Shaw announces Jan. 29 show in N.M.
Report & photo by Chris Cozzone
Promoter Gary Shaw officially announced the New Mexico’s first fight card of 2010 at the Downs in Albuquerque Monday afternoon. The card, to take place Jan. 29 at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, will be aired by Showtime’s ShoBox and feature three televised bouts.
In the main event, undefeated Argentinean Luis Carlos Abregu (28-0, 23 KOs) will take on Richard Gutierrez (24-3-1, 14 KOs), of Colombia in a ten-round welterweight bout.
In one of two co-features, Albuquerque jr. lightweight prospect Archie Ray Marquez (9-0, 7 KOs), coming off a six-round decision Friday night over Andres Ledesma, in Santa Ynez, Calif., will return to his hometown for his first Showtime appearance.
Promoter Shaw, who was, incidentally, born in Las Vegas, N.M., has high hopes for Marquez, whom he signed in September 2008.
“Archie is a TV-friendly fighter,” says Shaw. “He’s got a unique, throwback style and I believe he will be a world champion.
“Hopefully, the public will come out and support this future world champ, the same way that they did for Johnny Tapia and Danny Romero. If we can get the local fans behind Archie, I guarantee you, I’ll be back with a world title fight here in Albuquerque.”
Marquez says he’s been ready for a big step-up for some time now.
“Fighting opponents like [Andres] Ledesma, guys who have a lot of experience, have prepared me for this next step,” says Marquez.
Though nothing is signed yet, Lonnie Smith (9-2-2, 6 KOs), of Las Vegas, son of the former world champion of the same name, is being offered the fight against Marquez.
In the third TV fight, middleweight Michael Oliveira (10-0, 8 Kos), of Miami, Fla., by way of Sao Paulo, Brazil, will take on an opponent TBD.
Also scheduled for the card:
· Top N.M. welterweight Vincent “Li’l Man” Mirabal (4-0, 1 KO) will take on Michael Gallegos (0-2) in a four-rounder. Originally, Mirabal was announced to fight Antonio Ortiz (2-3-1) but the offer was turned down.
· Top Texas prospect Adam Ochoa (2-0, 1 KO), of Amarillo, Tex., will take on David Proa (6-1, 6 KOs), of Albuquerque in a four-round super bantamweight bout.
· In a four-rounder at jr. middle, and a rematch, undefeated Carlos Sanchez (4-0, 1 KO), of Albuquerque, will give Las Vegas, N.M.’s Arturo Crespin (3-1, 1 KO) another shot at a win.
· Also a rematch, Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin (0-1-1), brother to Arturo, will get her chance at redemption in a four-rounder against Nohime Dennison (1-1-1), of Albuquerque. Crespin lost her pro debut to Dennison in August.
· Nephew to the legend of the same name, Salvador Sanchez (17-3-2, 8 Kos), of Tianguistenco, Mexico, will take on an opponent TBA.
Tickets for the Jan. 29 show will start at $10, and a limited number of 2-for-1 tickets will be made available for all sections but ringside.