The Stand’ a New Generation Fight Promotions (Rick Lopez, Sr., Devin Lopez and Alex Medina) second venture was a success, the pro-Colorado boxing crowd showing support being exactly what Lopez, Lopez and Medina hope to continue as Rick Lopez, Sr. stated, “Our goal is to provide the Colorado boxer an atmosphere here at home where opponents coming in realize very quickly what they are up against. Not having any Colorado vs Colorado bouts is something we feel is well-deserved and quite frankly, long overdue”.
Held this past Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza DIA Convention Complex (I-70 & Chambers), Colorado natives Ricky Lopez, Jr., Damien ‘Sugar’ Vazquez, David Escamilla, Cesar Holguin and Hilario Rameriz-Medina clearly enjoyed fighting in front of loyal, raucous hometown fans.
Hilario Rameriz-Medina (Longmont) improves to 2-3 after getting the split-decision win over a game Fernando Serrano (Kansas) in a 4 round light welterweight bout dropping Serrano to 0-2. Rameriz-Medina ends a 3 fight losing streak with the hard-fought win after coming under the tutelage of former World Champion Donald Camarena.
David Escamilla (Denver) improves to 4-0 after wasting little time disposing of making his pro-debut Antonio Solorzano, stopping the newcomer in round 2 after the Solorzano corner threw in the towel ending their super featherweight bout.
Cesar Holguin (Grand Junction) and Trenton Titsworth (Nebraska) battle to what was declared a draw after 6 rounds in what was an obvious (boring) Holguin win as the much taller Titsworth (6’2”) did nothing more than survive the aggressive attempts by Holguin (5’8”) to engage, all to no avail in a welterweight bout.
In a bout featuring no Coloradan, Wesley ‘Sweets’ Capper (Australia) improved to 7-0, 5 KO’s after stopping Anthony Madden (Mississippi) with a series of sharp, well-placed body shots ending the Madden night in round 2 of a middleweight scrap.
‘You can’t judge a book by it’s cover’, being the appropriate phrase as the 25 years-old Capper ‘moon-walked’, twirled and spun his way into the ring, most focusing on those antics while paying little attention to his cornermen Richie Sandoval and the recently inducted into the Las Vegas Hall-of-Fame, Miguel Diaz, that being your indicator this may be a set-up as you underestimate the talent Capper has…until the bell rings.
‘Sweets’ Capper has the tools necessary to be successful at 160 pounds and should be considered a legitimate threat to anyone in the division.
Ronnie Austion (Michigan) improves to 6-0 4 KO’s after destroying a completely outmatched Cody ‘Locked n Loaded’ Land (Nebraska) in round 1, a series of body shots ending the Land night as he came ‘unloaded’ to Denver in that light welterweight matchup.
Damien ‘Sugar’ Vazquez (Denver), the nation’s youngest professional fighter now training in Las Vegas, remains undefeated at 5-0, 3 KO’s, after Alexis Diaz (Puerto Rico) now 0-6-1, showed the correct way to hold your opponent, him having perfected the art of holding on the opposite side of referee Curtis Thrasher. Having only one point deducted was a blessing for Diaz, his focus clearly on not becoming KO victim #4 of Vazquez. Body shots, head movement, sharp jabs and stamina are the forte of young Damien ‘Sugar’ Vazquez as he continues to leave no doubt he’s a force to be reckoned with in the super flyweight division.
It was a solid performance by Vazquez as AG Promotions (Antonio Gates) realizes their gem is clearly a legitimate flyweight contender guided under the capable hands of Richie Sandoval, Miguel Diaz and Damien’s dad, Faustino (Oscar) Vazquez.
This kid is the real deal and fight fans nationwide should pay attention.
The main event featured featherweight Ricky Lopez, Jr., (Brighton) a Colorado fan favorite who is making a comeback of sorts after deciding earlier this year to have his dad, Rick Lopez, Sr., guide his career following brief stints with Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank Promotions not getting the desired results.
Having Rick Lopez, Sr. directing his son’s career has seemingly gotten the young Lopez ship righted as he dominated and stopped in round 2, Antoine Knight (Michigan) as referee Stephen Blea (and the crowd) had seen enough of the excellent body work by Lopez with little to no retaliation from Knight.
Ricky Lopez, Jr. improves to 12-4, 4 KO’s while Knight drops to 3-10.
In what was a nice gesture worth mentioning, New Generation Fight Promotions donated some 100 tickets to area amateur boxers who would have otherwise been unable to attend.
Look for New Generation Fight Promotions to hold their next fight card (featuring Colorado vs out of state competition) sometime mid-November 2014.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for BORICUA BOXING.com