Hernández hammers out win over Garcia

Juan Bladimir Hernandez (right) sticks La Plata County local Elco Garcia with an uppercut during the “Fright Night” main event. The relatively-unknown fighter from Mexico would leave Ignacio’s Sky Ute Casino Resort Events Center with a sixth-round TKO victory.
Edgar Pedraza (right) sneaks a right across the jaw of Steve Victor during the first bout at “Fright Night”. Victor, however, would recover quickly and go on to win by unanimous decision after four rounds.
From Shiprock, N.M., Steve Victor pounds down upon the head of seasoned veteran Edgar Pedraza en route to winning the first bout at “Fright Night” by unanimous decision after four rounds.
Referee federico "Freddy" Encinas raises the hand of Steve Victor in victory after Victor defeating Edgar Pedraza.
From Durango, Colo., Miguel Gallegos (white trunks) snaps back the head of Zamir Young with a left during the second bout at “Fright Night.” But largely due to his constant aggression, the Cortez, Colo.-based, Gallup, N.M.-trained Young would leave with a majority-draw win after four rounds.
Zamir Young looks to connect after a missed swing from Miguel Gallegos.
Billings, Montana’s Daniel Gonzales (left) could have used a few more shots like this right hand to the orbital of Denver, Colorado’s Steve Marquez during the third – and co-main event – bout at “Fright Night,” as Marquez would win by a sixth-round TKO.
Denver, Colorado’s Steve Marquez goes through the guard of Billings, Montana’s Daniel Gonzales to draw blood with a right during the third – and co-main event – bout at “Fright Night.” Marquez would win by a sixth-round TKO.
La Plata County local Elco Garcia (left) connects with a hook to the ear of Juan Bladimir Hernandez during the “Fright Night” main event. Garcia would unfortunately be denied his 30th pro win as the relatively-unknown Hernandez earned a forceful sixth-round TKO victory.
Elco Garcia connects with a left-cross, sending blood and sweat into the air as he battles through the fourth round against Juan Hernandez.
La Plata County local Elco Garcia (left) successfully zips a jab between Juan Bladimir Hernandez’s gloves during the “Fright Night” main event. Garcia would unfortunately be denied his 30th pro win as the relatively-unknown Hernandez earned a forceful sixth-round TKO victory.
Juan Bladimir Hernandez connects with a brutal uppercut during “Fright Night” boxing's main event.
Juan Bladimir Hernandez (left) punches La Plata County local Elco Garcia into the ropes, as referee Tony Zaino (blue shirt) prepares to intervene and stop the “Fright Night” main event 1:06 into the sixth round—giving Hernandez a TKO victory.
Looking wore out and worn down Elco arcia is backed into the ropes with a shot to the mid-section by Juan Hernandez.
Juan Bladimir Hernandez is raised by one of his cornermen after defeating Elco garcia and preventing Garcia from claiming his 30th victory in the ring.
As ring announcer Ray deKay (white suit) clarifies the official time of stoppage, referee Tony Zaino presents “Fright Night” main event winner Juan Bladimir Hernandez—victorious by TKO over La Plata County local Elco Garcia—to the Sky Ute Casino Resort Events Center crowd.
Helped by one of his corner-men, “Fright Night” main event winner Juan Bladimir Hernandez, left, holds up his youngest—and happiest—fan after defeating La Plata County local Elco Garcia by sixth-round TKO.
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Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
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Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
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‘Fright Night’ ferocity yields Round 6 stoppage

So hyped to answer the fourth-round bell that he forgot his mouthpiece, relatively unknown Juan Bladimir Hernández Campos managed to escape a developing trap in his opponent’s corner late, while continuing to land quality 1-2 combinations all the way through the fifth, setting himself up to ultimately shock the Sky Ute Casino Resort Events Center crowd.

Having totally forgotten about a first-round cut on his left temple – a target any fighter, certainly La Plata County, Colorado’s own Elco Garcia, would love to exploit and expand – Hernández’s roundhouse lefts and straight rights allowed him to finally get inside Garcia’s defense during the sixth of eight scheduled stanzas headlining Left Hook Promotions’ “Fright Night” professional boxing card Saturday, Oct. 29.

A wicked left uppercut drew blood from the local’s nose as Garcia recoiled into the ropes, and about three more such shots had referee Tony Zaino rushing in to save the dazed, defenseless veteran – waving off the bout, contested at an announced 170-pound limit (the gray area between super-middleweight and light-heavy), 1:06 into the round and awarding the elated Hernández a technical knockout.

Born in Mexico’s Durango state and still hailing from that nation, ‘Bladi’ improved to 5-2 overall with four KO after his first reported pro fight since last June, while ‘The Animal,’ whose best round may have been the third, dipped to 29-10 (13 KO) in his first action since last August.

Hernández could not be found for comment after the fight, while Garcia was no doubt resting and receiving medical attention. A follow-up phone call went straight to a full voice-mail account.

