Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
In the main event of the Team Tapia Promotions card outside the Hotel Cascada in Albuquerque, N.M., local pug Josh Torres left the ring with a ‘W’ against his opponent, Francisco Lira of Sonora, in front of a hometown crowd of about eight hundred. Torres took about half of the first round to study his opponent. Then he started the assault on the body of the taller Lira. A cut over the left eye of Lira opened up after an exchange in the center of the ring. Torres switched stances only to have his corner yell and tell to stay in the orthodox stance. After switching back, Torres landed two overhand rights that dropped Lira to the canvas. Lira was able to beat the count and survive the round.
Torres began the second round looking to finish the job he started in the first and KO his opponent. He did that with a combination of hooks to the body and a right to the head of Lira. Lira smartly took a knee, but not before Torres landed a couple other shots to the head of the Mexican as he surrendering. The referee began the count, but before he could finish, Lira’s corner through in the towel.
“I feel like I’m gonna be dominant in this weight class” stated Torres. This was his first fight at the 140lb limit. Official time was 0:44 seconds of the second round. Torres improves his record to 13-3-1, 6 KO’s. Lira goes to 4-4, 2 KO’s.
Las Vegas’ Shawn Gallegos made a successful return to the ring by dominating his opponent, Jeremiah “The Jet” Torres, over six rounds in the junior welterweight clash.
The fight started and ended in the same manner, with Gallegos shaking the almost four years of rust off by landing every combination imaginable upon the face and torso of his unwilling opponent Torres.
Torres threw almost nothing in return in the first round. In subsequent rounds Torres only returned fire during the last ten seconds. Although not known for having power Gallegos did manage to put Torres on shaky legs in the fifth round with a vicious body attack.
After six rounds the judges were all in agreement with scores of 60-54 times three. Gallegos improves to 18-4, 5 KO’s and Torres continues his steady decline with a 8-24, 1 KO record.
In the only female bout of the evening Moriarty, NM’s Brenda Gonzales (3-1, 1 KO) dominated Wyoming’s DJ Morrison (3-22, 2 KO’s) in their four round junior lightweight contest.
Gonzales and Morrison got right to it in the first round exchanging artillery in the center of the ring. Gonzales, being the power puncher, was able to back up her opponent. Morrison, who has taken on many of New Mexico’s female fighters, was able to land awkward looking punches with no power.
The second was a repeat of the first with Gonzales scoring with clean hard shots and Morrison blocking most of them with her face.
The face of Morrison began to show the results of the pounding in the third as her nose bloodied. Gonzales landed an uppercut and hook combination that dropped Morrison to the canvas. Morrison got up and finished the round.
In an awkward exchange during the start of round four Gonzales tackled Morrison to the canvas MMA style. Gonzales got up and Morrison stayed on the canvas as the referee began the eight-count. There was an exchange before the tackle, but it did not merit a knockdown. It did not matter at this point since Gonzales was ahead on all scorecards. Morrison survived the round and bout with a swollen face. The judges were all in accordance with scores of 40-34 times three giving Gonzales the unanimous decision win.
Salazar scores a ‘W’
Albuquerque fighter Brandon Salazar added a ‘W’ to his record in a super lightweight bout against debuting Marcel Cloud of Hobbs.
Cloud came out swinging, but Salazar was able to dodge most of the punches. Salazar seemed hesitant at first, but began returning fire and landed a wild overhand right that dropped Cloud.
Cloud (0-1) was able to make it to his feet only to be dropped again with a two punch combination from the hard hitting Salazar. He would not beat the count the second time around and Salazar (2-4, 1 KO) earned the TKO win at 2:50 of the first round.
Quintana upsets Meek
In the opening bout of the evening Frankie Quintana (1-0, 1 KO) of Albuquerque KO’d Las Cruces fighter Tim Meek (2-1, 2 KO’s) in a super middleweight contest.
Quintana spent almost no time studying his opponent and started quickly. Meek, who trains alongside former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout, was calm and collected as his opponent attacked. Meek used effective counter punches against the oncoming Quintana in the first.
The second round was more of the same as the slicker and quicker Meek used the aggressiveness of Quintana against him by landing effective counter combinations to the face and torso of his opponent.
The corner of Meek applauded his efforts in between rounds and asked him to continue what he was doing. He did so for half of the third round and then seemed to take a rest for the rest of it. Quintana took advantage by landing an overhand right and left hook to head of Meek towards the end of the round.
It would be an overhand right that would drop the standout amateur Meek a minute into the fourth round. Meek managed to use the ropes and heart to get up off the canvas on spaghetti legs. After the referee noticed that Meek was unable to stand up without the help of the ropes, the fight was called off at 1:16.