“A tenet of the sport of boxing is that structure you built as an amateur grows in the professional rankings, the transition should be a seamless venture in order to mingle with the elite class.”
DENVER (IB-January 25, 2017) – There is something about seeing a boxing contest live that brings out the monster in you. The excitement, the anticipation, the explosive hand-to-hand combat and the suspense of wondering when and or how the fight will end. Nothing comes close in giving you that adrenaline rush, that’s why there will always be boxing fans!
Colorado had a total of 18 boxing events last year bringing positive excitement to the sport. Fans witnessed veterans of the ring displaying skills, talent and what the ‘experience’ factor adds to their game. Along with the troupers of Colorado boxing, 2016 introduced exciting and promising boxers with a new influence of action.
Conflict as it’s being billed, is an explosive boxing event being held at the Crowne Plaza DIA Convention Center located at 15500 East 40th Ave., Denver, CO 80239. Jeff Cisneros, SCL promoting.
Headlining the show is local Denver amateur sensation and undefeated as a professional Misael Lopez in a Super Featherweight contest against Ricky Rodriguez out of Greeley, Colorado. Rodriguez also undefeated as a professional (4-0) turned professional back in 2013 and is coming off his best win defeating Luis Avila (5-8-2) on June 18, 2016. Both Rodriguez and Lopez have one common opponent in Jairo Delgado in which both defeated by unanimous decisions. The SCL Super Featherweight title will be at stake for this contest.
Lopez’ entire amateur career was steered with the intent to turn professional, although here in the U.S legally, not being a citizen prohibited him from qualifying to represent America in the Olympic games. This did not stop Lopez from competing and defeating the top caliber amateurs in the country as he won a number of PAL and national tournaments. Lopez also fought in the televised championship final at the Desert Showdown world amateur championships. Lopez’ final national victory before turning professional came at the famed National Gene Lewis Invitational Tournament in Meza, Arizona.
Lopez turned professional in May of last year leaving no gap in between his amateur and professional careers. While most and I’ll say a good 90% of stellar amateurs moving into the pro rankings will take a cautionary approach into the professional game by fighting extremely subpar competition, Lopez’ handlers felt this tactic would only be a step backward and give Lopez a false sense of what needs to be accomplished in order to become a world champion.
In Lopez’s debut, he fought an experienced boxer with a dozen fights to his name, in his second battle he fought hard hitting and heavy handed Jose Jacobo, word was Jacobo had been knocking down sparring partners and was ready and confident for the contest. Lopez’ next 2 fights ended up falling apart and in his third contest Lopez was matched with Matt Manzanarez, a former Golden Glove champion and a current MMA champion, Lopez stopped Manzanarez in round 4.
Lopez is Managed and trained by renown trainer/manager Aurelio Martinez and by his father Evenezer Lopez. Martinez is respected worldwide in the boxing game and is known for his candid work with five time champion Donald Camarena. Lopez senior, a student of Martinez also trained during his boxing career under the tutelage of Martinez. “Evenezer has become quite the trainer in this game, I’m proud of him and you can bet he’ll be training world champions, beginning with his son.” Said Martinez.
Tickets are on sale now! VIP Table seats $80; Front row $65; 2nd row $50; 3rd and 4th rows $40 and General admission $30. Tickets available at all TicketsWest outlets or can be purchased from any boxer on the card to show support for that boxer!
A lightweight battle pairs undefeated Ignacio Chairez (4-0) from Salt Lake City, Utah against veteran Jose Morales (8-7). This bout is as intriguing as it is motivating, on one end you have a young and upcoming 25-year-old that feels in his heart that becoming a champion is not a fantasy but destiny. Chairez understands one thing and that is boxing is a young man’s game and does not want to wait till he gets into his thirties to have an opportunity to vie for a championship.
Chairez will face a threatening veteran whom believes his boxing career is far from over. Morales brings to the table years of experience and plans to use this fight to show the fans his dream is not over.
“A tenet of the sport of boxing is that structure you built as an amateur grows in the professional rankings, the transition should be a seamless venture in order to mingle with the elite class.” said Aurelio Martinez who manages Chairez.
Chairez is the oldest of 3 boxers in his family and becoming a world champion is not the only reason he takes an aggressive stance to his boxing career. He says all the knowledge and experiences he gains as a professional will be so his brothers will have an advantage when they turn professional.
“I’m learning the good and the bad business in professional boxing so my brothers won’t have this learning curve to deal with.”
Chairez is no stranger to Colorado boxing fans as many of his amateur contests took place in Denver. Chairez won a USBL National championship that was held in Downtown Denver at the Cinco de Mayo festivities.
This explosive card is action packed filled with new blood! Take a look at some of the supporting action thus far:
Mario Sierra (1-0-1) Vs Marco Alcarez (1-10), Super Bantamweight: Jose Arellano (debut) Vs Isaac Johnson (2-6), Lightweights; Chris Arguello (1-2-1) Vs Cruz Valenzuela, Super Middleweights.
In elite action: Mylo Jamar Vs Hector Lumba Heavyweights; Sergio Lujan Vs Alexis Saenz, Welterweights; Edgar Saucedo Vs Joaquin Gonzalez, Heavyweights; Donovan Alirez Vs. Milton Roque, Super lightweights; Pledge Walker Vs Alejandro Ibarra, Super Middleweights.