McCarter headlining pro card Saturday at Sky Ute

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 3:45 PM
Elco Garcia in action during the 2016 Fight Night fights at Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio. The local favorite has a 29-10 pro record with 13 knockouts. He will face Terry Buterbaugh Saturday in Ignacio.
Ignacio boxer Elco Garcia after a win at the 2012 "March Mayhem" card at Sky Ute Casino.

There's such a thing as a long-awaited rematch.

And then there's the scheduled rumble-headlining the Saturday, March 3, professional 'March Boxing Madness' card, arranged by Left Hook Promotions, at Sky Ute Casino Resort Events Center-between veterans Layla McCarter and Victoria Cisneros.

Neither being a stranger to the town of Ignacio, the pair will square off inside the ring for the first time since 2006 and battle for Women's International Boxing Federation and Global Boxing Union interim world welterweight champion status.

Having strung together 17 consecutive victories since last losing in '07, the Las Vegas-based McCarter - ranked second at the 147-pound limit by the WIBF - will arrive with 40 wins (10 by knockout) to her decorated name, against 13 losses and five draws. Ranked fifth, Albuquerque's Cisneros stands 13-19-2 with six stoppages, and the bout is slated for 10 three-minute rounds.

Anchoring the undercard and still seeking his 30th pro win, local icon Elco "The Animal" Garcia (29-10-0, 13 KO) will throw down with Colorado Springs' Terry Buterbaugh (11-11-3, 5 KO), while Four Corners vet "Ironman" Joe Gomez (20-7-1, 9 KO), a couple weeks removed from his 33rd birthday and back in action for the first time since 2015 - when he defeated Buterbaugh - will meet Denver's well-traveled Corey Alarcon (17-20-1, 4 KO).

Always up to travel to the Events Center, regional familiar Steve Victor (2-7-2) is scheduled to fight Daniel Gonzales (12-42-2, 4 KO) of Billings, Mont., returning to the venue after first fighting inside it in October, 2016. Also no stranger to the site, Zamir Young (2-6-1) will meet a first-time foe in Costa Rica-born Las Vegan lefthander Arturo Izquierdo (4-0-0, 1 KO).

Denver's Alma Garcia (2-5-0, 1 KO) is set to test 20-year-old Albuquerquean Katie Ramirez (0-2-1) for four two-minute rounds, and Durango's Miguel 'El Coyote' Gallegos (4-1-1, 1 KO) is scheduled to challenge Farmington's Joe Barela (5-3-0, 2 KO), returning as a competitor in the ring after nearly 10 years, for a tentatively-scheduled four-rounder.

Doors are set to open at 5 p.m., with first bell targeted for 7. Ignacio's Ring of Champions Boxing Club will host amateur bouts starting at 11 a.m.

DID YOU KNOW: Though it's taken them over a decade to dance with each other again inside the ropes, Cisneros' and McCarter's could, if they so chose, meet to celebrate their birthdays yearly; the former's falls on April 17 and the latter's April 19.

STILL GOT 'EM: Scheduled to fight in April for the first time since winning the two titles-formerly believed to be up for grabs in Ignacio-in September 2017, German Verena "The Empress" Kaiser (10-0-0, 5 KO) is still the reigning WIBF/GBU world welterweight champ going into March '18.

According to information detailed at, paraphrasing GBU President Juergen Lutz, the McCarter-Cisneros bout will "be considered as an eliminator to face Kaiser for the regular championship belts."