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Dangerous Fight Ahead for Holm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lamare Has Been Given a Rematch

France’s Myriam Lamare, who severely tested Holly Holm in losing by unanimous decision almost four years ago, will get another shot at the Albuquerquean on Dec. 7.

Promoter Lenny Fresquez will hold a news conference Tuesday at Route 66 Casino Hotel, the site of the card, to formally announce the match.

“It’s a very dangerous fight,” Fresquez said Friday of the rematch with Lamare. “She’s being trained by (former world champion) Lucia Rijker, who’s obsessed with Holly and wants to beat her.”

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Holly Holm vs. Myriam Lamare, Route 66 Casino Hotel

In January 2009, Holm defeated Lamare at the Hard Rock in a fight that Holm (31-2-3, 9 knockouts) has described as the most difficult bout, tactically, of her career.


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Lamare (20-3, 10 KOs) has lost to Holm and twice to French countrywoman Anne Sophie Mathis, who has split two fights with Holm. Lamare has won her last four bouts.

Fresquez said the Holm-Lamare rematch will be contested at the 140-pound junior welterweight limit.

If Lamare should win the Dec. 7 fight, Fresquez said, there would be a rematch, as per the contract.

If Holm wins, he said, a fight with Irish Olympic champion Katie Taylor is a possibility.

“(Taylor) wants to make her pro debut fighting Holly Holm,” Fresquez said. “I told (Taylor’s management) we’d be happy to oblige them on St. Paddy’s Day.”

It is highly unusual, but not unprecedented, for an Olympic champion to debut as a professional against a world champion.

In 1957, Olympic gold medalist Pete Rademacher made his pro debut against heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. Rademacher knocked down Patterson in the second round but then was knocked out in the sixth.


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A bout for Holm against Australia’s Diana Prazak is also possible, Fresquez said. Prazak (11-1, 7 KOs), who is trained by Rijker, is scheduled to face Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (6-13, 2 KOs) on the Dec. 7 undercard.

LATE OCTOBER: Albuquerqueans Fidel Maldonado Jr. and Archie Ray Marquez, often touted as prospective opponents for each other, are both scheduled to fight Oct. 27 – some 2,000 miles apart.

Maldonado (13-2, 11 KOs) has been added to a card scheduled for the Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Marquez (13-2, 8 KOs) is scheduled to fight on the undercard of a show at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Maldonado has lost two straight bouts after winning his first 13, but his Aug. 24 loss by split decision to Michael Perez was hotly disputed.

In the 10th and final round, Maldonado knocked Perez down. Perez was given some 17 seconds to recover before the fight resumed.

Maldonado’s first defeat was a shocking, second-round TKO at the hands of Mexico’s Fernando Carcamo at the Santa Ana Star Casino in April.

No opponent has been named for Maldonado’s October fight.

The card at the Kiva is being co-promoted by Albuquerque’s Joe Chavez and Carlos Crespin of Las Vegas, N.M.

Crespin’s son, Arturo, daughter, Amanda, and Los Lunas’ Brandi Montoya are scheduled to fight on the card.

Marquez, meanwhile, has drawn a tough assignment at Turning Stone Casino in upstate New York. He’s scheduled to face unbeaten Mike Faragon (18-0, 8 KOs).

The Albuquerque boxer had lost two in a row before decisioning Noe Lopez Jr. at the Hard Rock in March. Marquez was knocked down in the fourth round of that bout and has visited the canvas in all of his past four bouts.

“We’re looking to fight our way back into the mix,” Jacob Maes, Marquez’s manager, said via text.

TONIGHT IN SANTA FE: Albuquerque’s Raymond Montes (5-2, 4 KOs) is scheduled to face EspaƱola’s Antonio Valdez (6-3-2, 6 KOs) tonight in the six-round main event of a professional card at the Santa Fe Indian School’s Pueblo Pavilion.

Albuquerque cruiserweights Max Heyman (24-11-4, 14 KOs) and Mike Alderete were to have contested the main event in the rubber match of their heated rivalry, but Alderete has dropped out.

Heyman is scheduled to face Chicago’s Chris Thomas (17-16-2, 14 KOs) in a co-main event.
— This article appeared on page D5 of the Albuquerque Journal