Monday, April 10, 2017


Nickname: "The Body Stopper"

      After a successful amateur boxing career going 30-15, and earning him the nickname "The Body Stopper" because of his dedicated body attack in some of his bouts, Albuquerque, New Mexico's Nazareth Rojas turned professional on August 8th, 1998.  He dropped a 4 round unanimous decision to hard punching fellow Albuquerque fighter - Raul Garcia.

   He won his next fight against another hard punching oopponent, Colorado's Art Cruz.  That fight took place in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

   Naz was 1-1 now as a pro, but had to go on the road for 3 of his next 4 fights, traveling to Boise, Idaho, and twice to Denver to get fights.  He went 1-3 in that tough stretch.  He did stop Julian Romero by DQ in round 5 during that stretch, that fight took place in Alamogordo, NM.  But lost a decision in his rematch with Art Cruz, this time up in Denver.
Rojas (left) in his pro debut - Albuquerque, NM

   His record now stood at 2-4.  This is when things started to go in the right direction.  Oct. 23, 1999 Naz faced fellow New Mexican Lorenzo Estrada at the Ice-o-Plex arena in Rio Rancho, NM.  The bout was a tough one that ended in a majority draw with 2 of the judges scoring the bout 57-57, while judge Levi Martinez saw it 58-56 in favor of Rojas.  Just about two weeks later, the two would meet again, this time at Robertson Gymnasium in Las Vegas, NM on the undercard of an event that featured two rising New Mexico stars - Frankie Archuleta, and Andres Fernandez.  It was a determined Rojas that stopped Estrada in round 4 of a bout set for 6 rounds.  It was a spirited fight with both guys landing some bombs, while Estrada's heart showed, in the end Rojas' superior boxing skills and power won out.

   Rojas won 2 of his next 3 fights, and then stepped away from the sport for a 10 year stretch.  He was 5-5-1 at the time.
   Nazareth Rojas returned to the ring March 31, 2012 to face fellow New Mexico favorite - Jeremiah "The Jet" Torres in a bout fought at the Jr. Middleweight limit of 154 Lbs.  It was 14 pounds north of the 140 that Rojas had last fought 9 1/2 years earlier.  He hadn't lost a step, and looked impressive as he won a solid unanimous decision over his in-state rival.


   Naz fought just twice more after that, losing a decision in Longmont, Colorado, and then his final pro bout on July 27, 2012 at age 32, where he dropped a decision to Las Vegas, NM's Arturo Crespin (6-2-1, 2 ko) in a bout staged at the Wool Warehouse in Albuquerque.

   Nazareth "The Body Stopper" Rojas ended his professional boxing campaign with a final record of: 6 wins, 7 defeats, and 1 draw, winning 2 by knockout.

Click HERE to see Nazareth Rojas complete pro record on

If you would like to see Nazareth Rojas in ring action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:


 1. RAUL GARCIA                                 [L-4] (Pro Debut)
2. ART CRUZ #1                                     [w-4]
3. LORENZO ESTRADA #1                  [Draw-6]
4. LORENZO ESTRADA #2                  [tko-4]

Amateur Bouts:
1. Jeremiah Torres
2. Anthony Archuleta
3. Chris Aragon
4. Juan Miguel Silva Alvarado

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Nickname: "Kenny"

   Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's Quirino "Kenny" Garcia is an incredible story of a boxer.  Starting out losing his first 18 Pro bouts, he ended up with a collection of Title Belts and a respected name in the sport.

   He turned professional on April 27, 1990 in Tucson, AZ being stopped in 3 rounds by 2-0 Bobby Gunn.  He was tough enough that he would be fed as an opponent to a lineup of pro boxers with a combined record of 113-6-1 in his first 18 bouts.  He went 0-18 to start his career, but he was learning as he went along, and developed some excellent skills.

