By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran
Pictures by Cynthia Valdez and Lorenza Garcia
On a blistering cold Colorado night, Airtight Boxing teamed up with American Dream promotions to produce an action packed event. Inside a ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel, fans braved the cold weather and showed up to support Steve Mestas and Airtight Boxing. Fans were treated to a few stunning knockouts and a wild, give and take, main event.
Armando Rodriguez wins an exhilarating spilt decision over a game Raymond Nichol. In a give and take first round, the more accurate Rodriguez took the round. Nichol applied pressure but Rodriguez was pin point with his shots. Rodriguez was the busier fighter in round two as Nichol seemed a little winded. Nichol came on strong late but Rodriguez easily won the round with his body attack in the first two minutes. Nichol had a good round three but he is unable to out hustle the accurate Rodriguez. Nichol is fighting in spurts while Rodriguez is fighting complete rounds.
Rodriguez controls the first two minutes of round four but once again Nichol comes on strong in the final minute. Rodriguez wins the round with accurate punching and a steady body attack. Nichol resorted to throwing haymakers in an effort to change the landscape of the fight. But Rodriguez is defensively sound and continues to pound Nichol with body shots. Round six is a slugfest as both fighters go for the kill. Rodriguez is using his pin point accuracy to fend off a charging Nichol. Nichol is throwing bombs, showing heart and grit.
After 6 rounds, RMB/FightNews scores it 60-54 for Armando Rodriguez.
Judge Tyrone Short scores it 59-55 Rodriguez. Judge Jeanie McEvoy scores it 59-54 Nichol. Judge Ed Kuglar scores it 59-55 for your winner by split decision, Armando Rodriguez. Rodriguez improves to 2-1 while Nichol falls to .500 at 3-3-1, 2KOs.
Simmons too fast and skilled for Garcia
In an entertaining first round, Kirstie Simmons and Alma Garcia went to battle. Simmons fast hands were too much for the heavy handed Garcia. 10-9 round for Simmons. Simmons went to work in round two, unleashing combinations onto Garcia. A nice 2-3 combo stamped the round for Simmons. Garcia is tiring in round three and Simmons is in a grove. Simmons hands are too fast as she rips 6 and 7 punch combinations to keep winning rounds.
Simmons sweeps the fight with an excellent fourth round. Simmons is just too skilled for the debuting Garcia. 40-36 across the boards. Simmons improves 3-1 while Garcia remains winless at 0-2.
Diaz destroys Saucedo.
Reyes Diaz and Chris Saucedo battled in an exciting first round cruiserweight bout. Diaz dropped Saucedo with a counter left hook midway through the first. It was back and forth after that as both fighters traded power shots. Diaz earns the 10-8 round. Saucedo is exhausted from the first round and Diaz is pummeling him in the ring. A big right hand drops and finishes Saucedo at 1:51 in round two.
Diaz improves to 3-0, 3KOs while Saucedo drops to 1-1, 1KO.
Galvadon impressively stops Nunez in Two
Both fighters come out gunning for each other. Nunez staggers Galvadon with a left. Galvadon responds with a straight right that drops Nunez. They proceed to throw caution to the wind and slug it out for the rest of the round which Galvadon wins 10-8. Nunez is hurt and exhausted from round one and Galvadon jumps on him to start the second. Early on, Galvadon levels Nunez with a left hook to the body. Nunez is unable to continue and the end comes at :55 of the round.
Galvadon debuts at 1-0, 1KO while Nunez drops to 1-3.
Scripture too big and powerful for Saucedo
In an exhibition bout, Grudge fighter and Justin Salas trained, Andrew Scripture stopped Nate Saucedo at 1:08 of the first round. Thirty seconds into the bout, Scripture drops Saucedo with a big right hand. Saucedo fought back but came up short as an attacking Scripture finished the show with a barrage of punches. No records were affected as this was an exhibition only.
After his thrilling victory in the ring, Armando Rodriguez’s handlers as well as representatives from team Donovan Estrella, had a short meeting about a possible January match up. Donald Camarena, trainer to Rodriguez, clearly stated that the bout would have to take place at 135. Although Estrella was hesitant and insisted that the bout take place at 132, fighter and trainer shook hands and agreed to a bout. Please stay tuned for more details.