Vallejo wins Montana junior title

2014-04-06T17:40:00Z 2014-04-06T22:57:04Z Vallejo wins Montana junior titleGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
April 06, 2014 5:40 pm  • 

BELGRADE -- Former Billings Club Boxing star Jesus Vallejo won his first professional boxing championship here late Saturday night.

While Vallejo earned the newly-created Montana state junior middleweight title, Luis Ramon "Yory Boy" Campas dealt Billings' Daniel Gonzalez a six-round setback at the Silver Spur Arena.

The 31-year-old Vallejo improved to 6-9-1, with all six of his wins by knockout, with a first-round TKO of Mikhail Lyubarsky (3-16-0) in the night's co-main event. 

"I threw a straight right shot to the body," said Vallejo of his finishing blow. 

Vallejo said his next bout will probably be against Chris Asher (1-5-2) of Bozeman in September at a a location to be determined. Hollis Huggins will promote the title bout.

"The only time I enjoy the moment is when I am in the ring," Vallejo said of the victory. "As soon as I stepped out of the ring, I went back to reality and was humble and kept my focus."

The 42-year-old Campas improved to 102-17-3 in his storied career with the unanimous-decision victory. Gonzalez, 35, fell to 9-31-2. The main event bout was contested over six rounds at 160 pounds.

"We put on a good show," Gonzalez said. "I banged it out with the guy and didn't run. It was a good, competitive boxing match. He did catch me with a body shot. That is his strength is his body shot. He is known for that. I was able to withstand it and take more. It was good times."

Gonzalez, who works at the coal mine near Roundup, said he isn't shutting the door on his boxing career. However, he would like to open a boxing gym in Billings -- for fighters like himself and young amateurs -- and eventually become a coach. 

Joe Diaz, the longtime manager and trainer of Campas, said the Mexican legend was going back to Mexico to see family for a short stay and would then come back to Montana to prepare for another fight, possibly in Spain or Russia. Diaz said other possibilities include a match with Felix Trinidad or Bernard Hopkins. Diaz added that Campas likes the Montana experience and could possibly one day locate here with his family and help Diaz work with younger fighters at a gym in Three Forks. 

In semi-pro boxing, Billings' Jayden Romero and Anthony Sullivan both won by stoppage. Magic City boxer Eric Simonton claimed a semi-pro victory by decision. 

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