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Colorado makes an impact in Combat Sports

USA Boxing
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USA Boxing looks towards Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

As the year 2013 ended my own opinion is the sport of boxing once again thrives as the quality/quantity of competition increases.

Boxing in 2013 was given an infusion of interest as SHOWTIME and HBO drew a definite ‘line in the sand’ with Golden Boy Promotions (Richard Schaefer) and Top Rank (Bob Arum) continuing their ‘Cold War’ that (as strange as it may seem) worked to the benefit of the casual boxing fan.

Seeing how the casual boxing fan is what sparks the industry (the hard-core fan watching anytime day or night no matter who the combatants) the phone calls asking “Is this a good fight to watch tonight” came my way often in 2013.

The fight of the year here in Denver was easily Mike ‘303’ Alvarado defending his WBO light welterweight title against Ruslan ‘Siberian Rocky’ Provodnikov at the 1ST BANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado, in front of a packed house that was televised live on HBO.

Fight fans from around the country got the chance to see that Colorado not only has a solid base of fighters but a solid fan base as well, Alvarado coming up short to a definite ‘force to be reckoned with’ in the light welterweight division, Provodnikov.

Colorado promoters Steve Mestas (Airtight Boxing), Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith (Poor Boys Boxing), Raul Utajara (Ghost Town Promotions), Duran Hill (Sting Like A Bee Promotions) and Brandon Ortega/Nicholas Thompson (Sundown Entertainment) provided fight fans with quality professional boxing here in the state.

USA Boxing, under the guidance of International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque Otano, look towards the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Champions Boxing (Roman Sanchez) and Denver Boxing Academy (Aurelio Martinez) opened their doors in 2013 giving amateur boxers another training venue, with the Colorado Golden Gloves Gym (Jess Mora) establishing new digs.

The WBC Cares (Stephen Blea/Raylene Carbone) Program here in Denver continues to provide education, monetary and equipment support with ‘Big Champions supporting Little Champions’ their battle cry.

Boxing and MMA action here in Colorado is readily available thanks to the efforts of Chris Morris (Rocky Mountain Boxing), John Specht (Fight Wire) and Ron Goldstein (Denver MMA Examiner) each providing their own unique perspective for Denver Combat Sports fans with Denver based Inside providing local and national boxing information.

As we ‘boxing nuts’ each have our own particular choices as to who was ‘the best’ in many categories, I will defer to those better equipped to do battle it sometimes wiser to listen than speak.

Can 2014 provide better fight action than 2013?

Of course it can, and I’m betting it will.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Colorado boxing nuts!

Stephen Johnson feature writes for INSIDE, BORICUA, UNTIL THE NEXT and UNDISPUTED FIGHT

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