Fri Mar 16th, 2018
Special to the Drum
Tags: 'The Animal', Byron Frost, Elco Garcia, Global Boxing Union World Welterweight, Layla McCarter, Left Hook Promotions, March Boxing Madness, Sky Ute Casino Resort Events Center, Stephen Blea, Terry Buterbaugh, Victoria Cisneros, Women’s International Boxing Federation
Fight card’s headliners handle their business
Proud to sport an artistic rendition of Colorado-born heavyweight legend Jack Dempsey on the backside of his ‘Old School Boxing’ hooded sweatshirt, Terry Buterbaugh knew he’d have to summon up some old-school grit to go rounds inside a La Plata County ring with a local icon.
And even more to punch – literally, as well as figuratively – above his weight class.
“I had to work on keeping the weight on instead of taking it off, you know?” Buterbaugh, proprietor of the Colorado Springs-based OSB gym, joked afterwards, following his test Saturday night, Mar. 3, against Ignacio’s Elco Garcia in the co-main event of Left Hook Promotions’ ‘March Boxing Madness’ card, staged inside the Sky Ute Casino Resort Events Center.
Hungry for his 30th professional win, Garcia was the aggressor from the opening bell and put the heat on Buterbaugh with multiple flurries, while Buterbaugh was more reliant on a potent overhand right which he only managed to land more or less cleanly on a couple occasions.
“I did a couple decent ones, but not like I wanted,” he said. “Two weight classes heavier than I’m used to fighting’s … just too much weight for me. And he was just longer than I was expecting, I guess.”
Peppering away with an effective left jab and able to more freely pick his power shots, Garcia was in control of the fight by the end of the third round (of six scheduled rounds), though Buterbaugh went into the fourth on his feet and grooving to the 2Pac/Dr. Dre ‘California Love’ beat blaring through the venue’s sound system.
Unfortunately, Garcia continued to administer punishment and did noticeable damage with a right-left combo pinning Buterbaugh back in his own corner. And in Round 5, Garcia continued landing measured straight rights, though his opponent not only stayed upright, but also began jawing at ‘The Animal’ between blows.
Knowing a knockout was the only thing likely to save Buterbaugh, Garcia unloaded in the sixth and the bout ended with Garcia again having backed and battered Buterbaugh into a corner – securing a 60-54, 60-54, 60-54 unanimous decision.
Still with 13 KOs to his name, Garcia improved to 30-10-0 while Buterbaugh dipped to 11-12-3 (5 KO), but with knowledge of the middle/super-middleweight division he could apply towards his next fight.
“Probably going to 147, like I’ve been,” he said, implying a return to welterweight. “160’s too much.”
Having held world titles from featherweight to lightweight to super-welter, Las Vegas, Nevada’s ‘Amazing’ Layla McCarter proved too much at welterweight for Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Victoria Cisneros in the night’s main attraction.
Moving well from the start, but admittedly not as well during the third, fourth and fifth frames (ten two-minute rounds had been scheduled), McCarter showed she’d returned to form in Round 6 by evading one Cisneros approach so quickly that before Cisneros could turn around, McCarter was already catching a quick breather on the opposite side of the ring – not worried that her own back was turned.
“I was just taking a nice angle, and it made her look particularly … not too good,” the Mayweather Promotions-backed McCarter said. “But when I’m on my game, I use my angles a lot and … it was kind of fun.”
“I started getting a little careless the…third, fourth rounds, and getting in the clinch – where I didn’t need to be – to make it difficult. I could have just boxed all day,” she continued. “But I gave the people a good show, I think, and blood always adds extra drama.”
Having swelled Cisneros’ left orbital to a size concerning to the ring physician, McCarter continued attacking the overt target into the eighth round, when veteran referee Stephen Blea waved the fight off 28 seconds in against Cisneros’ claims she was fine to continue – and McCarter herself sensed she could have.
“Victoria, she’s got the heart of a lion. And she’s not going to quit for anything,” McCarter stated. “So when I saw the referee taking a good look at her, I made sure I put on the pressure so he’d stop it. She’s a very tough individual.”
With the technical knockout upping her stoppage count to 11 and improving her to 41-13-5 overall, McCarter departed with the Women’s International Boxing Federation and Global Boxing Union World Welterweight title belts, though both likely have an ‘interim’ prefix attached as German Verena Kaiser (10-0-0, 5 KO) is set to defend the same titles – which she’d won in Sept. 2017 – next month in Sweden.
“There’s always pressure, especially when you have your family and friends counting on you to do what you’re supposed to do. But it was a good kind of pressure, and I felt really good going in,” McCarter said.
“I felt … very relaxed,” she added. “This is like fighting at home for me; I’ve fought here for 18 years, this crowd is very appreciative and they love me here! I feel grateful to be able to fight at Sky Ute Casino again.”
Buterbaugh, having made his second-ever trip to the venue, expressed a similar sentiment, “It’s a good place to come.”