By Chris Morris – Rocky Mountain Boxing
Raul ‘Ro’ Utajara and Ghost Town Promotions have put together a well matched lineup for their ‘Warriors Conquest II’ show tonight in Longmont, Colorado. Jr welterweight Raul ‘El Chino’ Carrillo faces Cesar Holguin in the main event with welterweight Ryan Grimaldo taking on Juan Santiago in the co main.
This main event of Raul ‘El Chino’ Carrillo (10-1, 6KOs) facing Cesar Holguin (9-3-1, 3KOs) will mark the continued comeback of Carrillo following his first defeat as a professional at the hands of Rob Frankel almost a year to date, February 17th of 2012. Carrillo didn’t take a ‘soft touch’ in his first bout back, a six round unanimous decision over, then, once beaten Josh Torres in June. While Holguin has not been very active, his last bout was a draw with Corey Alarcon in October of 2010, he does bring a good amount of experience to the table. Both of these fighters are bangers at heart and fans will surely see the junior welterweights meet mid ring and go right to work in a fight where neither man will be willing to take a step backwards. This main event is scheduled as an eight round affair.
The co main will see Ryan Grimaldo (8-2, 5KOs) taking on tough as nails Juan Santiago (13-9-1, 8KOs) in a six rounder at welterweight. Grimaldo was last in the ring this past June in Las Vegas against unbeaten Michael Zewski. The bout ended in the third round as Grimaldo took a knee and the ten count. He will be looking to get back on track. Santiago’s last bout was an eight round decision loss to undefeated prospect Jake Giuriceo. Santiago will enter the ring with some extra motivation as he recently became a father having a daughter, Janessa Linda.
The undercard is well matched and the fight that could steal the show features Marcos ‘All Heart’ Herrera (6-9-1, 2KOs) battling Daniel Calzada (6-6-2, 1KO) in a five round fight at junior welterweight. Herrera has fought five undefeated prospects in his last six starts. Calzada recently pulled off the upset over then undefeated prospect Allan Benitez in Benitez’ backyard. Herrera desperately needs to get back in the win column while Calzada will look to keep his momentum going.
Also scheduled for five rounds, albeit at cruiserweight, is the come-backing Carlos Ibarra (8-3-1, 4KOs) against Michael Glenn (2-5-2, 1KO). Ibarra took over three years off after a loss to undefeated Denis Grachev back in 2009. He won a tune up type bout in December over Cruz Chacon. Ibarra is trained by Dickie Wood, who has trained several world champions including the late Diego Corrales. Glenn was busy in 2012 fighting three times going 0-2-1 while being stopped twice.
Nebraska’s Rene ‘The Beast’ Marquez (1-0, 1KO) is scheduled against Lynel Burton (0-1) in a four round tilt at welterweight. Marquez debuted in style with a second round knockout back in October. Burton is the son of former world champion ‘Lightning’ Lonnie Smith.
Rounding out the six bout card will be David Escamilla making his professional debut at feather weight against un-won Jesus Pacheco (0-2). Pacheco is no push over though as both of his losses were majority decision losses in the back yard of his opponents. Doors open at 6pm with the first bell scheduled for 7pm. Tickets and more information can be obtained by calling 720-296-6176.