Over this past weekend, Golden Cobra Center of Fitness traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to compete in the Rosales Fight Night Kickboxing Championships (Sanctioned by the AKBA).
Jesse (The Beast) Duran was the only Golden Cobra to compete. We had more fighters who wanted matches, but Jesse was the only one who got to fight this time around.
The event was standing room only with people peaking in through the windows. With that many people in a small gym it felt like a sweatbox.
The event headlined two New Mexico state kickboxing titles, seven boxing matches, and two more kickboxing matches, including Jesse (The Beast) Duran's fight against David Hensen from Rosales Kickboxing.
Jesse came out strong in the first-that was our game plan; not to wait and feel it out, but to battle from the start of round one.
Within 30 seconds, The Beast dropped David with a left hook for a standing eight count.
David came back and showed heart, but Jesse still got the better of him with superior boxing and kicking skills. Jesse landed many left and right hooks to David's head.
Toward the end of the round, David slipped in a kick that landed on Jesse's groin and the ref gave The Beast time to recuperate. After gaining his composure, Jesse landed a clean spinning back fist to the head and then a flurry of punches, forcing David into a corner until he was saved by the bell.
The Beast was loose.
Jesse started the second round the same way he ended the first, with a spinning back fist. Jesse threw that punch several times in the fight and landed it every time but once.
Jesse started to control his opponent in the second round with inside and outside leg kicks. He also threw a superman punch.
The start of the third round was a solid one-two, left-jab straight-right combination from Jesse, followed by another flurry of punches resulting a standing eight count.
Jesse out skilled his opponent in every round, bringing him a unanimous decision.
This most recent trip to Albuquerque was a great learning experience for Jesse and Golden Cobra. Jesse took all the skills he learned in the gym and applied them in battle. He followed the game plan and he did everything his trainers asked him to do.
I, along with trainer Robert Gonzales, feel this was one of Jesse's best fights. It's just one step in the ladder for Jesse, as he continues to climb.
We have six fighters slated to fight July 30 in Phoenix for the Madison Knight Boxing event.
The next local event is planned for August 20 at Larry Green for Turn Green into Gold III.
For more info on Boxing, Kickboxing, Mau Thai and upcoming events, stop by Golden Cobra Center of Fitness on Main Street in Cottonwood, or call Richard Williams at 300-0281.