would drop Land with a solid barrage of punches to both the body and head. Land would beat the count and fight well throughout the round despite the knockdown. The 4th round Pena settled down more on his punches and landed a well-timed left jab overhand right cross to the head of Land causing him to retreat to the corner. Pena would jump all over him landing power shots while dropping Land yet again. Land well known in the MMA scene as being a “tough as nails” type fighter didn’t disappoint his fans as he got off the canvas and held on to lose the decision but gaining plenty of fans in the process. Pena wins his pro debut and improves to 1-0 while Land drops to 0-1.