From the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, CO:
Garcia Quells the “Hurricane!”
Olga Cleans Out Yard for IFBA Jr. Lightweight Belt
and photos by chris cozzone
injury might’ve had Elco “the Animal” Garcia bailing out of
the long-awaited showdown with Andres “Panda” Pacheco a
couple months ago, but last night, at the Sky Ute Casino in
Ignacio, Colorado’s “other” top middleweight rectified his
rep with a 6th Round stoppage over Earl “the
moniker implies, Jackson came out like a hurricane, looking
to take out Garcia with a constant barrage of bombs. Garcia
weathered the storm, and fired back when able, making it a
close round. In my eyes, the Hurricane’s aggression gave him
2nd, Jackson continued his pursuit. Garcia chose
his strategy, staying on the outside and catching Earl
coming in, with left hooks and right hands. An accidental
headbutt midway through the round opened up a cut alongside
Garcia’s right eye, slowing down the action.
won the 3rd round with his hard single jabs, but
appeared tentative to throw any big rights. Jackson
continued to pressure and was starting to pin down Garcia
until Elco landed a straight right hand to Jackson’s chin
that wobbled him.
5 was slow, with Jackson tiring and Garcia doing just enough
to win. By the end of the round, Jackson’s right eye had
started to swell; he came out for the 6th with it
nearly swollen shut.
to see clearly, Elco dominated the round, pushing forward
for the first time and keeping Jackson on the run. In the 2nd
minute, Garcia floored Jackson, who got up and was able to
survive despite further punishment. Cries of “Stop the
fight!” were voiced.
Between rounds, the ringside doc checked out Earl’s eye,
calling the fight over and awarding the TKO win to Garcia.
scores his 13th win—5th by KO (with 2
losses.) The Hurricane, who was coming off a devastating 1st
Round KO of Albuquerque’s Adriano Sanchez back in September,
falls to 11-14-2 (8 KO’s).
Unfortunately, just who is the Rocky Mountain
region’s best middleweight is still an unanswered question.
Will Garcia ever face Pacheco? Or will either one ever take
on the undefeated Joseph Brady from Albuquerque?
those showdowns remain in high demand, Brady ups his ante
when, on November 22nd, he takes on former world
contender Alfred Ankamah.
Women Steal the Show
the main event had its share of action, it was the co-main
women’s IFBA title fight that stole the show and had the
fans on their feet cheering.
Looking to defend her IFBA Jr. Lightweight belt in front of
a crowd that has adopted the Palm Desert, CA champ as a
hometowner, Sandra “the Shark” Yard took on undefeated hot
prospect from Chicago by way of Siberia, Olga Vlasova.
pace was set in the 1st: Olga in hot pursuit with
Yard on the move, counter-punching from the outside. Vlasova
landed the better punches and the pressure paid off, when
she was able to keep Yard in one place and fight on the
had a better round in the 3rd, trading blows with
Vlasova and then keeping out of range before the Siberian
could trap her with inside blows. Vlasova came back in the 4th,
was close enough to go either way; and the 6th
was the best round yet. Yard and Vlasova traded combinations
at close range and while Olga landed the better bombs, Yard,
refusing to give in, came back at the end of the round.
all Olga in the 7th, with inside damage revealing
Yard’s age and the effect of a handful of previous wars.
Yard tried to retaliate in the 8th, but Vlasova
showed a good defense and maintained control of the fight.
This continued into the 9th but in the 10th,
Vlasova, tiring, fought on the defensive when Yard pulled
out all the stops in a last-ditch effort to hang onto her
Unfortunately it was too late: two scorecards had it for
Vlasova—98-92 and 96-95—while one, unbelievably, had it for
Yard, 97-93. I had it 98-92 for Vlasova.
the split decision win and in her first ten-rounder, Vlasova
(now 7-0-1, 3 KO’s) becomes the new IFBA Jr. Lightweight
Uncrowned, Yard falls to 12-5-2 (4 KO’s).
Because of an 8-bout amateur pre-show, there were only two
pro fights on the undercard—both were bombs.
opening bout featured Farmington prospect and
Romero-camp-trained Victor “the Baby-faced Assassin” Barela
who, no fault of his own, was matched up with short-notice
“fighter” Jose Martinez from Juarez.
has had nothing but bad luck trying to secure a fight in
front of his home crowd in the Farmington, NM-Ignacio,CO
area. The first two times saw Barela’s opponents cancel at
the last minute; this weekend it happened again, and in even
worse luck, Barela was matched up with “meat wagon” fighter
was telling everyone that Martinez wouldn’t last 40 seconds.
Others who were familiar with Martinez said he wouldn’t last
two minutes. We were all wrong—Martinez was downed within
ten seconds, giving Barela the official time of :19 seconds
for his knockout win.
the first left hook to the body Barela threw that spilled
Martinez onto the canvas like a cheap can of cervasa.
