By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran at ringside
Steve Mestas and Airtight Boxing returned to Red & Jerry’s in Sheridan, Colorado, for an action packed night of fights this past Friday. In the main event, local fan favorite Alfred ‘The Tornado’ Romero returned to action and demolished Richard Baldo in the first round. The undercard was full of knockouts and action too.
The main event saw the fighters meet in the center of the ring and go to work. About a minute into the round, Romero sends Baldo to the canvas with a straight right hand. Baldo is able to the beat the count and fight on. Moments later Romero flattens Baldo with a heavy 1-2 and while Baldo is falling to the canvass Romero also catches him with a powerful uppercut ending the fight. Romero is your winner with a 1st round KO. Romero improves to 5-2, 4KOs while Baldo falls to 1-4, 1KO.
In heavyweight action, debuting Rudy ‘Phatsoe’ Zapata squared off with Isaiah Barela. Zapata comes out pumping his jab and lead right hands. Barela stalks his opponent, trying to close the distance. Barela is eating shots and decides to bull rush his opponent into the ropes. After a body attack from Barela, Zapata finds an opening and stuns Barela with a left hook. A quick right hook finishes Barela off. Up by the count of five, Barela quits on his feet.
Zapata is your winner by first round KO. Zapata opens his professional career 1-0, 1KO while Barela drops to 4-3, 3KOs . Dawkins Beats Ayala By Split Decision
In a Jr. middleweight bout, Marcus Dawkins from Colorado Springs faced off with Alejandro Ayala of Denver. Ayala controls the first round with good footwork and busier hands. RMB/FightNews scores the round 10-9 for Ayala.
Dawkins, a southpaw, picks up the pace in second and out hustles Ayala pulling the fight to even on the RMB/FightNews scorecard.
The third round has little action. Ayala fights from the outside trying to pot shot Dawkins. Dawkins continues to control the fight from the center of the ring winning the round with his controlled aggression.
The fourth round is all Dawkins. Dawkins has found a rhythm and is firing on all cylinders. Midway through the round Dawkins catches Ayala with big straight left, sending Ayala’s mouthpiece flying across the ring. The round finally gave the crowd something to cheer for.
RMB/FightNews scores the bout 39-37 for Dawkins. Judge John Ulibarri scores the fight 39-37 for Ayala. Tom Johnson scores the bout 39-37 while Jeanne McEvoy scores it 40-36 for your winner by split decision, Marcus Dawkins.
Dawkins improves to 2-0 while Ayala drops to 0-2.
Rob Frankel, preparing for his upcoming bout with Paul Spadaforda, held an exhibition bout with Giovanni Merceron.
Merceron is a pro fighter with a 1-0, 1KO record. He showed tremendous footwork and calmness in the pocket. He also showed ability to counter punch and position himself.
Another exhibition bout nearly got out of hand between Martin Quezada and Jorge Aguina. Aguina was showboating in the corner when Quezada clocked him sending him to the canvass. Both fighters then decided to throw professionalism out the window and make the exhibition a full on fight, despite the bout not counting on either fighter’s ledger.
AirTight Boxing is looking to bring their next show to fight fans in early April.