Last night, the Denver Athletic Club (DAC), 1325 Glenarm Place in downtown Denver, held their ‘Boxing Night Extravaganza’ benefiting IMPACT360 (formerly Mile High Squash), an education program running year-round that helps inner city youth attending Denver public schools navigate their way through high school and graduate from college. LIVE auction proceeds, all donated to IMPACT360, will be put to good use. To learn more about IMPACT360, contact Eric Eiteljorg at email@example.com or 720-323-3608.
A mouth watering dinner prepared in-house was provided the select gathering of DAC members and supporters of this fundraising effort beginning with an Iceberg Wedge with tomato, hard-cooked eggs, bacon, gorgonzola crumbles & avocado ranch dressing followed by a spectacular entrée consisting of an Herb Crusted Flat Iron Steak with Bordelaise Sauce & Lobster en Croute with Newberg Sauce with Sauteed Green Bean Almandine, Twice-Baked Potato with Mornay Sauce and ending with a delicious, sweet-tooth delightful dessert of Lemon Cello Tart with Raspberry Sauce Garnished with Fresh Berries.
Former Denver City Councilman and Master of Ceremonies Mr. Ed Thomas, continues doing an excellent job of getting the DAC members to open their wallets during the LIVE auction, it becoming much easier with any number of beautiful young ladies provided by event sponsor Diamond Cabaret at his side. DAC General Manager Mike Hestera, DAC Events Coordinator Katie Walters and their staff of diligent, friendly and efficient workers helped make the evening run as smooth as silk. A wonderfully unique version of our National Anthem sung (without any musical accompaniment) by Kala Hruby, was a nice beginning to a fabulous evening.
The support offered by DAC ‘Boxing Night Extravaganza’ event Sponsors; Diamond Cabaret, Matthew Wimmer, DMD, The Sawaya Law Firm and UMB Bank is without any doubt much appreciated. DAC Boxing Night Extravaganza Corporate Tables purchased by Centric Elevator, Cherry Creek Mortgage Co., Corry & Associates, Denver Sheriff’s Lodge 27-Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, Elite Entertainment, FMI Capital Advisors, Hercules Industries, Jim Sullivan (Sullivan Group), Keith Covill, Landgraf Plumbing, Meridian Golf, Ron Brown (Heidrick & Struggles), The Larry Martinez Family and The Honorable Ed Thomas are instrumental in the success of this event. The numerous and highly sought after LIVE auction items offered were donated by Bill’s Sports Collectibles, Wow Events and Latitude Sports Marketing.
Colorado Boxing Commission appointed referees and judges for last night’s entertainment portion of the show were Stephen Blea, Tom Johnson, Jeanne McEvoy, Ed Kugler and Tyrone Short.
Bout #1: (Female) Alma Garcia (Denver) and Brittany Cruz (Denver) held a 3 round, featherweight, exhibition bout that was very entertaining, to get things rolling.
Bout #2: (Super middleweight) Shane Moore (Denver) over Corey Bernard (Colorado Springs) via 4 rounds unanimous decision, 40-36 by judges McEvoy, Short and Johnson.
Bout #3: (Light welterweight) Treven Coleman (Omaha, Nebraska) over Hilario Ramirez-Medina (Longmont) via unanimous decision, 40-36 by judges Kugler, Blea and Short.
Bout #4: (Junior middleweight) Branden Buchanon (Denver) over Katrell Strauss (Cincinnati, Ohio) via 4 rounds unanimous decision by judges McEvoy,Kugler and Johnson.
Bout #5: (151 lbs.) Daniel Calzada (Dona Ana, New Mexico) and Guy Smith (Omaha Nebraska) fought to a middle decision DRAW, judge Kugler seeing Calzada the winner 40-36, while judges Short and McEvoy found the fight dead even.
Bout #6: (Junior middleweight) Terry Buterbaugh (Colorado Springs) over Paul Gutierrez (Houston, Texas) at 2:18 of round 4, getting the TKO win. Gutierrez did not answer the request of referee Blea to return punches after absorbing a barrage, the fight then stopped.
The Larry Martinez ‘Fighter of the Night’ Memorial Award went to Daniel Calzada, even with his fight declared a draw, the award taking some of the sting from what was considered by many a questionable decision. You may remember the now prophetic words of Daniel ‘Road Warrior’ Calzada who had previously stated, “Our problem has been not being able to catch a break, both here and on the road, when it comes to the scorecards”. The right thing to do would be for Calzada and Smith to engage in a rematch, neither side happy with the decision rendered here last night.