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Crespin edges Lanzas

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‘El Toro’ takes split decision for 11th professional win

By Dave Kavanaugh

It didn’t come easy, but Arturo “El Toro” Crespin got the better of his latest opponent and bounced back from a loss with a victory over a veteran middleweight.

Crespin earned a split decision win after going eight rounds with Julio Cesar Lanzas of Colorado Springs in the main event of a Saturday night professional boxing card in Albuquerque.

Two of the three judges favored Crespin with scores of 79-72 and 78-74. A third had Lanzas winning 77-75.

Crespin, a Meadow City native and West Las Vegas High graduate, carved out his 11th professional victory with three losses, one draw and one no-contest finish. Four of his wins have come by knockout.

Lanzas, a 36-year-old originally from Nicaragua, slipped to 8-19-6 with one KO win.

It was a key win for the 23-year-old Crespin, who’d lost a tough one to Christopher Pearson July 19 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

“It was a good, tough fight,” said Carlos Crespin, Arturo’s father and trainer. “There’s always adjustments we need to do, but he fought a good, tough journeyman that had more than double (the number) of fights.”

“I am proud of Arturo for stepping up to these guys that have been around a while in this sport; it’s good for Arturo. He’s maturing and doing better. I know he can always do better and will keep on trying to get better every fight.”

“I also want to thank all the fans that traveled to see him fight.”

On the undercard of “Fights at the PAL Auditorium” a Chavez Promotions card, another boxer with ties to the Meadow City didn’t fare quite as well.

Michael Coca Gallegos lost a six-round unanimous decision to Phillip Penson of Florida by scores of 59-54, 58-55, 57-56.

Coca Gallegos reportedly held the edge early in the bout before Penson took control in the third round of their six-round middleweight clash.

Coca Gallegos is 1-12-1 as a pro. Penson stayed unbeaten at 7-0-1.

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As part of Crespin’s preparation for Saturday’s fight, he sparred with Albuquerque junior welterweight Fidel Maldonado Jr., known by his moniker “The Atrisco Kid.”

Likewise, the sparring helped Maldonado tune up for another left-handed opponent, Luis Ramos Jr., who Maldonado called his biggest foe yet, in a Nov. 11 showdown in San Antonio, Texas.

Maldonado scored a big win in that fight, knocking out Ramos in the seventh round after twice flooring him in the sixth.

“The Atrisco Kid” improved to 16-2 and picked up his 12th KO victory.

Ramos lost for only the second time as a pro, falling to 23-2; 10 of his wins have been by knockout.

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Crespin’s Boxing will host the New Mexico Silver Gloves amateur tournaments Dec. 6-8 at the family gym on 900 West Valencia Street.

Admission is $12 general, $8 students, and free to children 5 and younger. First bout is set for 6 p.m.

Call 429-4068 or 425-1422 for tickets or other details.