November 19, 1999
Cloverleaf Race Track
Arthur Cruz, 146 ½, Denver, W-TKO-3 (1:47), over Julian Maldonado, 150 ¾,
Cruz (8-4, 5 KOs), Maldonado (2-4-1, 2 KOs)
Chris Nugin, 155 ½, Colorado Springs, W-UD-4, over Roy Ochoa, 159 ½, Boulder
Nugin (1-0, 0), Ochoa (0-1)
Carlos Nevarez, 135 ½, Fort Collins, W-TKO-2 (2:03), over Rudy Ibarra, 134 ½,
Nevarez (5-8-1, 3), Ibarra (0-1)
Patrick Walker, 235, Colorado Springs, W-TKO-3 (1:23), over Gilbert Martinez,
252, Albuquerque, N.M.
Walker (3-0, 2), Martinez (0-3)
Brad Jensen, 147, Estes Park, W-UD-4, over Qaasim Azeem, 156, Denver
Jensen (1-0, 0), Azeem (0-2)
Orlando Malone, 117, Denver, EXHIB-4, Jesus Lopez, 131, Denver
Malone (9-18, 6), Lopez (11-8, 5)
Promoter: Gaffney Promotions
Matchmaker: Jim Smith
Referees: Steve Blea, Ed Walsh
Judges: Ed Kugler, Joe Mason, Tyrone Short, Steve Waldman
Commissioner in Charge: Ed Avila, Nebraska State Athletic Commission
Supervised by: Nebraska Athletic Commission in association with the Colorado
CBA Executive Administrator: Woody Kislowski
Physician: Dr. Dane Floberg
Inspectors: John Maydan, Margarito Berzoza
Timekeeper: John Ulibarri
Knockdowns: Lee Peters
Tally Judge: Suzanne Gorsuch
Announcer: Tony Duran
Attendance: 300 (est.)
This fall's second show at the Cloverleaf Race Track featured five
four-rounders - two of them were hotly contested while the rest were anything
Colorado Springs' Chris Nugin, 155 ½, launched his pro career with a win,
taking a unanimous decision over fellow first-timer Roy Ochoa, 159 ½,
Boulder. Nugin dropped Ochoa with a quick right during the bout's final
seconds, avoiding a draw. Nugin won the first round behind a snappy jab.
Ochoa appeared to take the second and third rounds as he consistently landed
his right to the body, occasionally jolting Nugin upstairs as well. Nugin was
on the way to winning the fourth round anyway when he scored the knockdown
that cemented the win. Two of the judges favored Nugin 38-37; the third had
him ahead 39-37. Given that both middleweights were in their first pro
starts, they were remarkably composed and focused.
In the show's other competitive bout, Brad Jensen, 147, Estes Park, won
his pro debut by unanimous decision over transplanted New Yorker Qaasim
Azeem, 156, Denver. While the first three rounds were busy, the fourth round
was a treat, with both fighters moving their hands from bell to bell. The
judges favored the constantly charging Jensen 39-37 twice and 40-36. Azeem,
in his first pro bout since 1994, dropped to 0-2.
Arthur " Vicious" Cruz, 146 ½, Denver, thoroughly dominated Julian
Maldonado, 150 ¾, Denver. After a foul-filled first round, Maldonado (2-4-1)
visibly tired in the second, taking a couple of big rights. Cruz (8-4, 5)
wailed away in the third until Maldonado turned his back, prompting referee
Steve Blea to wave it off at 1:47.
Carlos Nevarez, 135 ½, Fort Collins, thoroughly outclassed Rudy Ibarra,
134 ½, Loveland. Nevarez (5-8-1) landed at will, finally dropping Ibarra with
a looping right in the second round. Ibarra, making his pro debut, arose at
eight, but Blea smartly stopped the bout after Nevarez resumed his assault.
Pat Walker, 235, Colorado Springs, improved to 3-0, using a quick left
hand to wear down Gilbert Martinez, 252, Albuquerque. Martinez's nose was
bloodied in the second round. A body shot dropped Martinez in the third. He
gamely arose but was hurt and exhausted. A clubbing right by Walker persuaded
referee Ed Walsh to stop the bout at 1:23 of the third round.
A four-round exhibition between sparmates Orlando Malone and Jesus Lopez
opened the evening.