Boxing--10th Sell-Out At Buffalo Thunder, FS1 Live Broadcast
“Tone” Martinez: “I Hurt Him Early, Then I Hurt Him Some More.”
By ROBERT NARANJO/valleydailypost.com
Pojoaque – At Romero’s in Hernandez, several months back, Donald Moe, was a one-man marketing firm for Espanola boxer, Antonio “Tone” Martinez, 6-2, as a pro. “He’s a good boxer, and he’s doing great as a pro,” Moe said. Moe is the boxer’s uncle. “He’s Donna’s son, his name is Antonio but he goes by “Tone,” and he pronounced it again, Tone, (rhymes with loan).” He’s going to do great,” he added.
Photo shows both Brandon Holmes, 9-0, and and his boxing coach/trainer seemingly saying, "You the man" pointing to each other as they posed for the media Tuesday night after Holmes defeated Gene Perez of Belen. Photo by ROBERT NARANJO/valleydailypost.com
Antonio “Tone” Martinez’s uncle Donald was right as rain. Billed as boxing’s “TOE-TO-TOE-TUESDAYS,” and organized by Premier Boxing Champions, Holmes Boxing, Warriors Boxing Promotions and broadcast, in part, live by FOX Sports 1 (FS 1), before the 10th consecutive sell-out crowd at the Buffalo Thunder venue, Tuesday, September 27, “Espanola’s own” as the ring announcer referred to Martinez as, quickly dispatched Ivan Lucero, of El Paso, TX, schooling his opponent in less than two rounds, sending Lucero back down the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.
“I hurt him early, then I hurt him some more,” Tone Martinez told the Valley Daily Post after all the fights had ended and he was gathered with his family.
Tone’s mother, Donna M. Martinez, when asked what she thought of her son’s quick victory said, “I’m very excited and thrilled that he won.” His uncle, Donald, quickly added, “I told you he was good!”
Antonio "Tone" Martinez's mother, Donna M. Martinez, reacts to the referee holding up her son's arm in victory at the "Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays" boxing at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by ROBERT NARANJO/valleydailypost.com
Espanola Valley and northern New Mexico fans love boxing, that’s a fact. Show them a winner, and they become some of the best sports fans in the state, nation and maybe the world, although some countries take their boxing seriously.
FOX Sports 1 management also thinks so, sending out a film crew to report the fights live. If the Espanola Valley was a metro of half a million, it would be a sports mecca for boxing and other sports. Actually, it’s making a name for itself as bona fide boxing fans with a combined “mini metro “ of about 45,000 people.
Other local boxers who came came out victorious were Brandon Holmes, 9-0, of Santa Fe who hit hard and decisively beat Gene Perez of Belen, who boxed well and never counted himself out. There was a large contingent for Holmes in the crowd out of Santa Fe.
Santo Domingo Pueblo’s Aaron Martinez, 3-0, boxing out of Santa Fe, started out cautiously in his bout with George Roybal of Albuquerque.
Photo shows Santo Domingo Pueblo's Aaron Martinez, 3-0, on right, in his bout against George Roybal of Albuquerque. Martinez won the bout, then leaped unto the ropes with his arms in the air to the crowd's delight, roar and applause. Martinez had many supporters in the crowd. Photo by ROBERT NARANJO/valleydailypost.com
But once they started boxing, Martinez beat Roybal and jumped on the ropes, thrusting his hands in the air to the crowd’s delight and roar. Martinez, the only Native American in the card, had a good following to support him.
Photo shows on left, Bryant McClain, 3-0, out of Rio Rancho, and his opponent, Ivan Miranda, out of Chili, Mexico, (in his pro-debut), during the referee instructions with both giving each other "I'm going to beat you" stares. McClain beat Miranda and was the only New Mexican that had his bout televised on FSI. Photo by ROBERT NARANJO/valleydailypost The two boxers exchanged punches fairly evenly, maybe leaning towards McClain, but then McClain caught the Mexican boxer on the ropes and pummeled him mercilessly, until the referee stopped the fight. Miranda remained dazed for a few minutes, but finally got up on his own and was OK.
In other action Tuesday night, in the Main Event, Yordenis Ugas, 16-3, of Santiago, Cuba, beat Bryant Perrella, 14-1, (formerly undefeated), after the two boxers went round after round slugging it out in the scheduled 10 round bout.
Photo shows Yordenis Ugas, 17-3, in big screen finishing off Bryant Perrella, 14-1, before the fight was stopped by the referee earning Ugas the win. Photo by ROBERT NARANJO/valleydailypost.com
Then Ugas hit the Florida boxer with some thundering shots that hurt Perrella. While ringside doctors checked out Perrella, Ugas went to Perrella’s corner out of concern for his opponent. Perella was OK. Ryan Kral, 13-0, out of Brenhan, TX, beat Jose Felix Quesada, out of Chicago, Illinois, 11-1, (first career loss), Emmanuel Medina, 11-0, out of Los Angeles, CA, beat Francisco Medel, 9-5, out of Agua Prieta, Mexico, Cesar Alan Valenzuela, 13-4, of Guaymas, Mexico, beat Dennis Galarza, of Orlando, Florida.