Top promoters team up for Battle Under The Stars



From Chris Morris,

Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and Poor Boys Pro Boxing have teamed up with local MMA power promoter, Sven Bean to bring you no less than 11 bouts on a card entitled “Battle Under The Stars”.

The main event will pit Colorado’s Victor Villareal against tough veteran Patrick ‘Head Hunter’ Thompson from Nebraska. The bout will be an 8 rounder for the Colorado/Nebraska States title at super middleweight. The title will be recognized by both the Colorado and Nebraska state boxing commissions as well as the Association of Boxing Committee (ABC).

The chief support bout will be a rematch between welterweights Brad Jackson and Julio Lanzas, who fought to a draw in March. Jairo Delgado will take on 25 fight veteran Javier Segura in only his second start as a pro. Delgado is certainly one to watch for. Rounding out the boxing portion of the card is John Kiser against Jose Beltran and the much anticipated debut of Tommy Atencio. Atencio was an outstanding amateur in the Colorado boxing scene with many state, regional and national titles to his credit.

On the MMA side Sven Bean will present 6 bouts in his ‘Battle Quest’ series.MMA FEATURE BOUTS:There will be three solid MMA matches at the event featuring fighters from Colorado, Arizona, and South Dakota.

In a light heavyweight bout New York transplant Ken Kreuscher takes on Battlequest veteran Coy Sasse. Kreuscher is 1-1 in MMA and 1-0 in Muay Thai. All of wins have come by way of Knockout. He has trained with the likes of Renzo Gracie, Nate Marquardt and Kru Phil Nurse. Coy Sasse hails from Rapid City, South Dakota and is well rounded fighter out of Dynamic Martial Arts and is trained by veteran fighter/coach Josh Usera. Sasse made his debut at the Battlequest 8 event where he dispatched Rory O’Farrel in the first round. Sasse also has a 2-0 amateur boxing record.

In a battle of welter weights Ralston Baker clashes with Justin Gaethje. Baker is a very skilled MMA fighter, with a solid amateur boxing background. He is trained by Adam Martinez of Infinite Martial Arts, a Royce Gracie Affiliate academy. Baker is one of the top ranked up and coming welterweights on the ROF/BQ roster. Baker will be facing an amazing athlete in Justin Gaethje. Gaethje compiled a record of 191-9 wrestling at Stafford High School in Arizona, where he was a four-time regional champion, and twice named team captain. He is a two time Arizona State Champion. Also a standout football player, Gaethje won three varsity letters on the gridiron, and was named 1st Team and 1st State All-Region Defensive Back, as well as making the All-Star Team.

In the first MMA bout of the evening two lightweights will make their debut as submission stylist Justin Griffis locks up with wrestler Rocco Depaolo. Griffis is a Brazilian Jiujitsu blue belt under Mauricio Zingano. Depaolo is a Colorado state runner up and is part of the UNC wrestling squad.

MUAY THAI BOUTS:The fight card will also feature 3 women’s Muay Thai matches.

In the feature bout Lauren Sugihara faces Jessica Hollenback. Sugihara is better known as DJ Ms. Vicious, one of the most sought after DJ’s in the industry. She is known for her looks, something that has garnered attention from Playboy, but she can also fight. She is currently 2-0 in Muay Thai and will be looking to enter in to the MMA scene in the future. She is trained by the legend Clarence Thatch of 3-D Martial Arts. Jessica Hollenback is 1-0 and comes out of the Colorado Muay Thai camp. She has the most technically sound Muay Thai coach in the region, Oscar Martinez, in her corner.

La Boxing’s Christina Kaneesal (1-1) will face off against Colorado Muay Thai’s Rachel Sahlberg (2-0). Both girls are known for there toe-to-toe non stop style and should be a crowd pleaser.

And to kick off the night, Sarah Padilla (0-1) of Denver will face debut fighter Danyella Hogle at 132-137 lbs.

FIGHTS UNDER THE STARSThe event will take place Saturday, August 2nd outside at Softball Country.

Come watch 11 exciting Mauy Thai, MMA and Pro Boxing matches under the stars. Grab a cold one, and enjoy the fresh air and fights! The gates will open at 7:00 pm and the first bout will start promptly at 8:15 pm.

Softball Country is located at 2101 W 64th Avenue. It is just a few blocks west of Pecos on 64th.


* Available online at m * charge by phone at 303-864-2626 * Visit any KING SOOPERS or CITY MARKET location.

Ticket Prices:

* Rows 1-2, $50.00 * Rows 3-4, $35.00 * Rows 5-14, $25.00 * Bleacher Seating (GA), $25.00

SPECIAL VIP TABLE PACKAGES! Call (303) 246-5237 for details.

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