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Boxing: Las Cruces boxer takes title

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Las Cruces’ Joscelyn Olayo-Muñoz, a 2017 national champion, has become the first New Mexican to win a title at the 2018 USA Boxing Western Qualifier and Regional Open Championship,.

Today, several New Mexico amateur boxers have a chance to join her.

The event is being staged this week at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

On Thursday, Olayo-Muñoz defeated Iveth Alvarez of Pueblo, Colo.,  by unanimous decision for the title in the 65-pound weight class of the Bantam (ages 11-12) Female Division.

Olayo-Muñoz made it to the final by beating El Paso’s Natalie Martinez, also by unanimous decision, on Tuesday.

In December, Olayo-Muñoz — nicknamed “Jos the Boss” — had won the Bantam 60-pound national title with a victory by unanimous decision over Taylor Henry of Colorado Springs. Olayo-Muñoz had qualified for nationals by winning at the 2017 Western Qualifier, also held in Albuquerque.

Today, Kirtland’s Elija Martinez will face Leonel Cardenas of Plainview, Texas, for the Junior Male Division (ages 15-16) 138-pound title. Martinez advanced by beating Roberto Gomez of Dade City, Fla., by the amateur equivalent of a TKO (referee stopped contest) in the second round.

Albuquerque’s Sharahya-Taina Moreu will face Cleveland’s Morelle McCane for the Elite (18-and-over) Female 165-pound title. Moreu, who last year represented the United States at the AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships,  drew a bye and has yet to fight in this tournament.

Albuquerque’s Aaron Soriano defeated Jason Robledo of Mission Hills, Calif., and Bloomfield’s Gabriel Gomez en route to a title bout today against Ahmed Almajdi of Arlington, Texas, in the Bantam (ages 11-12) Male 90-pound weight class.

Gallup’s Richard Archuleta defeated Adrian Lopez of West Jordan, Utah, by uanimous decision and will advance to the final against Daniel Barrera of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. in the 108-pound Male Youth (17-18) division.

Albuquerque’s Jocelyn Shalaya Shade defeated Sandy Flores of San Jacinto, Calif. by first-round stoppage (RSC). She’ll face Jill Stafford of LaMesa, Calif., for the 152-pound women’s Elite title.

Action starts today at noon, with a second session scheduled for 7 p.m. A $10 admission fee will be charged for the evening session.

THE PROS: Albuquerque welterweight Hector Muñoz (25-19-1, 17 knockouts) is scheduled to face Lithuania’s Eimontas Stanionis (4-0, three KOs) tonight in San Antonio, Texas.

The bout is on the undercard of a show featuring an IBF super lightweight title fight between champion Sergei Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) and Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs). Muñoz originally was to have fought former world contender Josesito Lopez but instead will face Stanionis, a 2016 Olympian who’s being trained by the renowned Freddie Roach.

The card will be telecast on Showtime. It’s not clear whether Muñoz’s bout will make the telecast.