New Mexico Boxing

No Cupcake
Albuquerque Slugger Tommy Aragon Hits the Road to Take On Colorado’s Top Lightweight “Ruthless” Roy Delgado

text and photo by Chris Cozzone

You’d never consider Tommy Aragon the quintessential pugilist of the Sweet Science; nor would you regard him as someone likely to be New Mexico’s next world champion.

Lacking a glorious amateur career, this pug is older than dirt, at least by boxing standards; and he’s got a mug that’s not likely to threaten Oscar De La Hoya, nor make him anyone’s “Golden Boy.”

But Tommy Aragon is a fighter.

Never mind the pretty moves and fancy dancing, one goes to a Aragon bout to watch him bang. With a record of 7-4-1 (5 KO’s), Aragon might not always win, but he always comes to fight, and he’s always dangerous—which is why he’s been one of New Mexico’s most exciting fighters since turning pro at the elder age of 36.

Now, after an even dozen fights in his four-year professional career, Tommy Aragon is finally crossing the state line to fight out of state. On Friday, Aragon will step into the ring in Colorado Springs, CO to take on 11-1 (9 KO’s) “Ruthless” Roy Delgado in the main event at the Colorado Springs Event Center.

Delgado is, arguably, the top lightweight prospect in the state. With just one loss (to Juan Diaz on ShoBox, in which he was stopped in the 6th from injuries), Delgado is not only a solid boxer but a solid puncher—exactly the type of fighter who can give Aragon trouble.

“I’ve already met with most of the best fighters here in New Mexico,” says Aragon. “I’ve done good, done bad—but I’ve learned from all of them. So, it’s time to fight somewhere else. Delgado is the best in Colorado—he’s got a big kayo record and that’s what I need.

“I want to move up. I want to get into the big boy picture.”

Three of Aragon’s four losses are to boxers with styles similar to Delgado: Adan Hernandez (who won a 4-round decision despite getting floored by Aragon twice); Robbie Lovato (who won a razor-thin 8-round decision and was on his way out at the end of the fight); and Arturo Cruz (who, likewise, won an 8-round decision by outboxing Aragon.)

“Delgado is the same as [Robbie] Lovato,” says Aragon. “He’s an extremely fast boxer, but he knows how to knockout people. But I don’t want to talk about losing. I’m going up there to get it on.”

Trainer Mike Winkeljohn calls this out-of-town fight a “good thing.”

“If Tommy fights like his old self, he’ll win,” Winkeljohn says. “He needs to close the gap effectively, and not lunge in. He needs to use the jab and come in strong behind it. Roy has not fought anyone like Tommy. But he’ll learn on Friday.”

Aragon is hoping a win over Delgado (by knockout, of course) will “catapult” him into a bigger fight.

“I want a big fight. I want a title.

“I’m not gonna fight cupcakes. I don’t want to fight nuthin’ but losers. I want to fight the best.”

Fighting the best may mean an eventual rematch with Miguel “Conan” Torrecillas—the first and only man to ever stop Aragon in his 12 boxing and 30 kickboxing fights.

“He was an animal and I have nothing but respect for him,” Aragon admits. “It just wasn’t my night. He was the first real loss I ever had and if I get the chance to fight him again, and there’s something at stake, I want him.”

But at 39, Aragon’s time may be too limited for getting a shot at a belt, or waiting too long for that rematch with Torrecillas.

Don’t say the “R” word to Aragon, though:

“Retire?” Aragon laughs. “No . . . no, not really. I own several businesses and could retire right now, but it’s not anything I’m considering. I’m having a good time right now. Why should I retire?”

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