ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Joe Chavez runs a small boxing promotional company, but he has big plans for it.
One thing, though, he says — his focus on young New Mexico fighters — will never change.
Chavez’s second card is scheduled July 27 at the YDI Wool Warehouse in Downtown Albuquerque.
His first venture at that small (430-capacity) venue, in February, was a sellout.
Chavez and matchmaker Martin Narro have scheduled five bouts, featuring 10 New Mexicans, for their second show.
Welterweight Josh “Pit Bull” Torres (7-2-1, 4 knockouts), a protégé of the late Johnny Tapia, is scheduled to fight the main event against veteran Joe Gomez (18-6-1, 8 KOs) of Bloomfield.
Torres is coming off a loss by unanimous decision to Raul Carrillo (10-1, 6 KOs) in the latter’s hometown of Longmont, Colo. But Chavez, who attended that fight, believes Torres deserved a better outcome and has a bright future.
“I think Josh has a lot of potential,” Chavez says. “… We’re really committed to Josh. What we’re trying to do is do two or three fights with him, kind of quick. And that’s what he wants.”
Gomez, Torres’ scheduled opponent, has lost five of his last seven bouts but has a huge advantage in experience.
“It’ll be a good test for Josh,” Chavez says.
The July 27 card also features the return of Las Vegas, N.M., junior middleweight Arturo Crespin (6-2-1, 2 KOs), absent from the ring since a devastating loss by knockout to Janks Trotter on July 7 of last year.
Crespin’s scheduled opponent is Albuquerque’s Nazareth Rojas (6-6-1, 2 KOs).
The Torres-Gomez and Crespin-Rojas fights are scheduled for six rounds.
Unbeaten Albuquerque welterweight Cristian Cabral (3-0) is scheduled to fight a rematch with Roswell’s Michael Herrera (0-1), whom Cabral defeated by second-round TKO on Chavez’s first card.
Chavez says he hopes to promote several more times this year, perhaps at a larger venue.
JORDAN’S OPPORTUNITY: Albuquerque-based MMA heavyweight Shawn Jordan (13-3) faces French veteran Cheick Kongo (17-7-2) on UFC 149 Saturday in Calgary, Alberta. Jordan, part of two national championship teams as a fullback for LSU, trains at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA.
This is Jordan’s second fight for UFC, but his first as part of a pay-per-view card. His UFC debut, a second-round TKO of Oli Thompson in Australia, was televised on FX.
Jordan got this fight after Brazilian veteran Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira bowed out with an injury. A victory over Kongo likely would lead to more such opportunities.
TOUGH LOSS: One of the keys to any successful training camp is the elimination of distractions.
Española native Monica Lovato has a distraction she’d love to eliminate — but can’t unless Tyson, her beloved Yorkshire terrier, is returned to her.
Tyson, brown/black and weighing about 4½ pounds, disappeared from the backyard of Lovato’s Barelas neighborhood home July 11. She’s certain the dog was taken because her yard has no gate, and Tyson is far too small to have jumped a wall.
Under the circumstances, she says, preparing for her Aug. 11 MMA fight at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino (opponent not listed) has been difficult.
“I’m so hurt, so, so hurt,” says Lovato, a former world boxing champion who has a 5-3 MMA record. “I just want him back.”
She’s offering a sizable reward, no questions asked.
The Aug. 11 main event features Donald Sanchez (26-13), Lovato’s teammate at Albuquerque’s FIT-NHB gym, in a defense of his King of the Cage bantamweight title against Jared Lopez (9-11) of Amarillo, Texas.
MUÑOZ UPDATE: Team Tapia welterweight Hector Muñoz, fighting for the first time since the May 27 death of his mentor, lost via unanimous eight-round decision to unbeaten Brad Solomon (18-0, 7 KOs) on July 7 in Carson, Calif.
The bout was part of an HBO telecast. The Albuquerquean drew praise from HBO commentators for his heart and aggressiveness, and appeared to frustrate Solomon at times with his constant pressure. But he showed neither the skills nor punching power to threaten Solomon. Muñoz (20-8, 13 KOs) was dropped by a left hook in the second round and absorbed some severe punishment in the eighth.
The official scores were 79-71, 77-73 and 78-72. Solomon was penalized a point for low blows in the seventh.
Muñoz’s eight career defeats have come against opponents with a combined record of 134-7-1 entering those fights.