New Mexico MMA FIghter Guy Youell Makes Boxing Debut on Holly Holm-Anne Sophie Mathis Card
Guy Youell, out of Team 4Corners in Farmington, NM, will be making his professional debut against Albuquerque's Jose Luis "Guero" Sanchez, out of Sanchez Brothers, who is also making his professional debut, on Fresquez Productions' "The Reckoning", on Friday, June 15, 2012, at Route 66 Casino Hotel Albuquerque, NM.
The main event for the promotion features Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm facing Anne Sophie Mathis, the one who delivered her most recent loss, in a 10-round rematch for the IBA Welterweight and WBAN Titles. There will be two other professional boxing debuts on the card, Victor Silva (Socorro, NM) and Gene Perez (Belen, NM).
Originally from Farmington, NM, Youell has been interested in fighting professional, in one form or another, from the time he was very young. "I remember watching Conan the Barbarian when I was 5 years old, and thinking, that's what I want to do when I grow up: fight for money."
His quest began with karate lessons from his father, who taught local high school kids in the area. He and his brothers also studied many of his father's martial arts books and practiced sparring against one another. He played football from 3rd through 9th grade, and wrestled for 1 year of high school, but was a troubled teenager and often got into fights.
He moved to Las Vegas, NV, to be with his father, where he began to learn boxing, hoping someday to become a professional boxer. After high school, he moved to Colorado Springs, CO, and decided to start training at Defense Institute. At a time when MMA was just beginning to be popular, the facility was mostly a kickboxing school, but they had regular instruction from local Olympic wrestlers.
About six years ago, Youell moved to Farmington, where he found Team 4Corners, and he found his home gym and a new sport to love in MMA, although he never forsook his desire to box professionally. He became a professional cage fighter in 2007, with no amateur fights behind him, and he currently has a 1-3 record in MMA, his most recent fight at the MMA Fight Pit in August of last year.
He has remained with Team 4Corners, and head coach Floyd Sword (UFC and KOTC veteran) ever since. For the last 2 years, he has been an instructor at Team 4Corners, teaching kids, women's and adult kickboxing, boxing, grappling and wrestling.
Youell has never lost his desire to box, so when, at the end of May, teammate and professional boxer, Aaron Fernandez told him about Fresquez Productions' upcoming event, he jumped at the chance to enter that world.
Although originally slated as backup another fighter, he began training in earnest, and he was thrilled, when he got the call, less than two weeks ago that the other fighter could not fight, and he would now have the opportunity to make his professional boxing debut. "I know it's a short camp, but I stay in fight shape, I don't really take breaks from training."
Although his opponent has more amateur boxing experience, Youell feels that he is a force to be reckoned with: "I'm sure he'll be a tough guy; you have to be tough, with that many amateur fights. But I think I can pull off the upset, and I don't want it to go to the judges."
For more information on the upcoming event, visit www.fresquezproductions.com.
Youell would like to thank his sponsors Defined Fitness, Zebra's Four Corners Orthdontic, and Stoad.