By Chris Morris / RockyMountainBoxing.com
Before a packed field of fans at Denver’s Softball Country, Poor Boys Professional Boxing put on a great night of boxing showcasing wills and skills as Geoffrey Spruiell upset previously undefeated Brad Jackson, while Manny Perez and Alejandro Castillo skills few from Colorado can match. The threat of rain didn’t keep the fight fans from showing up to support their local boxers and the bad weather missed the show entirely.
Brad ‘B-Loco’ Jackson was bullied, outworked and outwilled by Pueblo’s Geoffrey ‘Top Dawg’ Spruiell, 8-7, 2 KOs, for the better part of their six round welterweight bout. Spruiell took a unanimous decisionto seize the undefeated status of Jackson. What they lacked in skill they made up for in raw action. Jackson, who is now 9-1-1, 3 KOs, is from Denver.
In the co-main event, lightweight Manny ‘Manos’ Perez, 13-4-1, 2 KOs, who hails from Denver, showed flashes of his world class technical boxing abilities as well as the rust of his 6 months away from the ring. He outclassed, Daniel ‘Getcha, Getcha, Gotcha’ Gonzales, 9-22-2, 3 KOs, a very durable journeyman from Billings Montana, in a six rounder.
Perez, a lightweight, is a former WBC World Youth Champion and currently ranked #10 by the NABF (North American Boxing Federation which is the Jr. organization of the WBC, World Boxing Council). He will next fight on a local Airtight Boxing card, “Denver’s MVP’s: Most Valuable Punchers”, to take place on June 27th at The Paladium Event Center in Denver.
The ‘fight of the night’ on paper turned out to be an almost non competitive affair as Alejandro Castillo used his early Roy Jones Jr. like style to frustrate and beat up Francisco Dominguez, 6-5, 1 KO, for his third straight victory in as many starts. Castillo, an Abraham Lincoln High School graduate, used movement and fast handed combinations to outclass the Tijuana tough-guy and rocked him back on his heals several times in their six round bantamweight bout.
And in the opening fight of the night, a super featherweight bout, Ron Lyle trained southpaw Jacob Dominguez, 1-0, started his career on the right foot with a bruising decision over Josh Martinez, 1-3. Dominguez was very busy and Martinez had no answers for the left handed stance. Both boxers are from Denver.
Before the live action began House of Pain Gym brothers, Juan Santiago and Corey Alarcon, warmed up the crowd with an exhibition, sans head gear. With both men having fights in the next 30 days, they had to be very careful not to bust each other up and ruin their upcoming opportunities.