   It was Sept. of 1994 when Garcia got his first win against Norberto Bueno (18-12, 14 ko) by tko in round 6.  Garcia must have liked the taste of victory, because he did not lose another pro bout for the next 3 years!  He fought for his first title, the Mexican National Middleweight championship against defending champion - Eduardo Gutierrez (19-3-1, 15 ko).  The bout ended in a draw, but it cemented Garcia's place of respect in professional boxing.

   Garcia continued his hot streak defeating former World Champions, and contenders including:  Rene Herrera, Jorge Vaca, Terrence Alli, Eric Holland, Charles Whittaker, Meldrick Taylor, and Simon Brown.  And in that incredible stretch he won:  The Mexican Jr. Middleweight, The WBB Jr. Middleweight, The IBF Inter-Continental Jr. Middleweight, and the WBC International Jr. Middleweight Titles.

   He continued to face top notch opposition, defeating even more big names including: Alfred Ankamah, Buck Smith, Frankie Randall.  He also lost a razor thin decision to Olympic Gold Medalist, and future World Champion David Reid.

   Garica finally got his chance to challenge for a world title.  It was March 23, 2002 when he traveled to London England and faced British hero - undefeated WBF Jr. Middleweight Champion Steve Roberts (28-0, 11 ko) for his title.  Quirino lost a pretty lopsided unanimous decision.

Quirino Garcia: One of boxing's great turnarounds

    Garcia battled on, remaining world ranked for most of the rest of his boxing career.  He fought for more titles, and faced more ranked opponents as he went along in a career that spanned nearly two decades!

   He won the Mexican National Middleweight and Light-Heavyweight titles, and fought for the vacant IBA Middleweight title (Losing to David Lopez by decision), and also fought for the vacant NABO Light-Heavyweight Championship (that bout ending in a draw against Derrick Whitley).

   Quirino fought his final pro bout on Nov. 28, 2009 regaining the vacant Mexican National Middleweight Title belt against Victor Hugo Lara, and then calling it a career.

   Can you imagine a story of a boxer starting off 0-18, and finishing his career with a record of 40 wins, 28 losses, and 4 draws, winning 28 of those by knockout?  Well, it happened... in REAL LIFE!  An amazing boxing career to say the least.

   I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing "Kenny" twice.  The first time was Feb. 15, 1992  in
Thornton, Colorado when he faced local favorite "Arrogant" Anthony Brown.  And then again in Sept. of 1992 when he faced Daniel Perez in Albuquerque.  He was 0-9 when he fought Brown, and 0-12 when he faced Perez.  He lost both times, and I had no idea of the legendary champion that he would become.  No one in attendance at either of those bouts had any idea of what he would achieve!

Click here to see the amazing record of:  Quirino "Kenny" Garcia's amazing pro record on

If you want to see Garcia in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. TIM LITTLES                                      [ko-by-3]
2. ANTHONY BROWN                         [L-4]
3. BILLY LEWIS                                     [L-6]
4. DANIEL PEREZ                                  [tko-by-1]
5. EDUARDO "Lalo" GUTIERREZ #2     [tko-12]
6. RENE HERRERA #3                            [ko-4] {WBC International Jr. Middle Title}
7. ROLAND RANGEL                             [w-8]
8. STACY GOODSON                            [tko-3]
9. DAVID REID                                       [L-10]                              
10. JULIO GARCIA                                 [L-12] {WBC Continental Americas Middle Title}
11. DAVID LOPEZ                                  [L-12] {Vacant IBA Middle Title}

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Monday, February 6, 2017


Nickname: "Baby Joe"

  Born in Tonawanda, NY, Buffalo's "Baby" Joe Mesi was a great amateur boxer who won the New York Golden Gloves and made it to the finals of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials.  Losing to eventual representative Lawrence Clay Bey.  Not bad for a guy who didn't even pick up boxing until he was 19 years old.  He was obviously talented, and a fast learner with a solid work ethic.

