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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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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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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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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 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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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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pre-fight albuquerque, new mexico

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 [...]

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hecho en mexico

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.

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‘rabbit season’ in albuquerque

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 [...]

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