Tim Coleman & Archie Ray
Both Score Third Round KO's On ShoBox
Photos: Tom Casino - SHOWTIME
Friday’s ShoBox: The New
Generation fights were scheduled for 20 rounds, but
prospects Tim Coleman and Archie Ray Marquez only needed
a total of six to score quick KOs on SHOWTIME® from
Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
In the main event, Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) was
aggressive, scoring a knockdown in the second round
before landing a brutal uppercut that KO’d two-time
Venezuelan Olympian Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (20-3,
12 KOs) at 2:13 of the third round.
In Friday’s co-feature, Marquez (10-0, 1 ND, 7 KOs) was
equally aggressive in his own third round knockout of
Juan “Chago” Santiago (13-5-1, 8 KOs) at :11.
Coleman, who was fighting at 140-pounds for just the
third time in a row and for the first time under trainer
Roger Mayweather, was clearly more comfortable and
powerful at light welterweight. Coleman scored the flash
knockdown in the second, but Lopez, who didn’t seem
fazed, came back with a vengeance to close out an
After heated exchanges for the first two minutes of the
third, Coleman landed a huge right uppercut that Lopez
walked right into. Clearly hurt, Lopez got up and
stumbled around before falling into his corner, forcing
the referee to end the bout.
“Since my move down in weight I’ve got more
comfortable,” Coleman said. “I listened to Roger. He
told me to hit the body and then land the uppercut. He
told me to come straight at him, and I did. He said I
needed to go for him or I’d miss the opportunity to
knock him out.”
Lopez, who was
world-ranked and inching closer to a shot at a world
title, wasn’t expecting Coleman to be that aggressive.
“I thought he would be backing up, backing up,” Lopez
said. “I was surprised he was so aggressive. I didn’t
see it (right uppercut) coming at all. He caught me.”
Coleman also surprised and impressed ShoBox color
commentator Steve Farhood.
“He (Coleman) had four career knockouts going in, but,
after watching what we just saw, that’s unbelievable,”
Farhood said. “I think if he was fighting at 140 pounds
the whole time he’d have many more knockouts.”
Marquez and Santiago
started out strong in the first, but Marquez was
deducted one point for a questionable low blow early in
the second round. Frustrated with the call and not
receiving a warning, Marquez came out gunning and more
aggressive than ShoBox fans had seen in his previous
appearance this past January.
Marquez landed combination after combination against the
ropes toward the end of the second, knocking down a
wounded Santiago, who got up but was lucky to get an
extra minute of rest when the round ended. Tasting
blood, Marquez didn’t waste a moment in the third to
jump on Santiago, who was quickly rendered defenseless
against the ropes. The onslaught of punches continued
and the referee quickly called the bout.
“I had him finished
against the ropes,” Marquez said. “He couldn’t fight
back. The ref did the right thing to end it. I felt
sharp (after the layoff) and it was the strongest camp
I’ve ever had.”
Santiago, who lost a split decision in his last ShoBox
appearance on May 14, was again disappointed in the
“I think it was called very quickly,” Santiago said. “I
wasn’t hurt at all – I was covering myself. He caught me
with a right hook, but I was good to continue.”
Farhood, who had
expected both fights to go the distance, was impressed
and surprised with Friday’s outcomes.
“This is why they fight the fights,” Farhood said. “On
paper, it looked like two distance fights. But both
winners fought more aggressively than we’re used to
seeing. The power they displayed was a pleasant
Friday’s fights will be available On Demand beginning
Wednesday, Oct. 6 and ending Tuesday, Oct. 19.
The fights were promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC.