When Holly Holm announced last month that she would be retiring from boxing, many thought that would be the end or close to the end of promoter Lenny Fresquez reign as the top boxing Promoter in the southwest. Fresquez top draw over the last decade has been Holm, he has local fighter Matthew Baca under his banner, but once Holm announced she’d be leaving to pursue her MMA career most thought Fresquez would follow Holm to MMA, Fresquez says, not so fast.
“I love boxing and we will continue to put on events, not shows I like to put on boxing as an event." stated Fresquez. "New Mexico still has some young talent that can be groomed to be good draws here."
Fresquez, who has promoted over 120 cards in his career and has helped many get to another level once he has done his part in grooming them. Frankie Archuleta, Hector Muniz and the late Andres Fernandez were built under the Fresquez Banner, without Fresquez they would not have got other big fights or title shots. He helped them achieve bigger fights that otherwise they would not have obtained without his help.
Former World Champions Danny Romero Jr. and the late Johnny Tapia were promoted as well under Fresquez during their career. Tapia when he was WBO Champion on a few occasions and Romero Jr when he was trying to get back into title contention.
Now Fresquez will not have the top draw in New Mexico the past 8-10 years in Holm, so he will look to find the "next one".
"New Mexico has always had talent here, it’s a matter of taking it serious and wanting to grow as a fighter, I can help the get to a certain level that’s always been satisfying for me."