Warehouse Rumble Results: Gonzales def. Herrera, Montoya def. Brown
A sold-out crowd of over 400 filled the seats of the YDI Wool Warehouse for Chavez Promotions’ Warehouse Rumble, which took place Friday, February 24, 2012. The main event featured Albuquerque’s Yoel “Fulanito” Gonzales (2-0), a late substitution for Matthew Baca, against Roswell’s John “Smiley” Herrera (1-2-1).
Gonzales, originally from Cuba, met the Roswell native in a four-round battle that ended in a unanimous decision for Gonzales. Herrera blocked a large percentage of the shots taken by Gonzales, seeming to wait for ideal opportunities to strike back, but Gonzales just kept the pace with a constant barrage of combinations and winning every round by sheer numbers. The judges decided for Gonzales unanimously at 40-36.
The co-main event of the night, however, was the highlight of the evening, as Brandi Montoya (2-2, Rosales) defeated the girl who delivered her first amateur loss, Amber Brown (FIT NHB, 0-1) in her professional debut.
Although Brown struck first in both rounds one and two, Montoya methodicallypressed forward with multiple left-hook/right-cross combinations. However, Brown did not quit, pushing back until the end, for the most exciting fight of the night.
Brown was frustrated by her performance for her pro debut; “That’s not the way I fight, and I don’t know what happened, but no excuses. It was a good fight, there will be a third! Quitting is not in my vocabulary!”
Montoya took the unanimous 40-36 decision, and she is not taking a break, but is now set to face Natalie Roy at Golden Boy/Golden Girl Promotions’ show on April 28, more information to come on www.GoldenGirl.us.
The rest of the bouts for the evening featured boxers from all over the state:
Jamie Gutierrez (4-5, Warrior) defeated Leonardo Sanchez (2-1, LA Boxing. The first two rounds featured mostly bobbing, weaving and mutually blocked shots, though Gutierrez scored a few more points than Sanchez. Sanchez took round 3, but Gutierrez took the fourth round and the unanimous 39-37 decision.
Alan Sanchez (3-1) knocked Charles Reyes (0-2) who shook off several years of ring rust as a late substitution for Antonio Garcia. Sanchez scored 2 knockdowns and had Reyes up against the ropes, not defending himself, and the ref called a stop to the fight, giving Sanchez the TKO at 1:14 of the first round.
Cristan Crabal (2-0, Warrior) defeated Michael Herrera (0-1, Team Roswell) by TKO. Herrera fought with heart for his professional debut, but Crabal’s pushed a relentless pace, and the ref called a stop to the fight at :25 of the 2nd round.
ABQ PAL’s Eric Gonzales (1-0) won his professional debut against Rosales’ Eric “Buddy Holly” Henson, by knockout. Gonzales scored a knockdown with a strong right hook in the first, and although Henson finished the 1st round with a nice uppercut, Gonzales left hook knocked him out at 1:42 of the 2nd round.