This past Saturday night in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the City Auditorium Arena was the venue for the RELENTLESS/Shock & Awe, (Steve Mestas) AIRTIGHT BOXING PROMOTIONS fight card where five competitive and exciting bouts gave Colorado Springs fight fans a night to remember.
The main event featured a light welterweight matchup between Rob ‘Red Hot’ Frankel (31-12-1, 6 Kos) and Daniel Calzada (4-5-2, 1 KO) that proved experience really is the best teacher, Frankel winning by way of unanimous decision.
The previous bad blood between these two fighters was settled in the ring, both fighters showing mutual respect following their bout with the 32 years-old Frankel saying “Daniel Calzada is one tough kid who never stopped coming forward. He talked the talk and then walked the walk, that proving he fully intends to learn from this experience and move forward with his professional boxing career”.
The soon to be turning 22 years-old Calzada has nothing to be ashamed of him not only going the distance with a seasoned veteran in Frankel but gaining respect along with many fans following his inspired and quality performance.
The undercard results had Chris Quintana winning by UD over Faustino Abidilla, Terry Buterbaugh taking the UD win over Justo Sanchez, Jesus Vallejo getting the surprising third round KO win over Zach Hardrick and Liza ‘Sweet Pea’ Amaya now 2-0 after stopping Sheena Chaney in round two for the KO victory.
This past Thursday saw legendary Detroit, Michigan, KRONK GYM trainer and founder Emanuel Steward pass-away at a Chicago area hospital after losing a brief battle with cancer at the age of 68.
Known as the ‘Godfather of Detroit Boxing’, Steward amassed an amateur record of 94-3, him choosing not to pursue a professional career but help keep the kids of Detroit off the streets and give them a place they could always call ‘home’.
On several different occasions Steward was heard to say he’d love nothing more than to continue training amateur fighters in the basement of the KRONK GYM, ‘just like the old days’.
Emanuel ‘Manny’ Steward was inducted into the IBHOF (International Boxing Hall of Fame) back in 1996.
For all our friends back east here’s hoping ‘Hurricane Sandy’ loses her power and all of you are safe and healthy, returning to normal just as soon as possible.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for BORICUA BOXING.com, INSIDE BOXING.com, UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com and UNDISPUTED FIGHT MAGAZINE.com