Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
In the main event at the Buffalo Thunder Casino Resort in Santa Fe, N.M., Tony “The Warrior” Valdez (8-4-3, 7 KO’s) seemed gun-shy against a less-than-formidable opponent in Jaime Gutierrez (4-8) of Albuquerque.
The fans in attendance at the Holmes Boxing and Orthrus Promotions card were expecting a blood and guts war, as has been the norm every time Valdez fights. What they got was a cautious and controlled boxing match.
“I gave what I was given and I’m trying to mature in the ring,” stated Valdez after the fight. He did not play into the cheers of the crowd or the taunts of his opponent throughout the contest.
Valdez was able to counter the wide shots of Gutierrez in the first two rounds. In the third, Gutierrez landed two hard hard straight lefts to end the round. Valdez slipped in the fourth, as many times happens when fighters of opposite stances fight, and Gutierrez threw a swing as Valdez was on one knee. Valdez ended the round backing up Gutierrez with a hard right.
Valdez continued landing more punches in the fifth as Gutierrez was content to egg on the Espanola fighter and throw wide shots. Gutierrez put on more pressure in the sixth and was able to land his wide hooks as Valdez gave him the first half of the round. Valdez came on in the last half of the round backing Gutierrez up with combinations.
At the end of six Valdez showed very few signs of a battle as in his last fight. The judges awarded him a win in the boxing match with scores of 58-56 times two and 59-55. Fightnews scored the contest 59-55.
Holmes takes out Munoz
Santa Fe’s Brandon Holmes (3-0, 3 KO’s) made short work out of Albuquerque’s Brandon Muñoz (0-1-1) in a super bantamweight contest.
Although Munoz was the aggressor to start the contest, it would be Holmes who would land a clean left hook to drop Munoz to the canvas. Munoz beat the ten count, Holmes would pounce on his opponent and drop him with the same punch.
Munoz would not beat the count the second time around. The official time was 2:25 of the first round. Holmes took the TKO win.
Lovato returns to the ring
In a comeback fight Española, New Mexico’s Monica Lovato took on a common New Mexico opponent in the tough as nails DJ Morrison (3-21, 2 KO’s). It took two rounds to shake off the six-year dust for Lovato.
Morrison brought the fight to Lovato in first two rounds. Lovato was able to counter with left hooks, but looked confused. That would end in the third. Morrison continued throwing wild punches landing some, but Lovato landed a barrage of punches that sent Morrison walking back to her corner in a daze.
Lovato decided it was time to end the fight in the fourth as she came out aggressively landing lefts and rights on Morrison. Morrison turned her back and Lovato followed got in front of her and landed shots. Morrison again turned her back on wobbly legs. The referee had seen enough and stopped the contest at 1:27 of the round giving Lovato (13-1, 5 KOs) a TKO win.
Gloria gets Xmas gift
Miguel Gloria (0-1) received a late Christmas gift in his debut against Santa Fe’s Josh Montoya (0-2) who seemed to forget he was in a fight and rarely let his hands fly after the first round.
Gloria threw wild and awkward shots at the turtle shell defense of Montoya in all four rounds. He was able to land shots on Montoya whenever Montoya decided to open up his guard and throw a few punches. Montoya’s corner urged him to let his hands fly to no avail throughout the fight.
After four rounds Gloria won by unanimous decision with scores of 40-37, 40-36 and 39-37.
Leo destroys Herrera
It was a quick study session in the ring for Albuquerque’s Angelo Leo (4-0, 1 KO) who took a few seconds to study his opponent Michael Herrera (2-3, 2 KO’s) and then unleashed a right cross left uppercut combination that dropped Herrera to the canvas.
Herrera fell back against the ropes and stared upwards in a daze. The referee reached the count of ten with Herrera barely flinching or trying to get up. The fight was over in 0:48 seconds of the first round. Leo got his first career KO and sent Herrera back to Denver for a long drive.
Baca wins controversial split decision
In a welterweight contest Matthew Baca 4-1-1, 2 KO’s of Albuquerque had a difficult time with the always relentless Michael Coca Gallegos 1-13-1, 1 KO of Las Vegas, NM. Most in the crowd thought Gallegos had won as the scores were read incorrectly. It was Baca who would come out on top by split decision with scores of 58-56 twice for Baca and 56-58 for Gallegos.
Most of the fight took place in closed quarters as neither fighter was using the jab to begin. After the first round Gallegos spent quite a bit of time with his back against the ropes. Baca spent a considerable amount of time trying to pry open the guard of Gallegos.
The second round was won by Gallegos with aggressiveness. The third and the fourth were taken by Baca who landed the more effective punches driving back Gallegos.
In the fifth Gallegos came out firing, but was stopped by hard jabs coming from Baca.
In the final stanza Baca used the jab effectively to keep Gallegos from trying to steal the fight. With both men tired there was not much action until the final ten seconds as both exchanged shots. Gallegos would land a right hook after the bell that dropped Baca. There was no ten count from the referee due to the punch coming after the bell.