   Joe turned professional on Nov. 1, 1997, just weeks before his 24th birthday.  He served quick notice that he was a heavyweight to watch, as he ko'd Dwayne Cason Allen in 1 round.

   He continued to face opponents that could not put up much reistance against his skills.  He just kept fighting and building a huge fan base in the Buffalo area.  After 13 fights, and wins over well regarded Art Bayliss and Brian Sargent, he took a shot at the vacant New York State Heavyweight Title against Brooklyn's Anthony Green (10-5, 2 ko).  It was pretty interesting for a few rounds, but Mesi started to get to Green, and eventually stopped him in round 8 to win his first title belt and become "New York's Champion".

   From here it was the next level for Mesi.  He continued to win impressively against some very good heavyweights including: World Heavyweight Title Challenger - Cuba's Jorge Luis Gonzalez (31-6, 27 ko), Former WBF & NABF Heavyweight Champion - "Smokin" Bert Cooper (35-20, 30 ko), Derrick Banks (20-9-1, 7 ko), Keith McKnight (41-3, 28 ko), and IBC Heavyweight Title Challenger - David Izon (27-4, 23 ko).

   In June of 2003 he was ready to take another step up and squared off with the man who had held the interim NABF Heavyweight Title - Robert Davis (28-5, 16 ko), this time it was for the vacant NABF Heavyweight Championship.  Mesi was hungry and more than ready for the big moment, as he disposed of Davis in 80 seconds of the ESPN2 televised bout.

   "Baby Joe" was now 26-0 with 24 wins by knockout, world ranked and ready to contend for a world Heavyweight Title.  He took on 3 world ranked contenders and vanquished all 3 of them:  DaVarryl "Touch of Sleep" Williamson (18-1, 16 ko), Monte Barrett (29-2, 16 ko), and a huge showdown with former Olympic Gold Medalist & former IBF Cruiserweight World Champion - Vasily Jirov (33-1, 29 ko's).  His management team included Bob Spagnola who helped to guide him to the top of the rankings.  He was trained by Juan Deleon, the brother of World Champion Carlos "Sugar" Deleon.  It all came together.  He had arrived.

    It was the Jirov fight that would pretty much decide the rest of Mesi's promising career.  He was knocked down 3 times in the brutal war with Jirov, and even though Joe got up off of the canvass  to win a unanimous decision, an MRI showed signs of injury serious enough to move the Nevada Boxing Commission to suspend Mesi from boxing in Nevada.

   Mesi and his team guided by Bob Spagnola, fought the suspension, but even though they presented medical evidence to clear him, the NMSAC stubbornly held to the suspension and would not lift it.

   Joe would be licensed to fight in other jurisdictions, but the bigger name venues were hesitant to go against the powerful and well respected Nevada Commission.  He fought on and returned to the ring 2 years later in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico where he shook off the ring rust with an 8 round shutout over Savannah, GA's Ronald "The Prophet" Bellamy (14-4-4, 9 ko).

   He fought on in Quebec Canada, Arkansas, Michigan, West Virginia, and his final pro bout was held Oct. 12, 2007 in Rhode Island where he scored another monstrous knockout (in round 1) over Shannon Miller (15-3, 9 ko) to win the vacant USNBC Heavyweight Title.

   Joe Mesi was now 36-0, 29 by ko, USNBC Champion, former NABF & New York State Heavyweight Champion.  The medical suspension from Nevada was just too much to overcome, and he never fought again.

   "Baby Joe" drew huge crowds in his home town of Buffalo, NY, he was becoming a big name in the boxing world, a top contender and a champion.  Joe never lost in the pro boxing ring, he was talented, a fan favorite, and very exciting.

