Another round of 'Boxeo'

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Several of Las Vegas' professional boxers will be showcased when local promoter Carlos Crespin brings his second major pro card to town in November.

“Boxeo en Las Vegas II” is set for Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Gillie Lopez Gymnasium. Tickets -- $25 bleachers, $50 floor seats -- will go on sale in a couple of weeks, Crespin told the Optic on Wednesday.

Nine pro bouts are tentatively scheduled, with several of them featuring fighters from the Meadow City. Arturo “El Toro” Crespin, who headlined the card for this past spring’s “Boxeo en Las Vegas,” the debut event for his father’s Crespin Promotions, will again box in a featured bout. “El Toro” is 5-1 with two wins by knockout.

The card will also include bouts starring Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin (2-2-1), veteran pugilist Shawn “The Educator” Gallegos (17-4, five KOs) and Michael Coca Gallegos (0-7). As of press time, the promoter was in talks with another Meadow City favorite -- Frankie Archuleta -- for a potential appearance. Crespin said he expected to release a full lineup later this month.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., with first bell ringing at 6.

“Boxeo” in April drew approximately 1,200 fans to the Gillie Lopez Gym, Crespin reported. “We did all right,” he said. “There were seven other things going on (in town that weekend). This time, hopefully we’ll get more people.”

Those who did make it in April witnessed a competitive and entertaining lineup of fights and hard-fought victories by both Crespin siblings as well as Shawn Gallegos, who successfully shook off a couple years’ worth of ring rust.

Amanda Crespin, who has demonstrated a bit more power and snap to her punches in recent showings, has a busy schedule this fall. She’s due to box in an Oct. 1 ShoBox card promoted by Jerry Shaw; that card, to be headlined by Albuquerque’s Archie Ray Marquez vs. Juan Santiago, will be held at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. While Crespin’s opponent hadn’t been finalized as of press time, it’s looking like Mandy La Puente of Las Vegas, Nev., or possibly Crystal Hoy, also of Sin CIty. Then Crespin will take part in an Oct. 16 Golden Girl Promotions show at Santa Ana.

That kind of activity is reminiscent of this past spring, when she fought twice in a three-week span; both fights -- against Linda Custodio and Clara De La Torre -- were victories for Crespin.

Arturo Crespin may also get a fight sometime in late October, possibly in Utah, his father said. He is coming off a six-round technical knockout of Daniel Gonzalez in April.

Archuleta (26-7-1, 14 KOs) had been slated to fight five-time world champion Johnny Tapia over the summer, originally at Ohkay Casino in Española, for what would have been the third and decisive fight in their rivalry. Arturo and Amanda Crespin had both been pencilled in for fights on the undercard. Multiple delays, cancellations and venue changes later, it appears that main event is off at least for the near future.

Archuleta’s most recent fight was an eight-round unanimous decision win over Lorenzo Estrada on Aug. 28, 2009, at the Wilson Complex on the undercard of the Holly Holm-Terri Blair headliner.