Albuquerque boxer Sharahya Moreu is ready, more than ready, to turn professional after a long and successful amateur career.
But even if she didn’t turn pro, she said in a phone interview, she would still have signed with Atlanta-based Fighters First Management.
Fighters First is a relatively new company, run by two experienced boxing professionals: Adrian Clark and Jolene Mizzone.
Yoruba Moreu, his daughter’s coach, said he has known Clark for some time. He thinks “Fighters First” means what it says.
“(Clark) wrote this book called ‘Protect yourself at all times,'” the elder Moreu said. “That’s what the management company is based on, his book. And he’s had a lot of other fighters in the past.
Among Clark’s clients: current welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr.
Until this spring, Mizzone was vice president/chief matchmaker for Main Events, a historic boxing promotion company founded by the Duva family.
Sharahya Moreu, 23, admitted to some anxiety over the move from amateurs to pros – despite knowing for some time that was the plan. USA Boxing gave him experiences many would envy, such as trips to India and Bulgaria for international events.
“I’m excited, but also mixed feelings,” she said. “It’s a new journey, a new path, not really known. Just like stepping into something you don’t know.
“I’m just happy to have a good team, like managers and advisers, not just (on) boxing. They watch me mentally and physically, just making sure I’m okay.
She and her father were already working with Clark — there’s no rule that amateur boxers can’t have advisers — long before his last amateur fight.
That fight, a disputed split decision loss to Briana Carrera in a Golden Gloves Nationals quarterfinal on August 18, is in Yoruba Moreu’s mind one of the main reasons why it’s time for her girl leaving lovers.
“There are a lot of questionable decisions she’s made over the past year that make you wonder what we’re doing wrong,” he said. “But we were advised by people outside of USA Boxing and with interest they were saying that USA Boxing at this point already has who they want (as Olympic candidates) so whoever is a threat, they won’t let it. not move forward.”
The elder Moreu said he also had reason to believe his outspokenness about some of his daughter’s results hadn’t played well with USA Boxing – another reason it was time to move on .
Fighters First is strictly a management company and not a promoter, but Moreu said he’s confident Clark and Mizzone could secure a spot for Sharahya on an upcoming card staged by a major promoter — or, at best. case, to have her sign with one.
“Not letting the cat out of the bag,” Yoruba Moreu said, “but there’s a big promoter who really cares about her.”
WHERE THEY DARE: Traditionally, Utah State has been less than friendly to New Mexico athletes.
The UNM football team is 15-51-1 all-time on the road against Utah, Brigham Young and Utah State. Lobo’s men’s basketball team is 26-112 at Utah against the same three teams — plus one loss at Weber State.
Undaunted, three professional boxers from New Mexico will turn things around on Saturday night in Salt Lake City.
Bosque Farms’ Katherine Lindenmuth (2-0) takes on Yadira Bustillos (5-0) in a scheduled six-round super flyweight (115-pound) bout. Neither boxer scored a knockout.
Albuquerque light heavyweight Lorenzo Benavidez (3-4-1, one KO) is set to take on Damarian Kelly (4-4, three KOs) in a four-round bout.
Bosque Farms heavyweight Manuel Eastman (3-7-1, one KO) takes on Bishop Le’i (3-0, three KOs) in a four-rounder.
For Lindenmuth and Benavidez, at least, Salt Lake City is a neutral site. Bustillos is from Las Vegas, Nevada, Kelly from Casper, Wyoming, and both are fighting in Utah for the first time.
That’s not the case with mighty Le’i, Eastman’s opponent, who is listed as hailing from the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley City. Two of Le’i’s previous fights have taken place in SLC.