A fiasco of a card, promoted by Red Fist Promotions and unsanctioned by any known commission, took place on Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Shiprock High School in Shiprock, N.M. In the main event, Thaddine Swifteagle Johnson (7-0, 6 KOs) defended a collection of ambiguous featherweight belts (WPBA, WIBU, WIBC, NABC) to knock out a total unknown, in what might be the mismatch of the decade for New Mexico. The fighter was Daisy Vazquez and though she was announced as “12-2” by the ring announcer, she fought like she’d never tried on a pair of gloves.
One trusted eyewitness wrote us: “Thaddine must’ve paid her opponent to take a fall! In the first seconds of the first round, Thaddine stepped up to her opponent but didn’t even touch her and the opponent went down almost a full 10 count. Then she gets up then goes to a corner where Thaddine taps her with a few little taps and her opponent goes down and out for the count. It was over in like one minute.”
Another report went like this: “I drove 200 miles round trip to see the RedFistPromotions fight at the high school gym in Shiprock and it wasn’t worth the time or drive. The event started an hour an a half late. And no reason was given to the very minimal size crowd of a few hundred people (including infants and families of the boxers.) Of the four preliminaries, two were a school yard brawl between teenage girls; the other two were passably entertaining but lacked suspense and one ended in round one. The main event, billed as a title bout was a total fiasco and a ruse. Thaddine Johnson’s opponent was not announced until the day before and turned out to be a nose diver! After slipping 10 seconds into the first round, falling on the canvas and waiting at least 10 seconds to get up, within the next 20 seconds she was pummeled into submission without raising a glove and the fight was over. BS! Where’d they find this Daisy Vazquez? At the supermarket checkout on the afternoon of the fight? I am appalled that this stuff goes on. It is a blemish on New Mexico boxing and on women’s boxing. The number of “belts” is a joke and the ranking system for women’s boxing is ludicrous, no wonder they are both on the ropes.”
In other results on the unsanctioned card:
Brittney Hadley fought a four-round draw with Chavira Jack in a four-rounder between debuters.
Debuter Andre Harrison from Cove, Ariz. won a four-round unanimous decision over Socorro’s Miguel Armandariz (0-5-1).
Albuquerque’s Raymond “Hollywood” Montes won by first round KO over Rufus Shurne (0-3) of Tyler, Texas.