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Escalante Promotions’ Southwest Showdown Features Shabazz vs. Downs, and Croom Boxing Debut

Carlos Villa and John Montes Fight for Vacant Lightweight Texas Title

On Saturday night, Escalante Promotions is scheduled to hold an eight-bout fight card dubbed Southwest Showdown in Cantunillo, Texas inside the Alpha Athletics & Fitness Center.Southwest Showdown Fight Poster

In the evening’s main event fans will get a very compelling bout between Las Cruces, New Mexico’s Sijuola Ade “Siju” Shabazz (4-1, 4KOs) and Texas’ Keith Downs (3-0, 1KO) at 165lbs.

Shabazz was arguably the greatest New Mexican amateur boxer of all-time, winning seven N.M, Golden Glove Championships, three National Golden Glove Championships, and was a U.S. National Team Alternate.

Downs made his professional debut in March. This past May, he took a fight on three days notice against 25 fight veteran Raul Casarez and stopped in him in the first round.

Downs’ three professional opponents have a career record of 25-6 while Shabazz’s opponents combined for a 16-12-1 record.

The co-main event pins Carlos Villa (6-1-1, 4KOs) vs John Montes (5-5, 4KOs) at lightweight. The victor will be awarded the vacant Lightweight Texas Title.

In another intriguing bout, SWFight.com’s 2013 Mixed Martial Arts Fighter of the Year Kevin Croom (14-5 MMA record) will be making his professional boxing debut. Croom has no easy task against Las Cruces’ undefeated lightweight Johnny Guillen (2-0).

Main Event
Siju Shabazz vs. Keith Downs
Co-Main Event
Carlos Villa vs. John Monte
Undercard
Johnny Guillen vs Kevin Croom
Tim Meeks (2-1, 2KOs) vs. Nestor Figueroa (0-6) at Super Middleweight
Josue Garcia (1-2) vs. Anthony Rocha (Debut) at 145lbs
Thomas Drake (0-1) vs. Luis Zavala (Debut) at 200lbs
Derek Cranford (Debut) vs Jordan Alvarado (Debut)
Devonte Williams (1-0) vs TBA

Fight Week Schedule

Friday:
Weigh-In at Brew Sports Pub & Grill WEST at 2:00pm

Saturday-Southwest Showdown atAlpha Athletics & Event Center. Doors open at 6:00pm with fights starting at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at Alpha Athletics & Event Center located at 480 Talbot Ave. Suite E. Canutillo, TX, 79935.

Ticket Pricing: General Admission $20, Ringside $30, & VIP $75 (front row seating, private bar in exclusive area & Free Drink Tickets).

For more information call (915) 313-1944.

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