‘HALF A COMBO’ TO GO, PLEASE

Finishing the first round with a nice flurry and able to withstand some of his foe’s fiercest blows, middleweight Daniel Gonzales finally weakened for good in the fifth of a scheduled eight-round, co-main against Steve Marquez.

“We came here expecting to fight eight rounds; we had no intent of knocking him out,” said Marquez, representing his Denver-based House of Pain Boxing corner-men. “We know he’s tough. Took a good punch!”

“Daniel could fight; I appreciate it very much.”

Wobbled thrice during the fifth and saved only by the bell, Gonzales could take no more in Round 6 and Marquez won by TKO after an elapsed 2:41 – plenty reason to flex a right biceps tattooed with the Colorado flag.

“A straight right, with a left follow – Coach calls ’em ‘builders,’” Marquez said, detailing his decisive punches. “Right, left, another right…we build ’em up: Stomach, chest, face! I finished him with half a combo.”

With his sixth consecutive win and fourth KO running, Marquez improved to 15-17-2 overall while the game Gonzales – showing extensive swelling above both eyebrows – dropped to 12-40-2, despite a strong Round 3 in which he regularly peppered Marquez into the ropes before Marquez battled back in its waning ticks.

“I was trying to catch my breath,” Marquez admitted, “but I was also trying to catch him slipping. You know, it’s catch and throw! He just kept pressuring me – he wasn’t stopping!”

“I got in there and banged it out. I had fun – always do – and didn’t get ‘hurt’…lived to do it again another day if I choose,” said Gonzales. “And that’s what matters; nobody got hurt and the crowd liked it.”

“Unfortunately it didn’t go my way – I think a little premature on the stoppage – but it’s like this, man: I’m a single father with five children, four of ’em at home – got a son that passed away – I work full-time and…worked 15 days to get a day off,” he continued.

“Honestly…I wasn’t in the gym a day – the boxing gym – for this. I do get up in the morning, jog to the YMCA and catch a little dips, some pull-ups, sit-ups and stuff, so…. I gave it a whirl. Unfortunately caught a little more than I should have but…I’m going home, so everything worked out. Plus I get a paycheck out the deal!”

Coming down from Billings, Montana, to rumble with Marquez in place of Aztec, New Mexico’s Joe Gomez, Gonzales indicated he thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and atmosphere regardless of the outcome.

“While I’m still here I’m going to do a little sight-seeing,” he said. “A great place…clean city, and I like it, so hopefully they’ll have me back! I didn’t finish…but hopefully the crowd liked it and they’ll have me back!”

Marquez actually began his comments wanting to pass along his best to the Four Corners’ ‘Ironman.’

“Joe, I hope your baby’s O.K.,” he stated. “I’m praying for him!”

YOUNG GETS IT DONE

Broadening his training recently down in Gallup, N.M., a slimmed-down Zamir Young – originally from Cortez, Colo. – appeared properly fit for a four-rounder at 150 against Durango, Colorado’s Miguel Gallegos, and earned a 40-36, 38-38, 40-36 majority-draw victory.

“Mixed-martial arts…that’s what I’ve been doing to get conditioning. Wrestling is very good…for your cardio,” Young said, of his out-of-state preparations. “So I’ve just been staying on top of it, grinding every day. This is what I’m good at; I love it. I have some losses … but, you know, I’m willing to get better. I’m not a quitter.”

Able to shake off a nasty left from ‘El Coyote’ which stunned him in Round 2, Young looked the aggressor throughout, even if a good number of his punches weren’t as precise as Gallegos’ belt-high body shots, and rarely let the oft-crouching Gallegos (4-1-1) inside to test his tightened core.

“I dropped a lot of weight for the fight, and I think I made a big statement – a good statement,” said Young (3-1-1, 1 NC). “It’s only going to burn my fire more, in my scenario.”

“I’ve been doing training, I’ve been putting in the work in the gym – blood, sweat, tears – and it was ‘Just have fun!’ tonight.”

VICTOR VICTORIOUS IN OPENER

Getting the night underway, Shiprock, New Mexico’s Steve Victor managed to open a cut above well-traveled Edgar Pedraza Palma’s left eye early in the first of their four rounds.

“I think that happened with an overhand right,” said Victor. “And then the second time we collided heads, so I think that opened it up more.”

Linking better combinations in Rounds 2 and 3, Victor pushed the Mexican national into the ropes on three sides of the ring during Round 4 en route to winning a 40-36, 40-37, 40-36 unanimous decision.

“He gave me a few uppercuts here and there, and a few hooks that…he stung me with. I struck him back, hurt him a few times, and he came back – he’s a tough opponent!” Victor said, following his second pro triumph.

“The fight went pretty good, pretty smooth,” he continued, “and I’m just trying to get…on a winning streak. This is just the beginning; I need to run more, do more conditioning, and train harder to get the next win!”

‘Sugar Bear’ Victor improved to 2-6-1, and Pedraza dropped to 2-26-3.

 

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