For Denver professional boxing fans the year of 2012 was a very good one as Denver boxers took center stage on numerous occasions both locally and nationally, with Airtight Promotions along with Poor Boys Boxing providing most of the local action.
Manny ‘Manos’ Perez (18-8-1, 4 KO’s) traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland, back in September in his quest to get that so far elusive World Championship fight where he arguably came up short when taking on Paul McCloskey (24-2, 12 KO’s) for the WBA Inter-Continental light welterweight title.
Mike ‘303’ Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) again proved himself the Mile High City’s number one attraction when heading to Carson, California, back in October to face Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios (31-0-1,23 KO’s) for a WBO lightweight title eliminator, him being stopped in round seven of what can easily be referred to as a ‘Classic’.
Rios has one blemish on his record, that being when he came away with a draw versus our own Manny ‘Manos’ Perez back in October of 2008.
Earlier this year in April, Alvarado defeated the tough Mauricio Herrera (18-3, 7 KO’s) in a bout held in Las Vegas, Nevada, that was given strong consideration for the 2012 Fight-of-theYear, until Alvarado vs Rios came along.
Rob ‘Red Hot’ Frankel, Isaiah Barela, Corey Alarcon, Elco Garcia, Raul Carrillo, Ronnie Reams, Manuel Lopez III, Carlos Ibarra, Pablo Gomez, Al Romero, Kenny Lemos, Brad Jackson, Roosevelt Parker, Jr., Shawn Nichol and Daniel Calzada, along with young females Liza Amaya-Camarena and Kirstie Simmons are just a few of the many Denver area fighters who have our city prominently mentioned as having ‘competitive opponents’ in boxing circles nationwide.
The year of 2012 was not so good for amateur boxing (now to be referred to as ‘Olympic Style Boxing’) as the 2012 Olympic Games held in London, England, provided the USA Boxing Team with little to brag about as the men were completely shut out.
The women on the other hand provided Team USA with (in the first ever women’s boxing competition) one gold medal as the youngest member of the team, 17 years-old Claressa Shields from Flint, Michigan, pulled off the surprising series of upsets giving the USA one shining moment while Texan Marlen Esparza won a bronze medal.
Boxing fans world-wide viewed both the 2012 Fight-of-the Year and the 2012 Knockout-of-the Year when 39 years-old Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) shocked both Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) and the world when Marquez KO’d Pacquiao with one punch and just one second left in round six of a match held in Las Vegas, Nevada, earlier this month.
For those who were led to believe boxing was dying a slow death, think again, as 2012 was great and 2013 looks to be even better for those participating in the ‘sweet science’ both locally and nationally.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
Stephen Johnson feature writes for BORICUA BOXING.com, INSIDE BOXING.com UNDISPUTED FIGHT MAGAZINE.com and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com