In a sense, tonight’s pro boxing card at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino is a homecoming for Albuquerque’s Legacy Promotions.
In another sense, it’s something new.
Legacy was born in 2015 with a card at Camel Rock Casino north of Santa Fe, featuring Española’s Tony Valdez in the main event. Legacy went back to Camel Rock, again with Valdez in the main event, the following year.
Since then, Legacy has promoted exclusively in the Albuquerque area with Albuquerque fighters – Josh Torres, Fidel Maldonado Jr., Jason Sanchez, Willie Villanueva – in the main event.
Tonight, Legacy is back in northern New Mexico – but at Buffalo Thunder in Pojoaque for the first time.
Santa Fe’s Joaquin Zamora is fighting in the main event; Arturo Crespin of Las Vegas, N.M. is matched against Aztec’s Joe Gomez Martinez in a featured bout.
Jordan Perez and his brother, Aaron, founded Legacy with northern New Mexican Eric Martinez, who died unexpectedly in 2017 at age 38. Coming back north, Jordan Perez said, feels right.
“We’re excited that we have a (northern New Mexico) venue to work with,” he said, “because it gives people from Santa Fe, from Las Vegas, New Mexico, more opportunity to showcase their styles for the people.”
Zamora (22-4-1, 12 knockouts) is matched against Mexico’s Josué Obando (17-26-1, 17 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight main event.
Obando weighed in on Friday at 171 pounds, well over the contracted weight, but the fight was expected to go on.
Crespin (13-8-1, four KOs), fighting for the first time since April 2016, will face Gomez Martinez (22-8-1, 10 KOs) in a six-round junior middleweight bout.
The central and southern parts of the state have not been ignored.
Albuquerque featherweight Aaron Angel Perez (7-0, five KOs), the son and nephew of the co-promoters, is matched against Mexican veteran Danny Flores (15-16-1, eight KOs).
Albuquerque welterweight Matthew Esquibel (12-0-1, five KOs) faces Isaac Luna (4-1, no KOs) of San Elizario, Texas, in a scheduled six-rounder.
Las Cruces’ Amy Salinas (2-0, no KOs) is matched against Samantha Salazar (6-5-2, no KOs) of Dallas in a six-round super bantamweight bout.
A total of nine bouts are planned.