Boxing at the market place results - September 14, 2003

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Steve Valdez loses a controversial decision to Richard Conchas in the main event while Kenny Lemos, The Sagrado Warrior continues his winning ways.

After a warm midday, the fighters arrived at the packed complex that was The Colorado Marketplace in Johnstown, Colorado. Under a large tent, the workers busily set up seats and prepared for the on rush of the crowd. Fighters dressed in makeshift tents on either side of the main event as the promoters worked the crowded market place prior to the fight.

The main event featured Steve Valdez against Richard gBam Bamh Conchas. A see saw battle ensued with Valdez, a light welterweight with over fifty fights controlling the early action. His aggressive style frustrated Conchas throughout the first round, however; Conchas gained his bearings and started landing a thudding left. The second round saw much of the same with Valdez charging and throwing the straighter punches, while Conchas would score sparingly with chopping left hooks to the body and head. As the fight progressed, Valdez gained crowd support and increased his mad charge. Landing almost at will, Valdez turned the tide early in the third. His aggressive style put Conchas back on his heels throughout the round. It appeared midway through the round that Conchas was fading.

As was the story of this fight, fortunes changed again as Conchas put together four unanswered left hooks to the head while circling Valdez. There was some bounce left in his step as Conchas moved Valdez into to position to receive short combinations to the head and body. Valdez was dropped on what appeared to be a slip late in the round. The referee ruled it a knockdown and gave the required eight count. Conchas mounted a short attack, only to be terminated by the bell.

Valdez came out strong again in the fourth, rocking Conchas with an early right upstairs. The crowd rallied behind Valdez as he aggressively attacked Conchas for three strong minutes. Again, Valdez was put to the canvas on what appeared to be a legitimate knockdown. However, this time, it was called a slip.

The fifth round opened with more of the same-Valdez charging and Conchas playing the matador. Valdez was throwing effective head shots while maneuvering the ring. In a close exchange where Valdez was clearly dominating, heads clashed and Conchas immediately stopped and turned to the referee with blood streaming down the inside of his brow. While the fight doctor said he could continue, Conchas complained of blurred vision. On advice of the doctor, the referee circled the ring announcing the end of the fight. The job went to the judges who saw it as a unanimous decision for Richard Conchas with the scores of 49-46, 49-45, 49-45.

In undercard action, Kenny Lemos, gThe Sagrado Warriorh rocked Louis Monaco in the second round but was unable to finish him off due to a pre-fight illness. Lemos extended his winning ways at heavyweight by winning a unanimous decision 38-37, 39-36 & 40-35. In the most exciting fight of the night, Tony Morales earned a 2nd round TKO at 2:39 against first time fighter Jason Chacon who was clearly distraught after the fight. Art Medina outpointed Ricky Byrd 38-38, 39-37, 39-37 in a majority decision. Carlos Nevarez won a unanimous decision against Danny Almanza 40-36 on all three judges cards.

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