by Ken Pishna (Photos courtesy of April Pishna)
Saturday night was a much better night for rising middleweight talent Chris
Camozzi than it was for the debuting Elite Fighting Xtreme promoters. The first
event of the new promotion offered a fair amount of local talent that put forth
their best efforts, but EFX had a difficult time drawing fans to the 5,000-seat
Wells Fargo Theater in Downtown Denver.
put attendance well below the 1,000 mark for the opening effort of EFX,
although the promoters would not verify what the actual attendance was.
event featured a middleweight title fight pitting International Fight League
veteran Donnie Liles – just one week removed from a decision loss to Jay
Hieron in the World Grand Prix – against the aforementioned Camozzi, who
was coming off of a winning effort just two weeks prior.
appeared to take the upper hand early on, landing several good punching
combinations that tested the chin of his opponent. Camozzi passed the test,
however, and rebounded midway through the opening round to turn the tide. Just
before the bell, he dropped Liles to the mat with a body shot and followed up
with a barrage of punches that caused the referee to step in and stop the bout.
Camozzi said after the fight that he “didn’t really feel good out there,” you’d
have been hard pressed to know it the way he stunned Liles and closed out the
fight. The win improved his overall record to an impressive 8-0 and should
start earning him some strong looks from promoters outside of the Rocky
Murillo defeated Cameron Dollar after an overtime-round to clear up a two-round
draw for the EFX and Tap or Snap (another local promotion) lightweight
Henley won a unanimous decision over Jason Brenton for the EFX amateur lightweight
Martinez won two fights on Saturday night, first defeating Phil Bentley by TKO
and then Nick Bushman by rear naked choke, to win a four-man tournament and the
amateur featherweight belt.
Camozzi def. Donnie Liles by TKO (Strikes) at 4:58, R1
Hooker def. Jeremy Hart by Submission at 4:57, R2
Johnson def. Preston Scharf by Unanimous Decision, R3
Murillo def. Cameron Dollar by Unanimous Decision, R3 (OT)
Gallardo def. Andre DeVillier by Submission at 2:11, R2
Smith def. Mark Korzenowski by Split Decision, R2
Martinez def. Nick Bushman by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:31, R1
Henley def. Jason Brenton by Unanimous Decision, R3
Ferrell def. Ronnie Encinias by Unanimous Decision, R3
Jarramillo def. Shawn Flannagan by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:24, R1
Martinez def. Phil Bentley by TKO (Strikes) at 1:07, R1
Bushman def. Alan Alano by TKO (Strikes) at 0:37, R1
Martinez def. Titus Holmes by TKO (Injury), R2