Category Archives: new mexico

local fights in albuquerque

Proving no cat’s paw for undefeated Cristian “El Puma” Cabral, veteran Joe “Ironman” Gomez wielded a heavy, iron hand last night in Albuquerque. Silencing Cabral’s cabal and taming the wildcat that had gone undefeated in six bouts, Gomez showed a loud crowd of 500 at the Convention Center the value of experience, by stopping his [...]

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story: return of “the atrisco kid”

You’re not likely to find a community as stubborn as the town of Atrisco, which hugs Albuquerque’s west side just south of Route 66. Settled by Spaniards in 1598 and fortified by a 1692 land grant that still continues to legally challenge the system, Atrisco is a living, breathing throwback of a town. Within its winding streets, [...]

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local fight coverage: albuquerque 5.31.13

Biologist Thomas Huxley once wrote, “Misery is a match that never goes out.” Huxley was, of course, referring to the sort of match that lights a candle or a powder keg, and definitely not a boxing match, but, lacking any sort of potential pop and with bouts unending, uneventful, last night’s local smoker at Crowne Plaza in [...]

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leaving holm – holly holm’s final fight

  Bidding adios to boxing after more than a decade and marking the end of an era, on both local and global fronts, Holly Holm left an emotional sold-out crowd, last night at Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, with a final-but-furious victory. Relinquishing all claims to pound-for-pound supremacy, Holm securely stepped down from her throne [...]

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book review of “Boxing in New Mexico”

Book review by David Finger of Fightnews.com: Boxing fans can be forgiven if the idea of another regional boxing history book doesn’t excite them right off the bat. Most tend to fall into two categories: an overglossed pamphlet that rehashes well known boxing stories or a book long on facts but short on drama. A [...]

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report/gallery from 3.29 in albuquerque

Report from Friday night in Albuquerque: Mark Twain once wrote, “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”. . . So went the lesson learned last night at the Wool Warehouse in Albuquerque, N.M., where big hearts and big appetites did not, alas, equate to chomping [...]

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cozzone picks up bwaa writing & photo honors

The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) has announced the winners of its annual Bernies (formerly “Barneys”) contest, which each year recognizes the best writing about boxing by BWAA members. The strong field of prize-winning works appeared during 2012 in a wide range of print and online outlets and shows that boxing journalism is as vital [...]

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book signing at local fights in albuquerque

Anyone looking to pick up a copy of “Boxing in New Mexico: 1868-1940,” by Chris Cozzone and Jim Boggio, can do so at Friday night’s fights at the Wool Warehouse. Cozzone will have a table in the lobby in the hour before first bell. As a special for fight fans attending Friday’s card, the usually $45 [...]

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long-awaited book on new mexico’s rich boxing history now shipping

Finally out! “Boxing in New Mexico: A History 1868-1940.” Books are now shipping! About the Book On June 28, 1868, a group of men gathered alongside a road 35 miles north of Albuquerque to witness a 165-round, 6-hour bare-knuckle brawl between well-known Colorado pugilist Barney Duffy and “Jack,” an unidentified fighter who died of his [...]

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local fight coverage

Black/white shots from Friday night’s local show in Albuquerque . . . |more| For Cozzone’s written report, see report on Fightnews/NewMexicoBoxing.com

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report/gallery from espn2 card in santa fe

Lightweight title hopes, an emerging local and the first win for New Mexico’s perennial “Hard Luck Kid” brought out close to 800 fight fans, Friday night at the Indian School’s “Pueblo Pavilion” in Santa Fe, N.M. . . . |more|

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prayers out to ‘hollewood’ montes of abq

Prayers and get-well wishes to Raymond “Hollewood” Montes, who is in critical condition from injuries sustained in his KO loss last night in ABQ.

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local nm coverage: team tapia card 11.17.12

Full gallery of shots in black & white . . . |more| Fight report with shots by Jose Leon Castillo . . . |more|

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albuquerque fight card report/photos

Sorely skewed in favor of the hometown corner, with a cast of foes whose combined records totaled 14-53-6, Saturday night’s “Fight Night at the Kiva” could’ve easily have been a case of karma carrying out the kayo on Chavez-Crespin Promotions. The crowd of 800 who showed up to watch the hometowners win ridiculous, obscure titles [...]

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Local NM fight coverage

Click here for full gallery by Cozzone, minus the report Click here for fight report & photos by Jose Leon Castillo.

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local fights in black & white

Friday night’s fights in black and white: A bonus gallery from the “Warehouse Rumble II” . . . |more|

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report/gallery from holm-mathis 2

They called it “The Reckoning,” but most expected a wrecking. What a packed house of 3,000 got, last night at Route 66, west of Albuquerque, was the hometown champ’s repossession of the mythical pound-for-pound crown of women’s boxing . . . |more|

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johnny tapia: requiem for a hometown champion

“Albuquerque, I’m still your hometown champion . . . .” Those were the words Johnny Tapia never failed to yell into the camera, in between the rounds of his countless TV fights. That and “I love you, Grandma, Grampa.” Those two sentences said more about the man than his 162 amateur bouts (150-12), two National [...]

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r.i.p. johnny tapia

New Mexico’s greatest hometown fighter has passed away. Former five-time world champion Johnny Tapia was found dead in his home today.

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lost in 1915 at the border

With no fights to cover until Mayweather-Ortiz week, I’m knee-deep in writing – presently lost somewhere around the border around 1915-1919. My Jan. 1 deadline approaches for “The History of Boxing in New Mexico, Volume I,” due out next year by McFarland Press. Photo above: A ticket stub from the scrapbook of New Mexico’s first [...]

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