Tag: albuquerque

17 Jul

Careful where you walk in Albuquerque

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If you’re looking for someplace to take a stroll, you might want to rule out Robinson Park, downtown Albuquerque. Hell, you might want to skip downtown altogether – unless you’re looking to score a bag of dope or you actually enjoy stepping over the dozens of homeless folk napping on the sidewalks or storefronts. The shot above was taken on a Friday night just after 9:30 – but you can catch the action any time of day or night.

29 Jun

local fights in albuquerque

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Fight card June 28, 2013 at the Convention Center 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 younger, faster foe inside five frames . . . |more|

05 Jun

story: return of “the atrisco kid”

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Fidel Maldonado, aka "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, over and around the ditches for which it is known, lives and trains another throwback, with a throwback name . . . More

01 Jun

local fight coverage: albuquerque 5.31.13

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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 Albuquerque just plain bombed.

That’s bombed, as in tanked, and not in any sense of a word related to a display of fireworks . . . More

12 May

leaving holm – holly holm’s final fight

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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 in a safe scrap by dominating oversized, overwhelmed Mary McGee, of Gary, Ind., through ten rounds. It might not have been the showdown fans have been clamoring for – Holm vs. Cecelia Braekhus, of course – but the 3,000 in attendance at the Fresquez-promoted card wholeheartedly cheered on the champ that has reigned at the local box-office since 2005 . . . More

07 May

book review of “Boxing in New Mexico”

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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 book that people buy only to look in the index to find what page “Uncle Charlie” appears on. But to lump the newest regional boxing book in that category would be a tremendous mistake. Boxing in New Mexico 1868-1940 isn’t just the best regional boxing history book to come out this century…it may very well be the best boxing history book period . . . |more|

31 Mar

report/gallery from 3.29 in albuquerque

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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 away at more than one can chew . . . More

 

26 Mar

book signing at local fights in albuquerque

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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 price will be dropped to $36. Cozzone says he’s more interested in circulating the book than making the few bucks each copy yields. He also says that a minimum number of books must be sold before his publisher agrees to move forward with the second volume. Volume II, says Cozzone, will go from WW2 to the present era.

28 Oct

albuquerque fight card report/photos

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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 in gimme situations, however, should’ve gone home more than satisfied – thanks to a high-action undercard that could’ve flopped, but didn’t.

What could’ve been a blundercard was more like a thundercard . . . click here for full report and photos

20 Aug

lost in 1915 at the border

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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 world title challenger, Benny Chavez, who was in attendance for the Sept. 19, 1915 showdown between Albuquerque’s Benny Cordova and Texas legend Bobby Waugh – it was the third time the two fought. Altogether, Cordova and Waugh battled seven times and 107 rounds – from Mexico to Texas to New Mexico. Both, Benny Cordova and Benny Chavez, feature prominently in the book.

 

 

09 Jun

pre-fight albuquerque, new mexico

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Always nice to be back in the Duke City, even if it means choking on smoke from the east Arizona wildfires. Where else can you attend a weigh-in, only to hear one of the fighters will not be making the fight because she was arrested that morning for a parole violation? Where Holly Holm, despite ten years of publicity, is still called “Holms?” Or where the highlight of a weigh-in may not be a staredown or a shoving match, but the display of tattoos or a new ‘do. Spotted above: the new ‘do of Golden Boy prospect Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado.

06 Aug

hecho en mexico

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Albuquerque, N.M., Aug. 6, 2010: Fighter Carlos “El Gallo” Sanchez, of Albuquerque’s new ink. Sanchez fights on tonight’s card at the Hard Rock of Albuquerque.

07 Dec

‘rabbit season’ in albuquerque

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It was 6:30 p.m. – a half-hour before first bell – when Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez blew into Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, where a tiny 18-foot ring awaited her showdown with Holly Holm. “How do you like the 18-foot ring?” this reporter asked Hernandez, who was testing out the canvas before heading backstage to prepare for what was easily the biggest fight – and payday – of her career . . . |More|