Local fighters rock opposition at Golden Gloves - Albuquerque Journal

Local fighters rock opposition at Golden Gloves

Bloomfield boxer Rolyn Nez, right, has his hand raised after his victory by unanimous decision over Colorado’s Reynell Del Rosario at a Golden Gloves amateur regional competition on Saturday. (Rick Wright/For The Journal)

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If Rolyn Nez’s nickname isn’t “Rockin,'” it should be.

Nez, a stylish, 152-pound boxer-puncher from Bloomfield, was one of three New Mexico boxers who took the measure of their Colorado counterparts on Saturday at a Golden Gloves amateur regional competition at FIT-NHB gym.

Colorado boxers had a 5-3 edge in bouts contested. But, factoring in unopposed champions, the two states qualified the same number of fighters, eight apiece, for Golden Gloves nationals in August.

Albuquerque’s Sharahya Moreu, a U.S.Olympic alternate, and Bosque Farm’s Katherine Lindenmuth, a 32-year-old mother of three boxing for the first time ever, joined Nez in the win column for New Mexico.

Nez, 19, a member of a prominent Four Corners boxing family, defeated Colorado’s Reynell Del Rosario by unanimous decision. Nez exploited a decided reach advantage, keeping Del Rosario on the outside with a steady barrage of jabs, straight rights and body shots.

The winning formula?

“Just hard work,” Nez said. “Hard work and dedication.

“I kept my distance on the outside. Clean shots, too, big shots.”

Roland Nez, Rolyn’s father, also coaches sons Jackson and Jermaine and daughter Laila. Of Rolyn’s performance, he said, “I thought he looked good. I think we might still have to work on some of his cardio, his endurance. But as far as his boxing, he looked good all three rounds.”

Lindenmuth’s victory over Colorado’s Jelena Vigil by second-round RSC (referee stopped contest) at 112 pounds was the only one of the eight bouts contested that did not go the prescribed distance.

Vigil, much the taller of the two, used her reach to great advantage in the first round. But Tony Rosales, Lindenmuth’s coach in martial arts for the past 17 years, offered simple but sage advice between rounds.

“He said to just keep pressure,” she said. “And listen. Listen to your coach.”

Lindenmuth did just that, fighting her way inside and disrupting Vigil’s technique.

Lindenmuth’s all-out attack resulted in two standing-eight counts given to Vigil before the referee stopped the bout.

Lindenmuth, under Rosales’ tutelage, has earned a purple belt in karate. She only recently, though, decided to try boxing.

James Lindenmuth, Katherine’s husband and a boxing ring announcer, died in 2019 at age 39.

“I know he wouldn’t be watching me,” she said, “because he always said he’d have trouble watching me fight.

“But this is for God and him. I had motivation. He’s proud of me.”

Moreu has competed internationally and all over the United States but hadn’t fought in front of an Albuquerque crowd for some four years.

“It was more nerve-racking than I thought,” she said after her unanimous-decision victory at 152 pounds over Colorado’s Vanessa Villereal. “I don’t get nervous at nationals, but this time, it was ‘Oh, God, these people have expectations of me.'”

Moreu met those expectations, throwing and landing far more punches than her opponent.

“It was me coming nonstop and throwing more than just one shot,” she said. “(Villereal is) a good fighter, but she was throwing one shot (at a time). Even though I might miss three, the fourth and fifth would land.”

Moreu maintained that high volume for three rounds despite having been ill earlier in the day.

“I went to get something to eat, I won’t say where, and I ate pork and it made me sick,” she said.

The crowd at FIT-NHB was deprived of seeing Colorado’s two most accomplished boxers in the competition: 114-pounder Salaam Gonzales, a former USA boxing national champion, and 125-pounder Jeremiah Perales, a Nebraska native who serves in the U.S.Army at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. Their scheduled opponents, Albuquerque’s Elijah Chavira for Gonzales and Las Cruces’ D’Angelo Sanchez for Perales, were scratched.

Candidates for fight of the night — or, actually, afternoon — were plentiful. The vote here goes to the men’s 165-pound scrap between Colorado’s Angel Zuniga and Albuquerque’s Marcelino Delgado, won by Zuniga via split decision. That honor just as easily could go to the men’s 178-pound battle between Albuquerque’s Ty Miller and Colorado’s Cesar Ramirez, another split decision that went Colorado’s way.


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