ESPN2 Will Show At Least 2 Bouts
Santa Fe Card To Be TelevisedESPN2 Will Show At Least 2 BoutsBy Rick WrightJournal Staff Writer
“The Friday Night Fights” and ESPN2 are coming to Santa Fe.
The Pueblo Pavilion at the Santa Fe Indian School will be the site of a seven-bout card and a national telecast Jan. 11.
Boxing: John Molina vs. Dannie Williams, six other fights, Pueblo Pavilion, Santa Fe Indian School. TV: ESPN2. Tickets: $25-$60, Ticketmaster
The card is being staged by Goossen Tutor Promotions, which promotes – among others – unbeaten super middleweight champion and 2004 Olympic medalist Andre Ward. Santa Fe’s Pat Holmes is the co-promoter.
The New Mexico portion of the card is headlined by Albuquerque lightweight Archie Ray Marquez (13-2, eight knockouts).
Promoter Dan Goossen is no stranger to New Mexico, having worked with Danny Romero Jr. and the late Johnny Tapia while employed by Top Rank Inc. in the 1990s.
“(New Mexicans) are great fight fans,” Goossen said via cellphone Wednesday at a news conference. “That’s why you have the Johnny Tapias and Danny Romeros; there’s such a big following out there.”
The scheduled main event is a 12-round lightweight bout between John Molina (24-2, 19 KOs) of Covina, Calif., and Dannie Williams (22-2, 18 KOs) of St. Louis. The North American Boxing Organization 135-pound title will be at stake.
Molina is coming of a loss by first-round knockout to Antonio DeMarco in a bid for DeMarco’s WBC lightweight title Sept. 8.
“It definitely leaves a bad taste in your mouth,” Molina said by cellphone. “For me, it was growing pains, if you will, a learning experience. … The boxing business is a business of ‘what have you done for me lately,’ so I have a lot to prove.”
In an eight-round semi-main event, middleweight Brandon Gonzales (16-0, 10 KOs) of Sacramento, Calif., is scheduled to face Don Mouton (12-4-1, 10 KOs) of Houston.
Molina and Gonzales both are promoted by Goossen Tutor.
Marquez, coming off an impressive first-round knockout of Ricky Alexander on Nov. 17, is scheduled to face Rynell Griffin (6-11-2, two KOs) of New Orleans. His bout is not scheduled to make the ESPN2 telecast unless the main event or semi-main event, or both, don’t go the distance.
The Albuquerque boxer, who had lost two of his three previous fights, is eager to build on the Alexander fight. His manager, Albuquerque’s Jacob Maes, said Marquez might be in position to headline a televised card in April.
“I’m real confident,” Marquez said. “Everything’s working in the gym, and I feel great.”
Las Cruces light heavyweight Siju Shabazz, who made an impressive pro debut Friday on the Holly Holm-Diana Prazak undercard, is scheduled to fight a four-rounder on the card.
Shabazz said he wasn’t completely satisfied with his debut, a second-round knockout of Albuquerque’s Ricky Villafuerte.
“I’m excited to come out and show a lot more skill on the 11th,” he said.
MONTEZ UPDATE: Albuquerque boxer Raymond “Hollewood” Montez was released from UNM Hospital on Sunday and is out of any danger stemming from brain injuries suffered in the ring Friday.
Montez (5-3-1, three KOs), whose name has also been listed as Montes, was stopped in the seventh round of a brutal fight Friday with Española’s Tony Valdez (7-3-3, seven KOs) at Route 66 Casino Hotel. Montez collapsed in the ring afterward and spent Friday and Saturday in the hospital.
A portion of the proceeds from the Jan. 11 card will go to Montez, Holmes said.
— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal