By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos by Michael V. Ornelas
On a typical spring night as weather changes quickly from sunny to rainy and back again, like the ebb and flow of a fight, Airtight Boxing and Steve Mestas brought boxing to The Salon Madrid Event Center in Commerce City, just north of Denver.
Armando Rodriguez and Fransisco Lopez battle in Colorado’s fight of the year thus far. Kirstie Simmons shines in her victory. Manny Perez and Giovanni Merceron throw friendship out the window, entertain the crowd. Donald Cobb debuts in fashion.
Simmons Sizzles In Shut Out Win
The bantamweight fighters engage, at center ring, to start the round and the fight. The southpaw Simmons is picking apart her slower opponent, Utah’s Elizabeth Stevens. Simmons is on point tonight, landing laser like 1-2′s onto her opponent. Stevens is game but Simmons is locked in. Although a boxer first, Simmons is not afraid to mix it along the ropes whenever necessary. A beautiful 2-3 combination from Simmons blasts her opponent snapping her head back. Anderson is a slugger though and continues to stalk Simmons. It’s coming with a price as the quicker Simmons usually lands and escapes without much punishment.
Simmons is just too talented for Stevens, her ring generalship and skills are too much for her to handle. Stevens is still game in the fifth frame as Simmons is starting to land some nice body shots. Simmons ends the round with a beautiful 1-2 combination. Simmons is picking a part her opponent at will. A beautiful 1-2 from Simmons staggers Stevens. Steven’s left eye is swelling and blackening as the fight continues finishes.
RMB/ Fightnews scores the bout 60-54 For Kirstie Simmons. All three judges agree scoring it 60-54 for the winner, Kirstie Simmons. Simmons moves her record to 4-1 while Stevens slips to .500 at 3-3.
It won’t be long before Colorado fight fans will be calling for a match-up between Kirstie Simmons and Chantel “Gorgeous Babe” Cordova. They look to be on a collision course in the near future.
Rodriguez Wins Slugfest With Lopez
Francisco Lopez comes out strong, trying to test the fan favorite and lightweight, Armando Rodriguez. Rodriguez settles in and starts putting together combinations. Lopez is tough and is more then willing to trade with Rodriguez. Rodriguez wins the round. Rodriguez abandons his defensive first mindset in round two, unloading combinations onto Lopez. Lopez doesn’t falter though as he is willing to trade with Rodriguez. Both fighters are delivering body shots in the center of the ring. Lopez is slowing down from the pressure of Rodriguez, who takes another round.
This fight is an all out slugfest in the center of the ring by the third round. Attrition is starting to take over as Rodriguez mounts his attack on a tiring Lopez. No need for ropes in this fight as these 2 young men wage war in a phone booth. Exhilarating performance for both fighters in round three, classic give and take war. Big right hand from Rodriguez to start round four. Boy oh boy, is Lopez a tough customer, Rodriguez is unloading on him and he keeps on coming. Rodriguez is trying to close the show but there is no quit in Lopez. Rodriguez is throwing bombs from left field to open round five. A big right hand stops Lopez in tracks, but only for a moment. Both fighters are fighting on pure heart and determination. They’re standing in the center of the ring, exchanging combinations to finish the fight with fans on their feet.
RMB/Fightnews scores the bout 50-45 for Armando Rodriguez. Judge Stephen Blea scores it 49-46, Tyrone Short scores it 49-46 and Judge Steve Weldmen scores it, 48-47, for you’re winner by unanimous decision, Armando Rodriguez.
Rodriguez improves to 4-1 while Lopez debuts with a loss.
Cobb and a Crooked Ring Stop Saucedo
Cruiserweight Donald Cobb kept Chris Saucedo at bay for most of the round first, with a stiff southpaw jab. Cobb has very fast hands and crisp combinations. Saucedo follows his every move and gets walked right into a straight left hand, tasting the canvass late in the round. The bout is halted for a faulty ring. Trainer Chris Green looks to keep his charge warmed up. After a 20 minute delay to fix a board under the ring, Chris Saucedo throws in the towel.
Cobb is your winner at 3:00 minutes of round one. Cobb debuts at 1-0, 1KO while Saucedo drops to 1-3, 1KO.
Allison Garcia Too Strong and Experienced For Crista Williams
Both fighters come out jabbing, trying to establish their respected game plans. Garcia is by far the bigger puncher, stifling Williams, a super featherweight, with straight right hands. Garcia is content with following Williams around the ring, waiting to unload a crisp 1-2 when her opponent’s back touches the ropes. Exciting round as both fighters come out looking to make a statement in the final round. The power of Garcia has had Williams using footwork to stay out of harm’s way allnight.
All three judges score it the same, 30-27 for Allison Garcia.
Manos and the Predator Duke It Out
In an exciting exhibition, local favorite and grizzled vet, Manny “Manos” Perez battled teammate and hot prospect, Giovanni ‘Predator’ Merceron. Perez put together some beautiful combinations in the opening round. Merceron returned fire, using his size advantage on the smaller Perez. Mereceron puts the pressure on in round two as the smaller Perez went into peek a boo mode. Mereceron unloaded combinations while Perez covered up in the ropes. Not to be out done, Perez showed the young lion some of his old tricks he’s acquired in his 10+ year career. These two friends forget this was an exhibition bout in the third as they exchange heated combinations in the center of the ring. It was Perez’s left hook against the counter punching of Merceron.
Before the main event Leann Perez, wife of Manny Perez, did an excellent rendition of the National Anthem. To hear such a strong voice from such small young lady sent chills through the crowd. Salon Madrid Event Center is a very nice venue for a small fight card. Fans are right on top of the action. Steve Mestas and Airtight Boxing are looking at a date mid July for their next local show.