The 2014 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions held at the Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, runs May 12-17 and Team Colorado/New Mexico bounced back strong in Wednesday action, winning 4 of 5 contests.
108 lbs.- Aaron Perez Colorado/New Mexico won (points) vs Corey Thomas, Mid-South
123 lbs.- Charles Williams, Colorado/New Mexico lost (points) vs Michael Stoute, New York Metro
152 lbs.- Reyes Marquez Colorado/New Mexico won (points) vs Malik Hawkins, Washington D.C.
165 lbs.- Marquis Moore, Colorado/New Mexico won (points) vs Ghazi Muhammad, Wisconsin
201 lbs.- DeRae Crane, Colorado, New Mexico won (points) vs Devon Henry, Tri-State
Results for Team Colorado/New Mexico will be posted HERE, daily.
Saturday night on HBO beginning at 8:15 p.m. MST, Denver’s own Mike ‘303’ Alvarado (33 years-old and 34-2, 23 KO’s) steps in the ring with legendary Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez (40 years-old and 55-7-1, 40 KO’s) in a welterweight challenge (catch-weight of 144 lbs.) held at the ‘Forum’ in Inglewood, California.
The Top Rank (Bob Arum) main event is scheduled for 12 rounds, stamina being the probable deciding factor in the outcome of this bout with the youth, size and strength of Alvarado giving him the slight edge.
Both Alvarado and Marquez have much riding on this fight, it being a guaranteed barn-burner.
Most feel the winner of Saturday’s Alvarado/Marquez bout has positioned himself for a shot at Manny Pacquiao, Arum probably hoping to see Marquez the victor that setting up Pacquiao vs Marquez V in what would be a huge PPV event.
Whether or not Mike ‘303’ Alvarado pulls off the upset, as long as he shows himself prepared and on top of his game, he is looking at a major rematch against Brandon Rios, that Alvarado/Rios trilogy an appealing thought to most boxing fans.
Look for the Alvarado upset by way of unanimous decision.
The undercard is of little interest other than the talented Manuel Damairias Lopez (5-0, 4 KO’s) from Denver taking on Cameron Kreal (4-5-2, O KO’s) in a scheduled for 4 rounds light welterweight bout that won’t go the distance, Lopez improving to 6-0, with 5 KO's.
Young Lopez is on track to becoming one of the light welterweight divisions rising stars and should be closely followed.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for BORICUA BOXING.com