Besides the much-expected boos from the crowd, many started
chanting, “Start over!”
the official decision was announced, the MC was apologetic:
got to understand the power of this young prospect from
Farmington . . . .”
there’s no doubt that the newly christened “Baby-faced
Assassin” has got the right stuff, there’s even more surety
that Senor Martinez is the wrong stuff . . . .
now been forced to cover the last five or so fights of
Martinez. In every one of those bouts, he has yet to throw
more than a couple punches (which he only did in one out of
the last four bouts). Martinez starts the fight by looking
for the softest spot on the canvas. After the first or
second flurry, he goes down.
the Juarez opponent should have every right to find work
where he can, he should look some place other than boxing.
Matching up Martinez cheats the fighter and cheats the
#1 led the way for Bomb #2 . . . .
his pro debut last night was Cortez, CO’s big, bad, buffed
heavyweight Roman Armstrong, who was pitted against
McLaughlin, SD’s Jesse Village Center—a cruiserweight,
really, with a 3-3-1 record.
appearances, Armstrong should’ve strong-armed the pudgy,
shorter Village Center. But Village Center had two
attributes Armstrong lacked: skill and heart.
Armstrong came out strong, trying to whack away at Village
Center, who covered up and then returned fire. After the
first retaliation, Armstrong spent most of the round trying
to walk away from exchanges. Village Center closed the gap
and floored Armstrong with a left hook in the last minute.
2nd, Village Center took care of business,
landing bombs on a timid Armstrong. After a beautiful left
uppercut bottomed-out Armstrong, the fight was over at 1:39,
Village Center the winner by KO.
it from a guy who knows, Armstrong: Weightlifting is a
little different than boxing. Those barbells are fun to
conquer, but they don’t bite back . . . .
Rivera Wins by Walkover
Crespin (Crespin’s Boxing) RSC 1 over Brenda Rasmussen
Crespin goes right to work and before you know it, Rasmussen
gets a standing 8. Well-placed combinations from Crespin
snap Rasmussen’s head back and it’s standing 8 once again
before the ref realizes this girl’s getting murdered and
stops the fight.
Ewing Todacheenie (Bloomfield) DEC Dustin Williams (Navajo
The busier, more aggressive Todacheenie takes the fight to
Williams. Williams has his moments, especially in the 3rd,
but it’s Todacheenie’s fight. Todacheenie by decision.
Jazzma Hogue (Badoni’s) DEC Jon Herrera (GIBC)
Great fight: Hogue’s fancy footwork and flash style contrast
nicely with Herrera’s nice counterpunching. Hogue’s left
hooks to Herrera’s body secures first round for him. In the
2nd, it’s the body shots again that gives round
to Hogue. Herrera gets standing 8 after Hogue traps him
against ropes. In the 3rd, it’s a better round
for Herrera, who’s aggressive at first—and more effective.
But Hogue turns things around and takes back the round with
more left hooks. Hogue by decision.
Kayla Kombs (Bloomfield) DEC Betty Stephens (Salt Lake City)
The first round is even but Kombs kicks it up a notch in the
2nd, fighting more aggressive than Stephens, who
is a bit faster and is getting off first. In the 3rd,
Stephens is throwing the better punches but Kombs is busier.
Kombs takes decision.
Arturo Crespin (Crespin’s Boxing) DEC Joey Harrison (War
Pony Boxing Club)
Crespin, a.k.a. the “Tank”, is faster than he looks, and is
the busier and much more aggressive. Crespin’s straight
lefts are getting in and he floors Harrison in the 2nd.
In the 3rd, it’s all Crespin, who takes the
Duke Yazzie (Yazzie Boxing Club) DEC Victor Filerio
The taller Filerio is busier in the 1st,
counter-punching Yazzie. Yazzie keeps the pressure on and by
smothering Filerio, takes the 2nd. Left hooks
from Yazzie secure the 3rd and final round.
Troy Coley (Bloomfield) DEC Will Wagner (Badoni’s)
Wagner is down twice in the 1st from left hands
when the two start brawling. In the 2nd, both
boxers are bleeding and have slowed down. In the 3rd,
it’s even slower, but Coley is taking round.
Moya (GIBC) Wins by Walkover
Vincent Garcia (Team Sanchez III) DEC Suanitu Hogue (Badoni’s)
The first round is close but the edge—through speed and
combinations—goes to Garcia. Hogue tries to close gap and
fight where he is more effective, on the inside. He’s able
to do this in the 2nd and he evens out the
rounds. But, in the 3rd, Garcia takes the fight
to Hogue, throwing more punches and outlanding Hogue,
winning both the decision and “Outstanding Boxer of the
# # #
(13-2, 5 KO’s)
Earl "the Hurricane" Jackson
(11-14-2, 8 KO’s)
IFBA Women’s Jr.
Lightweight title Fight:
(7-0-1, 3 KO’s)
Split Dec. 10
Sandra “the Shark” Yard
(12-5-2, 4 KO’s)
Victor "the Babyface
(4-0, 2 KO’s)
Jessie Village Center
(4-3-1, 4 KO’s)