Sparta Combat League is set to make its return to the boxing world, as they get ready to invade the “Crowne Plaza Hotel Convention Center”, once more with their “Young Guns” card. Although the card isn’t exactly what it was built to be originally (we will touch on that in a moment), the final line up of fighters and matchups is very nice and will be well worth the price of admission I’m sure.
The card will consist of six fights in all, five professional and one amateur. “Young Guns”, will be main evented by up and coming and undefeated Colorado boxing prospect, Misael Lopez. Lopez (4-0 1KO) will put his young undefeated record on the line when he squares off with Rene Marquez (5-3) who also started off his career at 4 and 0 but has since dropped 3 of his last four fights. This should be a nice test for Lopez as it is his first 8 round fight of his career and he is fighting an 8-fight veteran who knows exactly what it is like to have the pressure of defending an undefeated record early in your career on your shoulders. With that said I do believe Colorado boxing fans will be in for quite a treat when the main event of the evening takes place this coming Saturday night.
The CO-Main event of the evening will feature a nice little matchup taking place at 142lbs, scheduled for 6 rounds, when Jonny Jarabek (4-1 1KO) takes on Emilio Hernandez (2-6 2KO). I look for Jarabek to bounce back in a very big way on Saturday night, coming off of the first loss of his career last December to Guy Smith in Nebraska for the Nebraska state welterweight title. The loss was drenched in controversy after the fight was stopped due to a cut over the eye of Jarabek in the third round of a scheduled six round fight causing the Colorado native to take his first loss of his career. Jarabek has had ample amount of time away in my opinion to come back with a clear mind and a path and plan to fighting smart and not emotional after such a hard way to take your first loss of your career with many people having him ahead three rounds to none when the fight was stopped in Nebraska late last year. Combine the determination to come back better and even more prepared than ever, with the fact that Hernandez is on a five-fight losing streak, not tasting victory since 2013, gives Jarabek a great opportunity to shine back at home and move forward with the Guy Smith fight far in his rearview mirror.
With Lopez and Jarabek fighting on this card, they alone make for must see boxing in the state of Colorado, but I would be lying if I wasn’t a little worried at first of the fate of this card as we saw a few fights fall off over the last few weeks, with really pleasing names attached to those fall outs but I gradually grew to love this set six fight card. I went ahead and asked SCL Boxing match maker Chris Maclean-Maestas for a statement on the fights that fell off the card during the build up to fight night, his thoughts on the card and his take on the main event of the evening and Misael Lopez in general. Chris was so kind to give me the statement I asked for and it reads as follows.
SPARTA COMBAT LEAGUE BOXING MATCH MAKER
““Unfortunately, we have had a couple of fights fall out due to injuries and pull outs. The highly-anticipated bout between Melik Elliston and Freddy Marquez. The Andrew Strode and Nicholas Brand fight and the return of Manny Lopez is off, but we still have a loaded 6 fight card for Colorado boxing fans, with solid matchups and the best up and comers in the state!
Misael Lopez will be facing a hard-hitting Rene Marquez who will be making his super featherweight debut after fighting as high as 154lbs! Lopez who hasn’t had an easy touch yet seems primed and ready to take on Marquez Saturday night.”
Maclean-Maestas added, “Also there will be a treat for fight fans when number 1 ranked junior welterweight Terrance “Bud” Crawford, number 4 ranked junior welterweight Adrian “El Tigre” Granados and former world champion and local hero “Mile High” Mike Alvarado will be in attendance!”
As you see the excitement is still high and should be for many of the reasons I stated in the main and co main event fights on the evening. The rest of the card will consist of another set of up and comers putting undefeated records at stake when Jose Arrelano (1-0) fights Marco Ambriz (1-0 1KO) in a scheduled 4-round bout taking place at 133lbs.
As I said before this card is packing quite the punch with only six fights because of fighters like Treven Coleman (5-0 3KO) of Nebraska coming to the mile-high city to take on Demetrius Wilson (0-2) in what is sure to be a non-stop four round contest at 135lbs.
The pro fights are rounded out by Antonio Flores (2-0) who is looking to stay unbeaten against Nick Robinson who is making his pro debut in this four-round contest taking place at 135lbs. The last fight to be mentioned for this fight card is also the only amateur fight taking place at SCL “Young Guns Boxing”, and will be between Milton Rogue and Sergio Lujuan in a 3-round fight at 147lbs.
Tickets are still available for this event online and can be purchased on Saturday night at the door of the event as well. Stay locked in to the Fight Magazine for all the results of this event and more that are taking this place this weekend in Colorado and beyond.