This Saturday is full of boxing action for both amateur and professional enthusiasts beginning promptly at 4:30PM with a ‘Colorado vs Texas Elite’ boxing show held at the ‘Lightning Lonnie’s Learning Center’, 3540 E. 31st Ave. (31st & Madison St.), or for you old-timers the former East Denver YMCA.
‘Inside Boxing’ (Aurelio Martinez) and the ‘Lightning Lonnie Learning Center’ (Lonnie Smith) have joined forces to give senior open-class competitors the chance to shine on a card featuring boxers from the La Familia Boxing Club (Randy Lopez) and a group coming in from Amarilllo, Texas, with Golden Gloves Champions Amorena Baca (20th St.-Denver) and Kirstie Simmons (A1 Boxing-Aurora) highlighting fantastic female boxing competition.
The WBC Cares Colorado (Raylene Carbone and Stephen Blea) have provided an added incentive, with one lucky boxer winning the drawing for a computer aimed at promoting education within our amateur boxing community.
In addition the WBC (Don Jose Sulaiman) is honoring past Colorado WBC Champions DaVarryl Williamson, Juan Santiago, Manny ‘Manos’ Perez, Donald Camarena, Rob ‘Red Hot’ Frankel, ‘Lightning’ Lonnie Smith, and Stevie ‘lil But Bad’ Johnston in a ceremony offering beautiful commemorative Gold WBC Medals for their past achievements.
Both ‘Lightning’ Lonnie Smith and Stevie ‘lil But Bad’ Johnston are Colorado’s (to date) only professional boxing World Champions.
Tickets are reasonably priced at $10 and $15 by calling Aurelio Martinez at 720-297-7654 or can be purchased at the door.
Beginning at 6:30PM at the Red & Jerry’s Event Center, 1840 W. Oxford Ave. (Oxford & Santa Fe) in Sheridan, Colorado, Steve Mestas’ AIRTIGHT PROMOTIONS offers a combined MMA/Boxing card with the main event featuring women boxers Brittany ‘Pretty Girl’ Cruz vs Angela Hayes along with great competitive Mixed Martial Arts competition.
The combined MMA/Boxing shows have of late seen relative success, this format providing a little something for fans of both forms of hand-to-hand combat.
Tickets: Steve Mestas at 720-298-1954, ‘The House of Pain’ at 720-341-0842, or you can wait in what is always a long line to make your ticket purchase at the door.
Stephen Johnson writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, UNDISPUTED FIGHT MAGAZINE.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com