Championship Thunder Comes To 'Cruces


POSTED: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 5:21pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 7:45pm

The lineup for Friday's "Championship Thunder" card at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces has been set. In the main, unbeaten heavyweight David "Nino" Rodriguez (35-0, 33 Kos) takes on journeyman Byron Polley (24-12-1, 11 Kos) of St. Joseph, Mo. Former contender Antonio Escalante (25-4, 16 Kos), also of El Paso, is up against New Orleans southpaw Rynell Griffin (6-6, 2 KO's).

In what might be the best fight of the night, the area's top two females at 130 pounds, Albuquerque's Nohime Dennison (4-1-1) and El Paso's Jennifer Han (6-1-1), will go at in a sixer. On the undercard: El Paso flyweight Joel Garcia (4-0, 1 KO) vs. Derrick Lopez (0-5) in a six-rounder; Filipino super bantam Bruno Escalante (4-0-1, 3 Kos) takes on Aaron Fernandez (2-5) in a four-rounder; and Carlos Villa (3-0, 2 Kos) is up against Las Cruces "Pitbull" Colbert Lozoya (5-10).

An official press conference is set to take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pan American Center, Barbara Hubbard Hall. The official weigh-in will take place on Friday, Dec. 2 at 2:00 p.m. inside the arena at the Pan Am Center.

Tickets are priced at $45 for Ringside, $15 General Admission, and are Available at Ticketmaster, Pan Am Center Box-Office or by calling 575-646-1420

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Despite my love for boxing...I refuse to pay for a ticket to watch David Rodriguez. El Pasoans are getting dupped by someone with the most padded record in the sport. Rodriguez has over 30 fights, is in his 30's and still fighting someone with a 24-12 record? a main event!!! As much as love and support Jenny Han and Antonio Escalante, I will not be dupped...not to mention that there will be a ton of great boxing on the same night on both hbo ppv and Showtime

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