BY EVAN HERTZOG
PHOTO CREDIT: AMANDA ARMSTRONG “TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY”
Colorado boxing starts its ferocious march into the fall of 2017 with multiple cards and many talented boxers up and down each of them. We get the fight filled fall of ’17 kicked off at the “Imperium Event Center” in Westminster Colorado on September 29th, with Air Tight Boxing’s “Ready2Rumble”. The first of many planned boxing events under the powerhouse promotions banner lead by the Colorado Boxing mainstay, Steve Mestas.
As always Steve will be giving a platform to the upcoming talent that the amateur boxing scene has to offer in the Rocky Mountain state and the surrounding territory. These fights will give us a glance into the states boxing future and provide for some fun action, no doubt, but for now it is the top two bouts atop the poster that should be intriguing to any fight fan in the area. Including a must see collision course of two of Colorado’s best young talents’ in the lower weight divisions when Arturo Melo (3-2) of Colorado Springs’ “Hustle Hard Boxing” and Mario Sierra (2-0-1) of Greeley and the “Top Notch Boxing Gym”, square off in the main event of the evening.
Before we are treated with a possible fight of the year candidate between Melo and Sierra, we will have a chance to see young undefeated prospect Seville Hasan (1-0) return to the ring for the first time since scoring a TKO victory in his debut in early 2017 over Henry Silva. This time the hungry Hasan will be stepping in with Tommy Roque, which should make for a stellar co main event and leave us wanting more as we head into one of the more highly anticipated fights in the region at the end of 2017, in the main event.
Although both fighters in the main event call other Colorado cities home, they will meet on familiar ground in Denver as it acts as a meeting point between these two young guns. Both fighters have spent the better part of their early careers fighting in Denver and have started to garner respect from neutral fight fans in the mile high in each’s case, which should make for a great crowd on the 29th at the Imperium, only adding to the esteem of this fight.
The Imperium is a great venue for boxing and with its tight walls the fight fans are right on top of the action in the very intimate setting in Westminster. The heat turns up as the building feels up and it feels as though you are just as much a part of the fight as the two warriors that entertain inside of the ring. Many great fights have taken place in the Imperium and it’s in my humble opinion that we will be able to add another to the list after Melo and Sierra finish the evening at ATB’s “Ready2Rumble”.
This fight is crucial for both fighters moving forward as the rest of their careers’ path will be determined by their early success or failures. Both fighters should be credited for making this fight happen for just that reason. The thing is though, neither of these guys are strangers to taking the tough fight early on. Both having gone to battle with one of Colorado’s other up and coming fighters in Adan Gonzales (3-1-1) of “TLC Boxing Gym”. Melo lost a close decision to Gonzales and Sierra fought him to a draw, both within the last year. With this common opponent and with the outcomes for each of them, this fight could act as an elimination bout for a possible rematch with Gonzales down the road, something I’m sure both fighters hold great interest in.
The good thing for both guys is that neither of those bouts with Gonzales were their last bouts. Melo is coming off a big first round KO of Greg Gallegos and Sierra, not to be outdone, is coming off of his own first round knockout victory when he tore down Marco Alcaraz in the first round of their fight earlier this year. This is the perfect storm for a great fight and if all goes as planned over the next couple of weeks it will be a fight we will be able to see come to fruition in front of our very own eyes.
Tickets are available through any fighter that is on the card and through Steve Mestas. You can also get ahold of us here at The Fight Magazine and we will get you set away with the ticket of your choice.
Once again, the fights will be located at the “Imperium Event Center”, at 3051 W. 74th Ave. in Westminster Colorado on September 29th. Doors will open at 6pm and the first bell will sound at 7:30pm sharp.
See you there!