Isleta Resort & Casino and Fresquez Productions present MARCH BADNESS, an evening of boxing at Isleta Resort & Casino on Saturday, March 7th.
Doors will open at 5:30pm, the first match will take place at 7pm and tickets start at just $25.
The Main Event features Matthew “Diamond Boy” Griego, from Albuquerque, putting his undefeated record on the line against Ronnie Baldonado, fighting out of the Philippines.
The evening will feature an undercard of professional and amateur matches, many including New Mexican fighters.
Fresquez will also be making 25 years of fight memorabilia available to boxing fans before and after MARCH BADNESS.
A link will automatically be distributed via text or e-mail for all online purchases to download tickets 48 hours prior to show.
Fresquez Productions is Celebrating 25 Years!
Join Fresquez Productions in celebrating over 25 years of business with the return of March Badness Boxing. In commemorating this event, Fresquez Productions invites you to walk down memory lane with us and share the Authentic Artifacts that we have collected over the years – From autographed Muhammed Ali gloves, to autographed Holly Holm gloves to original Johnny Tapia posters and so much more.
All artifacts will be available for purchase on the night of the March Badness event.
View some of the memorabilia above!
(The number on the image is the quantity amount that will in stock of each item. Items are only available while supplies last and prices for each item will be listed at the event.)
Fresquez Productions Inc was founded in 1992 and has produced over 200 events featured on Showtime, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, Telefutura, Univision and PPV. In recent years, Fresquez Productions has focused on promoting World Champion and pound for pound boxing queen Holly Holm. In the past, Fresquez Productions has represented a who’s who of New Mexican fighters such as World Title fighters Danny Romero and Johnny Tapia.
Recently, Fresquez Productions has delved into the world of MMA. Whether it is a boxing or MMA event, Fresquez Productions maintains its commitment to arranging and promoting the best fights in New Mexico and Texas.
5’8″ southpaw Holly Holm from Sandia Heights in Albuquerque, New Mexico was born on October 17, 1981. Holly’s path to a boxing career began with aerobics. “I started aerobics to keep in shape, saw the (kickboxing) class, thought it looked pretty cool, so I thought I’d try it for one fight and see what it was like,” says Holm.
Holm’s most notable win in mixed martial arts (MMA) occurred at UFC 193, in front of a record-breaking crowd for a UFC event (56,214 people) in Melbourne, when she captured the bantamweight title and gave Ronda Rouseyher first and only loss in the sport. The fight is considered one of the biggest upsets in the history of sports.
Holm is the first person to win championships in both boxing and mixed martial arts. As of July 28, 2016, she is ranked the #4 female bantamweight contender by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and the #2 fighter by Sherdog. She is also ranked the #3 pound-for-pound female fighter by Sherdog, while Fight Matrix lists her as #7. UFC fighter and teammate Jon Jones has called her the greatest female athlete in the history of combat sports.
Romero’s first fight as a professional was on September 14, 1992, when he knocked out Raul Hernandez in the first round at Phoenix, Arizona. His first eight bouts all took place in the Phoenix area, and he won all, seven by knockout. His first fight outside Phoenix was on April 13, 1993, when he knocked out Alberto Cantu in three rounds at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. On May 22 of that year, he had his first professional fight in his hometown, Albuquerque New Mexico USA, knocking out Silverio Porras in two rounds.
Romero retained his world title by knockout, Romero and Tapia met to unify the IBF and WBO world Super Flyweight championships. On July 18, 1997, the long-awaited bout finally took place, with Tapia winning a close twelve round unanimous decision. On May 23, 2003, in front of his hometown crowd following a twelve round unanimous decision win over Trinidad Mendoza gave him his third world title in three different weight classes, winning the IBA’s Super-Bantamweight title.
John Lee Anthony “Johnny” Tapia was an American professional boxer and a five-time world champion at super flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight. Tapia’s professional boxing career began on March 25, 1988, when he fought Effren Chavez in Irvine, California. After four rounds of boxing, the fight was called a draw. He won eight fights that year, five by knockout, of which four were in the first round. In 1989, he won seven more fights, including a first-round knockout of Abner Barajas and an eight-round decision against John Michael Johnson.
On January 17, 2007, Tapia held a press conference stating that he would face Ilido Julio on February 23 in his home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, then retire. The bout was being promoted as The Final Fury and Tapia promised he would win. Tapia won the fight by majority decision, 98-92, 96-94, 95-95.