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Boxer Maldonado a Winner Again

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He earns an easy, but frustrating decision against Nebraskan

Halloween came early to the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday, with Nebraskan Trenton Titsworth disguised as a professional boxer.

Albuquerque’s Fidel Maldonado Jr. did his level best to unmask the imposter, and for his efforts was awarded a victory by lopsided, eight-round unanimous decision in the main event of a six-bout card at the Convention Center’s Kiva Auditorium.

Maldonado, in halting a two-fight losing streak, improved his record to 14-2 with 11 knockouts. With his victory over the freakishly tall, painfully thin, totally uncooperative Titsworth, he earned the obscure Universal Boxing Council International 140-pound title.

“I got a ‘W’ and I got back on the winning track,” Maldonado said afterward. “And I went some rounds, so it was good experience.”

Titsworth entered the ring with a record of 4-13-1 record, prompting questions about who invited him to this party and why. His only area of prowess seems to be the ability to not get knocked out, and in that, at least, he succeeded.

The Nebraskan, who stands somewhere between 6-foot-4 and 6-6, kept the 5-9 Maldonado at bay for most of the bout simply by extending his spidery left leg in the Albuquerquean’s direction. When Maldonado did close the gap, Titsworth invariably tied him up.

“He was awkward,” Maldonado said. “He didn’t really fight; he just held me the whole time.”

As the bout progressed, the two did as much talking as fighting. Maldonado’s taunts, he said, were an unsuccessful attempt to goad Titsworth into actually throwing some punches. Maldonado managed to land a few, in between clinches.

Maldonado’s frustration was more than matched by referee Richard Espinosa, who penalized Titsworth one point for holding in the fourth round and two more in the fifth.

In the sixth, after Titsworth grabbed Maldonado by the leg in an apparent takedown attempt, Espinosa interrupted the bout and gave the Nebraskan a brief counseling session.

The official scores were announced as 80-59, 80-58 and 80-59. Media representatives at ringside had it 80-69, but it really didn’t matter.

Fortunately for a crowd estimated at around 1,000, the rest of Saturday’s card was far more entertaining than the main event.

In the first fight of the night, Albuquerque’s José Luís Sanchez (2-0, one KO) pounded out a unanimous four-round decision over MMA fighter Angelo Sanchez (0-1-1). The two Sanchezes are related only in their mutual willingness to throw and absorb hard punches.

Los Lunas’ Brandi Montoya (5-2) found herself in the ring with a surprisingly skilled opponent in Texan Christina Fuentes (an improbable 1-2-3). Fuentes landed arguably the sharper punches, but Montoya landed far more in taking a six-round unanimous decision.

Montoya was awarded the Women’s International Boxing Association super flyweight title, even though she weighed in on Friday above the super fly limit of 115 pounds.

Rio Rancho’s Michael Coca Gallegos entered his welterweight bout against Albuquerque prospect Cristian Cabral with the unofficial title of World’s Best 0-10 Fighter. Now, Gallegos can call himself the World’s Best 0-10-1 Fighter.

Cabral (4-0-1, three KOs) easily outboxed Gallegos in the first two rounds. But Gallegos turned tiger in the third round, pressuring the 19-year-old Cabral and exposing some flaws.

Cabral appeared to regain control as the bout progressed, but the judges scored the six-round bout 57-57 twice and 57-56 for Gallegos — a majority draw.

Junior middleweight Arturo Crespin (8-2-1, three KOs) of Las Vegas, N.M., won a UBC Intercontinental title belt with a sixth-round TKO of 39-year-old Albuquerquean José Garcia (3-5-1, two KOs).

Albuquerque lightweight Victoria Cisneros (7-13-2, three KOs) defeated a poorly conditioned D.J. Morrison (3-15, two KOs) of Billings, Mont., via fifth-round TKO
— This article appeared on page B5 of the Albuquerque Journal

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