ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s being billed as the battle of the Boom Booms.
Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin and Brenda “Boom Boom” Gonzales, however, have more than a nickname in common.
Gonzales, of Moriarty, and Crespin, of Las Vegas, N.M., are scheduled to vie in a four-round bout Friday night on the undercard of a professional boxing card at the Crowne Plaza.
Boxing: Josh Torres vs. Bernardo Guereca, Hector Muñoz vs. Jeremiah Torres, three other fights, Crowne Plaza. Tickets: $20-$100, holdmyticket.com
“It’s ‘The Double-B’s’ ” said Crespin with a smile, referring to their shared nickname.
The fighters also have shared some spirited sparring sessions, being two of the relatively few featherweight (126 pounds) female fighters in the area.
“I know a lot about her,” says Crespin (6-4-1, two knockouts) of her sparring partner-turned-opponent. “… She’s a hard hitter and a great fighter.”
Gonzales (2-0, one KO) says much the same.
“I’m sure she’s gotten better, and I know I’ve gotten better (since they last sparred), so I’m expecting a war,” she says. “It’s gonna be a good fight.”
Crespin has a huge advantage in experience, having had a long amateur career before turning professional in 2009. Gonzales has had only five boxing matches, three as an amateur and two as a pro.
While Gonzales has been fighting for only four years or so, Crespin practically grew up in the ring. Her older brother, Arturo, is a boxer, and her father, Carlos, has a fully equipped boxing gym on his property in Las Vegas.
Gonzales is unfazed by the experience gap. She’s also 4-0 as a mixed-martial arts fighter, having defeated a fighter with 10 previous matches in her last outing.
“I feel like my coaches and my team have me prepared,” Gonzales says. “I train hard every day, so that (the experience factor) doesn’t bother me.”
In addition, there’s experience and there’s maturity. Crespin is 21; Gonzales will turn 31 in March.
Gonzales, a former Moriarty High School basketball player, was introduced to combat sports by her then-boyfriend and now-fiancé, MMA fighter Tim Means. She and Means train at FIT-NHB gym in Albuquerque.
“I went to the gym with (Means) and never left,” she says.
Crespin has studied at New Mexico State in Las Cruces, but now is living in Albuquerque while training and works at a restaurant.
She’s being trained by Fidel Maldonado Sr. at Atrisco Boxing in the South Valley.
NO MMA: Friday’s card was to have included two MMA fights, but those plans were scrubbed.
Promoter Teresa Tapia still intends to stage combination boxing-cagefighting cards in the future.
YES MMA: Santa Fe lightweight Isaac Vallie-Flagg (13-3-1), who trains in Albuquerque at Jackson-Winkeljohn, is scheduled to face Yves Edwards (42-18-1) of Woodland, Texas, on Saturday at UFC 156 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Vallie-Flagg will be making his UFC debut, though he twice fought on Strikeforce cards before that organization – owned by UFC’s parent company – was folded.
The Edwards-Vallie-Flagg match and three other undercard fights will be aired on FX, starting at 6 p.m.
The main card, featuring a UFC featherweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo in the main event, will be televised on pay-per-view.
— This article appeared on page D5 of the Albuquerque Journal