   Click here to see: Joe Mesi's entire pro ledger on

If you would like to see "Baby" Joe Mesi in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. JIM BRACKNEY                         [ko-2]
2. ROWYAN WALLACE                [ko-2]   
3. GARY WINMON                        [tko-1]
4. MATT GREEN                             [ko-2]
5. BERT COOPER                           [tko-7] (*HL ONLY)
6. DERRICK BANKS                      [tko-1]
7. KEITH MCKNIGHT                    [tko-6]
8. TALMADGE GRIFFIS                 [tko-5]
9. DAVID IZON                               [ko-9]
10. ROBERT DAVIS                        [ko-1] {Vacant NABF Heavyweight Title}
12. MONTE BARRETT                    [w-10]
13. VASILY JIROV                          [w-10]
14. STEPHANE TESSIER                [w-6]
15. JASON WEISS                           [w-4]
16. GEORGE LINBERGER             [tko-1]


1. T.J. Wilson                     ('96 Eastern Qualifier)
2. Lawrence Clay Bey #1   (1996 U.S. Olympic Trials)
3. Lawrence Clay-bey #2    (1996 U.S. Olympic Boxoffs)

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Friday, January 6, 2017


Nickname: "Dangerous"

   Los Angeles, California Flyweight - "Dangerous" Pedro Pena was a standout amateur who won the National Golden Gloves.  He turned professional Nov. 29, 1996 scoring a 2nd round knockout and serving notice that he was a new force on the pro boxing scene.

   Guided by manager Tom Loeffler, he quickly moved his record to 10-0, 6 ko's and challenged Mexico City's Julio Cesar Alfaro (8-6, 3 ko) for the California State Jr. Bantamweight Title.  It was all Pena as Pedro scored a decisive unanimous decision over 8 rounds to win the State Title Belt.

   In Pedro's next fight he moved up in weight and took on former Amateur Star Orlando "Quick Draw" Malone for the California State Bantamweight Title and was most impressive winning his 2nd title belt with a 3rd round knockout.

    Pena wasted no time defending his title against Mexico City's Edgar Garcia, winning a 10 round decision.

   Less than 2 months after his title defense against Garcia, Pena challenged former World Title challenger - Sammy Stewart for the USBA Flyweight Championship.  He pitched a 12 round shutout, exhibiting total domination to take the USBA belt.  In what turned out to be Stewart's last pro bout.

   After a quick tune-up bout (scoring a 2nd round KO) and a successful USBA Title defense against Mariano Gonzalez (15-2-2, 11 ko), Pena turned to the big prize - the IBF World Flyweight Championship.  He faced the undefeated World Champion - Irene Pacheco (25-0, 20 ko) at the Don Haskins Arena in El Paso, Texas in a main event title bout broadcast on ESPN2.  It went as expected, and was very close going into the 11th round.  But Pedro Pena got caught by the powerful champion and was KO'd at 2:32 of round 11.

   Pena bounced back with back-to-back knockouts over Mexicali, Mexico's Porfirio Torres.  He was stunned in his next bout by rugged trialhorse Marcos "El Rojo" Badillo (13-15, 5 ko), being ko'd at the end of round 8 of a fight he was winning.

   Pena would fight just one more time, March 29, 2001 at The Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA, against a fellow contender Carlos Madrigal (14-2, 9 ko).  It was a short night as Madrigal shocked the entire arena
with a first round knockout over the favored Pena.

   Pedro's career was like a fast moving comet in the sky.  In just a little over 4 years, he had 21 pro fights, was world ranked, won the State Jr. Bantam and Bantam Titles, as well as the USBA Flyweight Championship belt, fought for the World Title, and earned respect and adoration from his fans.

Pedro's final career record was a good one:  18 wins, 3 losses, with 10 knockouts.

Click here to see:
Pedro Pena Entire Pro Career on

If you would like to see "Dangerous" Pedro Pena in ring action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. ARMANDO TORRES            [tko-1]
2. AUREO DOMINGUEZ          [ko-4]
3. SAMMY STEWART              [w-12] {USBA Fly Title}
4. IRENE PACHECO                 [ko-by-11] {IBF Fly Title}

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