By Chris Morris / rockymountainboxing.com
In the very best fight in recent memory, super featherweights Juan Santiago (7-1-1, 5 KOs) and Jose Morales (5-1, 1 KO) staged an all out war that far exceeded the expectations on Saturday night at Red & Jerrys in Denver, Colorado. The two warriors landed an incredible amount of power shots and it soon turned into ‘any punch you land, I can land one harder’ and they one-upped each other for every minute of every round. In the end there were no losers as fans went back and forth in a frenzy of cheering on both fighters with chants of ‘Juan-Juan-Juan’ and ‘Mex-ico-Mex-ico, Jose-Jose’ supercharging the atmosphere. Santiago earns a unanimous decision and the State 130lb title while handing Morales the first loss of his career, which should carry no shame. Scores were 38-37 on all three judges cards.
Undercard action was well matched as well with female bantamweight Brittany Cruz winning a razor thin decision over Claudia Guiterrez, 38-37 across the board with a flash knockdown in the second round of the four rounder proving to be the difference.
Light heavyweight Anthony Wehr remained undefeated and looked much improved with new trainer, Rick Lopez, as he out-pointed tough Tim Kane in a four rounder.
Marcos Herrera remained undefeated as he very narrowly beat veteran Corey Alaracon by split decision. The eight-month layoff for Herrera was very evident in his return to the ring.
In the opener, Alejandro Castillo chopped down Jacob Featherman with an impressive arsenal of combinations including triple left hooks, he surely learned from his trainer since day one, Colorado’s own Donald Camarena. Castillo has all the tools and as they continue to be tuned he will quickly become a fighter making noise on the national level. The end came at 2:03 of the first round.