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Tapia promotes fight card, concert combo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Golden Gloves back in Duke City

Boxing promoter Teresa Tapia is offering fans a two-for-one opportunity March 30 at the Crowne Plaza.

Tapia has scheduled a five-bout card, headlined by Albuquerque welterweight Hector Muñoz (21-9-1, 14 knockouts) against an opponent yet to be named.

The boxing will be followed by a concert in an adjacent hall at the hotel. Scheduled to perform, as announced this week, are Al Hurricane, Al Hurricane Jr., the James Douglas Band, Juan Gambino and Donny Wonderful.


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Tickets, good for both the boxing and the music, are scaled from $25-$75 at

Also scheduled to perform — in the ring, not the stage — are Albuquerque welterweights Cristian Cabral (4-0-1, three KOs) and Donald Sanchez (2-0, one KO).

Santa Fe junior lightweight Paul Castillo (2-0, one KO) is scheduled to face Albuquerque’s Diego Bautista (0-1).

Socorro cruiserweight Adrian Lopez (3-1, one KO) is matched against Albuquerque’s Ricky Villafuerte (0-1).

BACK-TO-BACK: Promoter Joe Chavez, who is promoting a professional boxing card March 29 at the YDI Wool Warehouse, says he’s not concerned that Tapia has scheduled her card the next night.

“We’re close to a sellout already,” Chavez says.

Chavez’s main event features Team Tapia welterweight Josh Torres (10-2-1, four KOs) against fellow Albuquerquean Jose Luis Sanchez (2-0, one KO) in an eight-rounder. Chavez says he expects a highly competitive fight, despite the disparity in experience.

Other bouts on the March 29 card include:


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Matthew Baca (3-0, two KOs) against Yorden Hernandez (2-0, one KO), welterweights, both of Albuquerque. Baca also is scheduled to fight on the May 11 Holly Holm-Mary McGee card at Route 66.

Amanda Crespin (7-4, two KOs), of Las Vegas, N.M., against Nohime Dennisson (4-2-2, no KOs), Albuquerque, featherweights. Dennisson twice has defeated Crespin by decision.

Arturo Crespin, (8-2-1, three KOs), Amanda’s older brother, against Victor Villereal (9-6-2, five KOs), Longmont, Colo., junior middleweights.

A previously announced welterweight rematch between Michael Coca Gallegos (1-10-1, one KO) and Cristian Cabral won’t happen, since Cabral is fighting on the Tapia card the next night.

For ticket information, call 505-261-1502.

GOLDEN GLOVES: The New Mexico Golden Gloves amateur state tournament will be in Albuquerque this year after a run of some two decades in Clovis. The event is scheduled March 21-23 at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center, 9800 4th NW.

“We’re really excited about it,” said Albuquerque’s John Van Sickler, director of operations for the Golden Gloves national organization. “… Now, we just have to build that Golden Gloves fan base again like we used to do at the old Civic Auditorium.”

Last year, after the state Golden Gloves in Clovis, Albuquerque hosted a regional qualifier between New Mexico and Colorado. The regional is in Denver this year April 20, followed by nationals in Salt Lake City on May 13-18.
— This article appeared on page D7 of the Albuquerque Journal