By Chris Morris, Rocky Mountain Boxing
Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and Poor Boys Pro Boxing are presenting ‘Battle Under The Big Top’, a nice line up of local fights with 8 bouts on tap for this Saturday night at Softball Country. The main as well as co main event will see Colorado veterans provide stern tests for a pair of undefeated fighters in 6 round bouts.
Brad Jackson, 14-8-1, 7KOs, will face Jeremy Ramos, 4-0-1, 1KO, in the 6 round main event at junior middleweight. Jackson has been a pro for nearly 7 years while Ramos turned pro in March of last year. Jackson has fought mostly in Colorado with his trips out of town resulting losses to Steve Martinez, Tommy Rainone and most notably Willie Nelson. Ramos has beaten a couple of debuters and holds a majority decision win over Tyler Canning who upset Dario Socci on the Donaire-Rigondeaux under card at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Jackson should provide the first stiff test of Ramos’ young career.
The co main event, a light heavyweight bout, will see a similar match as local trial horse Victor Villereal, 9-6-2, 5kos, will take on undefeated Nebraskan Aaron Quintana, 6-0, 3KOs. Villereal has been away from the ring for nearly 3 years following a TKO loss to then 16-1 Marcos Reyes. Quintana started his career with 4 wins before a majority draw with Lamar Harris. He picked his career up 4 years later adding 2 more wins to his ledger last year. Quintana will have his hands full with the wily veteran Villereal.
A very interesting bout between undefeated heavyweights is scheduled for four rounds between Hugo Arceo, 3-0, 3KOs and Rudy ‘Phatsoe’ Zapata, 2-0, 1KO. Arceo has good power in both hands and has finished all three of his opponents in the very first round. ‘Phatsoe’ is a more of a stylist who uses fast hands to catch his opponents with shots from all angles. This heavyweight showdown will see one fighter lose his undefeated record and the other continue on the path toward becoming a prospect.
In a fight that could steal the spotlight for action a pair of rugged Colorado brawlers in Terry Buterbaugh, 9-7-3, 4KOs, and Juan Santiago, 13-10-1, 8KOs, will go 5 rounds at jr. welterweight. Buterbaugh is a come forward fighter who uses volume of punches to outwork his opponents. He is currently on a 3 fight win streak started early in 2012. Santiago has heavy hands and he wears his opponents down with pressure. Santiago is on an 8 fight slide with his last win coming 3 years ago to the month. Santiago has faced some very tough competition, in his defense, including undefeated prospects Archie Ray Marquez in a Sho Box bout and Jake Giuriceo. These two will meet at center ring and bang away at each other for the entirety of the fight as they seldom take a step in reverse.
Rounding out the undercard will be a lightweight bout between Rawlins, Wyoming’s undefeated Sammy Martinez, 6-0, 4KOs, and Mexico’s Esteban Villalba, 3-2-1, 0KO. Joe Hill, 6-2, 2KOs and Isaac Cardona, 1-0, 1KO will go 4 rounds at light heavyweight. John Montgomery, 2-0, 1KO, from South Dakota will fight Katrell Straus, 2-3, 1KO, in a middleweight tilt and lightweights Martin Quezada, 2-5, 2KOs and Jose Morales, 6-4, 1KO, go 4 rounds at lightweight.
Softball Country is located at 2101 West 64th Avenue near I-76 and Pecos. The doors open at 6 pm with the first bell to ring promptly at 7. For more information and tickets call Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith at 303-450-9763.